I am angry that I live in a country that doesn’t allow women access to safe, legal abortion.
I’m angry that despite thousands of people taking to the streets to demand that the Eighth Amendment be repealed, the government said a referendum on the issue is not a priority for them.
I’m angry that I live in a country with one of the lowest rates of conviction for rape cases in Europe. Continue reading I’m a woman. I’m a feminist. And I am angry!
Jess: Thanks for agreeing to meet with me today. As a young feminist I’m wondering how you became involved in the feminist movement and how you decided to make it your life’s work.
Lee: In a way, I had absolutely no excuse. I was roughly twenty, living in Toronto and studying at Ryerson, so lots of things were going on all around me, including meetings about women’s liberation and meetings about the civil rights movement. It was right there. You had to work atnot being involved when I was young.
reblogged with thanks from: http://www.feministcurrent.com/…-interview-with-lee-lakeman/
To top it all off, I became pregnant by a foreign student so I was, all of a sudden, right in the middle of the race questions, poverty questions, and women’s rights questions. That made them all profoundly important to me. I didn’t think about it as my life’s work until later.
I owned a house with some friends, and we made it available to women who had no place to go. It became the Woodstock Women’s Emergency shelter. So, there I was in the middle of learning about violence against women, and I haven’t looked back. The work is rewarding, and the more I did it, the more I understood how important it was. It was a place to stand. Continue reading Lee Lakeman: Lifelong Feminist Activist
These are not ordinary events or isolated facts, it is a system that perpetuates domination over women. It’s patriarchy.Patriarchy is…. giving the boys balls and dolls to us girls to educate us to be submissive and silent, to teach that there are things for women and men.. it’s just to look at the body of a woman when she doesn’t want it, then to treat you as exaggerated or hysterical, to harass verbally, to insist on violence and ultimately death. This and much more is all patriarchy. That men have more leisure time than women, that men don’t help at home, as we are delegated to the care of children and elderly, that women are paid less for doing the same job, that we are afraid to walk down the street, having been harassed since childhood … Continue reading These aren’t just ‘Crimes’…It’s Patriarchy
Douglas Fox, the man who runs the largest prostitution ring in the north-east of England (and also runs the so-called “sex workers union,” IUSW) was responsible for first bringing about the motion to support the decriminalization of pimps and johns to Amnesty International (watch at 5:12:00). (see also pimps-posing-as-sex-worker-activists-my-body-the-city-the-secret-life-of-a-callgirl/ )
Buenos Aires – The # NiUnaMenos (“Not One Less”) campaign against femicides and gender violence started last month as a grassroots protest against the epidemic of violent crimes committed to women and the lack of action by state authorities on solving the crimes and prosecuting the perpetrators.
Igniting popular support for this movement against femicides was last months murder of Chiara Paez (14), a pregnant teenager, that was found dead and buried in her 16-year-old boyfriend, Manuel Mansilla’s backyard in the city of Rufino (Santa Fe).
Though Chiara’s murder triggered a sense of social urgency, organizers have been discussing possible moves for months. In March, they held a meeting at the Museo del Libro y de la Lengua. Continue reading STOP Femicide. Mass Demos In Argentina vs Male Violence
The Women’s Revolution in Rojava: Defeating Fascism by Constructing an Alternative Society
by Dilar Dirik
This piece is a book chapter in “A Small Key Can Open A Large Door: The Rojava Revolution” by Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness (Ed.), March 2015 (Combustion Books).The resistance against the Islamic State in Kobanê has woken the world to the cause of Kurdish women. Typical of the media’s myopia, instead of considering the radical implications of women taking up arms in a patriarchal society – especially against a group that systematically rapes and sells women as sex-slaves – even fashion magazines appropriate the struggle of Kurdish women for their own sensationalist purposes today. Continue reading Dilar Dirik promotes Women’s Revolution in Rojava
Anarchagland, an autonomous-research project in Catalonia, has renamed female sex glands after 3 slaves, Anarcha, Betsey and Lucy, who were abused as guinea pigs by the maverick doctor J Marion Sims. anarchagland
Sims bought up to 20 black slave women suffering gynecological disorders and experimented on them, without anesthetics , for 4 years in his ”medical Plantation” in Alabama . Continue reading Female sex glands Renamed for slaves: Anarcha, Lucy and Betsey