The ‘Manarchy’ debate: Fighting ingrained Sexism.

Our article in INFOSHOP from a few weeks ago entitled, “Stick It To The Manarchy” generated a lot of response and enthusiasm. We have a response to the criticism, clarifying a few points along with our analysis of the dialogue..click .HERE.   Our criticism of manarchy and its implications is our way of contributing to the dialogue. Competitive, aggressive, elitist, and exclusive behavior is contrary to our understanding of anarchist ideals and practice. “Manarchy” is the term we use to describe this behavior because it exemplifies traditional male gender roles. [1] A 2013 global study on homicide by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime found that males accounted for about 96 percent of all homicide perpetrators worldwide.

the original post.

Stick it to the Manarchy

By The Rock Bloc Collective

Manarchy: Aggressive, competitive behavior within the Anarchist movement that is frighteningly reminiscent of historically oppressive male gender roles. Such behavior includes acting macho, holier than thou and elitist. Manarchy often results in exclusivity.

We feel obliged to share our discomfort with manarchy as it presents itself in the Anarchist movement. We are excited and inspired by the development and practice of Anarchist ideals, and we must remain critical of our movement in an effort to maximize our effectiveness. Anarchism and direct action are powerful forces, yet we are still susceptible to taking on some of the oppressive cultural practices of the very system we are challenging.

We are two women and two men, all white and coming from economically privileged backgrounds. We are Anarchists. We support direct action and the Black Bloc as a tactic for empowerment. In this article we focus on what has been coined “manarchy.” We intend to explain and criticize manarchist behavior by running through a series of experiences that we have had at mass actions, conferences, and in our day-to-day organizing.Most insidious is the dogmatism of ‘no compromise’ that is often accompanied with a macho spirit that assumes a ‘tougher than thou’ attitude toward dominant culture as well as allies in the movement. Continue reading “The ‘Manarchy’ debate: Fighting ingrained Sexism.”

Forty Women killed in Oct ’17 in Turkey: Anti Femicide Report

At least forty women were killed while thirty-two children were subjected to sexual abuse in October 2017, a report by We Will Stop Femicide Platform says.

Twenty-eight women were killed at their homes, mostly by their male partners or family members. Three women were from Syria and one was German.

Istanbul is leading the gender-related violence tables in all categories while Antalya, Aydın, Adana, Antep, Tekirdag, Manisa and Yozgat follows.

Continue reading “Forty Women killed in Oct ’17 in Turkey: Anti Femicide Report”

Proof that most Online Abuse of Women, Blacks and Gays comes from Right-wingers

The Tories  and Republicans often like to claim the Left is abusive, especially online. But most online sexist, racist and homophobic abuse comes from Far Right who enjoy impunity due to majority right wing media control.

But a new survey by Amnesty International of abuse received by women MPs in the run-up to the last election clearly shows that online abuse in Britain comes overwhelmingly from the Right:

And the MP who easily receives the most abuse is Britain’s first female black MP Diane Abbott:

Hats off to Diane for taking such industrial scale horrific abuse so fearlessly.

You can read Amnesty’s full report here.

How online abuse is politically hijacked

    By OwenJones (summary )   All online abuse is unacceptable. The principal victims of online abuse are women. I have female friends who have turned down television appearances because men will bombard them on social media with sickening misogynistic abuse about how they look….

There is a certain type of man — whatever their political persuasion — who cannot stand women with opinions, and believe those who express them are fair game.

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More generally, women of colour face particular abuse. It is unlikely there is any British politician who as great a victim of online abuse as Diane Abbott, both in terms of intensity and how sustained it is. Continue reading “Proof that most Online Abuse of Women, Blacks and Gays comes from Right-wingers”

Spanish police hand over Juana’s kids to a Country condemned for Sexist Violence

 Spanish ”justice” delivers the children of Juana Rivas to an abuser in a country condemned by StrasbourgDespite dozens of support demos juana was forced to finally come out of hiding and hand over her children to her abusive ex partner, and still faces probable prison for defying the courts. The children, aged three and 11, were forcibly handed to their father, Francesco Arcuri, of Italian nationality who was sentenced in 2009 for mistreating the mother of the children.

