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We honor Anarcha the Slave! Resisting Patriarchy and Racist Capitalism

In 2015 # Anarchagland, an autonomous-research project of #gynepunk  in Catalonia,  renamed female sex glands after 3 slaves, Anarcha, Betsey and Lucy, who were abused as guinea pigs  by the maverick doctor J Marion Sims.  

Dr Sims, who had no gynecological experience,  obtained up to 20 black slave women suffering gynecological injuries of torn fistulas and experimented on them, without anesthetics , for 4 years in his ”medical Plantation” in Alabama .

“If there was anything I hated,” he wrote from the outset, “it was investigating the organs of the female pelvis.”

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Why you Can’t be a Feminist if you’re Not an Anarchist


Is every feminist secretly an anarchist?

Feminism is not feminism if it is not antisexist, but also must be:

  • Antiracist (for wimmin of color)
  • Anticapitalist (for working class wimmin)
  • Female+Female love-positive (for lesbians and bisexual wimmin)
  • Anti-state (against the state control of wimmin’s autonomy, rejecting patriarchal protection rackets)
  • Anti-hierarchy (against wimmin exploiting other wimmin)

I can’t tell you how many wimmin have been turned away from anarchism — the politics of opposing all hierarchy — due to male violence, male abuse, male threats, male testerics. And that is an awful shame, because wimmin have the greatest chance for achieving anarchy.It’s pretty simple… Forget all your preconceptions about what anarchism is. Forget malestream anarchism with its male fantasies of “let’s kill all the bad people and we will win” because that’s just naive. Men are pretty dumb, let’s be honest. They expect everything to be cleaned up after them. Continue reading Why you Can’t be a Feminist if you’re Not an Anarchist

British #YPJ Womens Fighter Kimmie Taylor: Rojava Revolution has Given me a new Life

British #YPJ fighter Kimmie Taylor came to N. Syria to write about women’s revolution, now takes part in the #Raqqa offensive. @kimmieslife   photo: Kimmie wearing the typical flower scarf of the YPJ

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    Wed Feb 8, 2017 translated from kurdiscat with thanks 
    Kimmie Taylor came to Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) to make a study of 10 days. Now is voluntary militia Yekîneyên Parastinê Jinê Yen (Women’s Defense Units, YPJ) and combat Democratic Forces in Syria (Syrian Democratic Forces, SDF). His name is Zilan Dilb militia). Apoc has learned little by Kurdish militia and Saturday was between announcing the launch of the third phase of the campaign ‘Wrath of the Euphrates. ”

    Heading to the frontline of Raqqa. Ciao!  0 replies1 retweet7 likes

    27-year-old Taylor is dedicated to journalism. She has hidden realities in the Western press. Therefore it has been in Africa, Latin America or China. Why has remained in Syria? “Rojava has been given life. I came to carry out a study of 10 days. I came to write the revolution of women.

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Nesrin Abdullah, spokeswoman YPJ Rojava – ‘Defend the Land. Transform the People’.

ypj-against-isisfrom  Kurdis Cat, with thanks. illustrations added

The spokeswoman for the Yekîneyên Parastinê Yên Jinê (Women’s Defense Units, YPJ), Nesrin Abdullah, has analyzed the current situation by the Firat News Agency in the first interview of the year 2017:

As YPJ, how do you evaluate the war in 2016? In what battles and operations did you participate?

In the first place, 2016 was a different year because some formations were established and the YPJ took part in these formations. Before 2016, YPG and YPJ carried out co-organized operations. However, in 2016, the YPJ participated in new structures and operations as a women’s force.nesrin-abdullahNesrin Abdullah, spokeswoman YPJ: ‘the struggle is not only for the defense of our land, but also for transforming people’ Continue reading Nesrin Abdullah, spokeswoman YPJ Rojava – ‘Defend the Land. Transform the People’.

Bengaluru attacks: Patriarchy excuses toxic masculinity by night and day

The toxic masculinity that triggered the New Year Eve’s attacks on women was there in the morning to deny they even happened.dc-cover-lrkpi1qm0tq2ul2f34ki3eoo03-20170107030557-medi
Mass sexual harassment occurred on New Year’s Eve in Bengaluru, India [EPA]

by  @meenakandasamy    Meena Kandasamy is a poet, fiction writer, translator and activist who lives in Chennai and London.  via Al Jazeera with thanks

The reasoning extended goes like this: You had violence visited upon you (groped/pinched/felt-up/beaten/raped/murdered) because you did this (wore short clothes, wore no clothes, wore revealing clothes, loved a man of the wrong caste, stepped out of home, stepped into the street at the wrong time of day, went to work, went partying, got drunk, got on a bus, were speaking to a man of a different religion, did not pay enough dowry, talked back, and so on).

The mass molestation of women in Bengaluru during the midnight celebrations at New Year brings to mind the similar outrageous incident that took place in Cologne last year.

The kneejerk reaction of the Indian political establishment was to blame “western culture” – Karnataka’s Home Minister G Parameshwara blamed young women for their western attire, while Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi blamed the late-night revelries as a western import.maxresdefault

Rewind to a year ago, and in another part of the world, immigrants were blamed for the sexual violence, asylum seekers were rounded up as suspects, and the right-wing seized the opportunity to talk about “rapefugees”

Violence against women is universal, so, we end up with multiple iterations of the same tragedy, with eerily similar responses: In India, the ruling class blames western culture. In the West, the ruling class blames immigrants. This blame game achieves its intended aim: It outsources trouble, diverts attention from the misogyny on the domestic front and normalises violence against women. Continue reading Bengaluru attacks: Patriarchy excuses toxic masculinity by night and day

Towards Womens’ Freedom: collective manifesto of the WSM (Ireland)

UPDATED: The Workers Solidarity Movement’s collectively agreed position on women’s freedom.womens' work

1. We recognise that women are specially oppressed as a gender, that they face oppression as women. We call this oppression sexism. As anarchists we oppose sexism wherever it exists on principle and in practice.

2.1 The nature of women’s oppression has changed as societies have developed. For example, the oppression of women that might have existed in some pre-class societies assumed a fundamentally new character with the development of class society. Just as the oppression of women in feudal societies changed its character with the development of capitalism.5b6f4b385e9ae450db74889c1f12e1fd

2.2 We reject the idea that women are in any way inferior to men or that women are biologically predisposed to assume certain roles in society. Sexism, racism etc are not genetic traits but, rather, are formed by social existence, upbringing and education.

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UpFront special: Noam Chomsky blasts Trump with a Truth Bomb

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“The most predictable aspect of Trump is unpredictability. I think it’s dangerous, very dangerous,” says Noam Chomsky.

Noam Chomsky Drops Truth Bomb on Trump’s Election

“If Clinton had won… the left could have been organized to keeping her feet to the fire.”

“They’re making a bad mistake,” Chomsky said in an interview with Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan.


..great video, great man..Noam will be 88 on Dec 7th and can’t be with us much longer.. his voice a little shaky but his mind is still spot on, outliving even the ‘eternal’ Fidel.. salud!.. compañero de toda la vida!


While Chomsky initially backed Bernie Sanders in the primaries, he encouraged his supporters to back Clinton once she received the nomination.  Continue reading UpFront special: Noam Chomsky blasts Trump with a Truth Bomb

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