By Natalio Blanco,  translated from Kaos en la Red.. (updated) with thanks

Italy, the European Union country in which the Spanish justice wants Juana Rivas’ two youngest children to be recalled, has been condemned this past March by the European Court of Human Rights for its inefficiency in the fight against the sexist scourge.

”Juana is hiding in my house” proclaimed hundreds of women when Juana went into hiding with her children to prevent them being handed over to her abusive ex partner.

Italy has frightening statistics on everything related to gender violence, even more lacerating than the data that have been registered in Spain successively year after year despite the recent state pact signed in parliament by the main political groups.

The children, aged three and 11, were forcibly handed to their father, Francesco Arcuri, of Italian nationality who was sentenced in 2009 for mistreating the mother of the children.

This judge has not taken into account at any time that the children of a victim of gender violence, with which her father was convicted in 2009 by the head of the Criminal Court 2 of Granada, María Luisa Roldán, should also be considered victims.

Arcuri acknowledged before the judge that on the morning of May 7, 2009 he repeatedly “hit” his partner at the home they shared with his three minor children in the capital of Granada after asking him to explain where he had been that night. Juana Rivas needed medical assistance for the blows received.Image result for Juana Rivas CHILDREN TO iTALY


Rate of Italian Femicides TRIPLES even that of Spain.

The head of the Court of Instruction number 2 of Granada made the decision contrary to what was dictated only two days before by another judge to Juana Rivas in Granada, after reappearing after almost a month of being in hiding with her children. Continue reading “Spanish police hand over Juana’s kids to a Country condemned for Sexist Violence”

World Women’s Strike is ON .. Wed.March 8th .. Day without a Woman

The Women’s March just released details on March 8 …….. “A Day Without a Womana-day-without-a-woman-march-8thj-2017

WHAT CAN YOU DO March 8?   (Swedish Group)..

1. IF YOU CAN STRIKE AT WORK, DO IT!

2. TAKE A BREAK FROM HOUSEWORK AND ALL UNPAID WORK, INSTEAD GATHER YOUR FORCES WITH OTHERS WHO REFUSE TO WORK.krcy6c4yrlbrxpwmzpbjoxqfxsrndcdk8con9vqakk4cykicrt6vmf7c9bw9qmwn

3. IF YOU CAN NOT STRIKE: ACTIVELY DISCUSS THE POSSIBILITY OF WOMENS STRIKE DURING YOUR COFFEE BREAK / LUNCH BREAK AND RAISE AWARENESS OF THE ONGOING STRIKES AROUND THE WORLD.

4. DRESS IN BLACK OR HAVE A BLACK BAND AROUND YOUR ARM TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT.

5. STAGE OR JOIN A LOCAL ACTION.womens-strike

CONNECT WITH WOMEN around you, depending on where you are, there are ACTIONS all around the country, and nearby that you can participate in. Do you want to arrange a local action or get involved in one? Do not hesitate! CONTACT us at SOCIALSTREJK8MARS@GMAIL.COM or CHECK THE FACEBOOK EVENT FOR MORE INFORMATION!

For more information:
http://www.transnational-strike.info

How To Tell Your Boss ..March 8 Womens March Strike (if you can risk it!)

Protesters march in Washington, DC, during the Womens March on January 21, 2017. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded US cities Saturday in a day of women's rights protests to mark President Donald Trump's first full day in office. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters march in Washington, DC, during the Womens March on January 21, 2017.
Hundreds of thousands of people flooded US cities Saturday in a day of women’s rights protests to mark President Donald Trump’s first full day in office. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

We Deny free speech to Nazis who try to Destroy it for Everyone

Freedom against the freedom of speech

With the expansion of neo-fascist and neo-nazi groups in the shadows of ever more racist, xenophobic and sexist “traditional” conservative right-wing political parties, confusion over the significance of the liberal freedom of speech can paralyse radical political criticism and action.  We share below a timely analysis from CrimethInc on the limits of free dialogue when politics must be conceived of as war, as a conflict between ways of life.

We are Not in a Dialogue:

We need Not Just Free Speech……….. but Freedom Itself

antifaschistische-aktion-women-s-t-shirtMaybe you missed this, but you’re not in a dialogue. Your views are beside the point. Argue all you want—your adversaries are glad to see you waste your breath. Better yet if you protest: they’d rather you carry a sign than do more. They’ll keep you talking as long as they can, just to tire you out—to buy time.

They intend to force their agenda on you. That’s what all the guns are for, what the police and drones and surveillance cameras are for, what the FBI and CIA and NSA are for, what all those laws and courts and executive orders are for. It’s what their church is for, what those racist memes are for, what online harassment and bullying are for. It’s what gay bashings and church burnings are for. Continue reading “We Deny free speech to Nazis who try to Destroy it for Everyone”

600 Womens marches Reject Trump..twitter feed

  1. This is just a copy of some minutes of the live feed ….#WomensMarch on twitter

    1. WATCH LIVE: Continuing coverage on the in Washington — and around the country

    2. Imogen Tyler Retweeted Marika Shaub

      The scale of these protests is incredible moving

      Imogen Tyler added,

    3. Another favorite sign.

    4. Heather & Jessica Retweeted Piers Morgan

      It’s not a zero-sum game, dink. has nada to do w your balls. What exactly do you think you lose here?-H Continue reading “600 Womens marches Reject Trump..twitter feed”

Turkish State Closes and Bans the World’s only Feminist News Agency: JINHA

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Jinha News Agency continues on Twitter, although the Internet is also closed down for millions of  Kurds in 11  cities.

Women: ‘JINHA cannot be silenced, long live women’s solidarity!’ http://jinhaber.link/en/ALL-NEWS/content/view/67660 …

 JINHA News Offices have been closed down and sealed this morning by the police of the conservative Islamist regime of R. T. Erdogan. The news agency offered written and audiovisual content about women in general and globally.
Its closure is a victory for machismo that wants women invisible, his voice and his worldview. The last few remaining Kurdish media including Women only news agency JINHA & DIHA, Azadiya Welat were closed with new statutory decrees in Turkey.

‘Women’s resistance has begun’ http://jinhaber.link/en/ALL-NEWS/content/view/67556 …

 With JINHA, the Turkish government has closed a dozen newspapers, publications and six Kurdish news agency Dihao.

Erdogan succeeded in his coup of July 15, and now closes the media.

Not only that, yesterday 1,267 more Turkish academic teaching staff were sacked. And, as always, a huge silence, bitter and infinite, from world public opinion, and especially its institutions. This is  impunity.

  • original en Catalan  from Kurdish Cat..

Clausura i precinta l’única agència de notícies feminista del món

JINHA News ha quedat precintada aquest matí. Ahir fou clausurada pel règim islamista conservador de R. T. Erdogan. L’agència de notícies oferia continguts escrits i audiovisuals sobre aspecte de les dones en general i a nivell mundial. El seu tancament suposa una victòria del masclisme que vol invisibilitzar les dones, la seva veu i la seva visió del món. La seu a Amed ha quedat tancada.


BREAKING: Turkish government shuts pro-Kurdish/opposition 10 newspapers, 3 magazines & major Kurdish agencies #DİHA/#JİNHA under decree-law

Amb JINHA,el govern turc ha clausurat una desena de diaris, sis publicacions i l’agència de notícies kurda DIHA. Quan triomfa un cop d’estat, el més habitual és que els colpistes tanquin mitjans de comunicació no afins. Erdogan va triomfar en el seu cop d’estat del 15 de juliol, un auto cop, i ara tanca mitjans.

No només això, ahir va expulsar 1.267 acadèmics turcs de la docència. I, com sempre, un enorme silenci, agre, infinit, de l’opinió pública mundial i, sobretot, de les seves institucions. Té impunitat.


‘We won’t give up our stance against misogynists’ http://jinhaber.link/en/ALL-NEWS/content/view/67527 …

YJŞ Commander: We will succeed with the spirit of Bêrîtan’s resistance #Shengal http://jinhaber.link/en/ALL-NEWS/content/view/67286 …


Women smash up Newspaper with hammers for Misogynist Policy

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Toulouse: ‘Naked, drunk or isolated, we are not prey…’

Via ContraInfo…    La Dépèche is a big regional newspaper from the South West of France 

La Dépèche isn’t an un-attackable fortress. All big companies have their weaknesses, its for us to be inventive, cunning and insightful enough, to find them. La Dépèche Intéractive is a subsidiary of La Dépèche group. This is enough for us to make them a target.

The reasons to hurt the media are uncountable. It’s even a widespread discourse of those who understood that the public opinion will never be our friend. This attack is a reaction to the publication of an article promoting the idea that “we, women” create the circumstance for our aggressors, in not embodying the desires of man’s model wrought, that want us to be silent, submissive, obedient and an object of consumption.

anarcha feministThe hammers that this time aimed for windows – like they can aim for heads – arm our rage towards all those who reinforce this rape culture. This action is more of a stride in the never-ending path of our freedom from all oppressions.

We clearly never repeat it enough; sexual assaults are not the isolated act of a dangerous individual who watches from an alley-way corner – but actually – if not a weapon, its often the threats and the correctional punishment, for all women who have taken part in rebellion in their life, or simply searching to exit the cage that is patriarchy. And its always the reflection of a world that envisages women as objects to submit.

The media instrumentalises us to distil fear, in creating a need for security which should be urgently met, with ever more control over our lives, cameras, DNA profiling. They don’t seek to protect us, this discourse is to lure us in, to increase their domination.

We don’t want to delegate our protection, but try to organise to defend ourselves, and attacking is one way to do that.

To imply, as Jean Cohadon did in his article, that alcohol and drugs are recurring problems with women – that can’t be dissociated from sexual violence and other aggressions that they are subject to – is holding their legs open whilst tormentors do their business. This mediocre newspaper, passionate about various facts and police operations, is one of the thousands of unpunished accomplices that nobody dreams, or dares, to attack. La Dépèche publish their article in their infamous rag, this is another.affiche-fete-v2-pas-lourde-ad890

Amongst women, we’re organising, so that one day we not only take on windows and walls, but also the people that hide behind them, who are the subject of our hatred. We want them to be in fear, so they know that their actions won’t pass without a response. We want them to think of all the pissed off women who watch them from an alley-way corner, who one day dream of thrusting a hammer into their hearts. They want us to be responsible for the horrors that they make us suffer, we want the fear to change sides.

This action is dedicated to all pissed off women, we hope that it warms your hearts.

So that actions multiply against the patriarchy!

At your hammers… Ready? Go!arton1031-786e1

signed: Some Furious Women

  EN FRANCAIS ICI…original in French   https://iaata.info/Apres-midi-et-soiree-d-autodefense-feministe-1212.html


note: Many more Direct Actions are continuing In Toulouse and throughout France as the uprising continues, centred round the Nuit Debout movement and resistance to the neo-liberal slave Loi du Travail…


in Spanish…

Francia – Destrozadas a martillazos las vidrieras del periódico por publicar artículos misóginos

Recojo de Contra Info y difundo el siguiente comunicado reivindicando los sabotajes a unas oficinas del medio burgués La Depeche por parte de un grupo de mujeres que firmaron la acción como“Algunas mujeres rabiosas” y que golpearon a esta sede rompiendo sus cristales a martillazos por haber publicado un artículo misógino donde se culpaba a las mujeres de las violaciones y de otras agresiones sufridas por ellas cotidianamente.———————————————–——————–-

La Depeche no es una fortaleza inexpugnable. Todos los grupos principales tienen sus debilidades, a nosotras de ser bastante inventivas, listas y bastante perspicaces para encontrarlas. La Depeche Interactiva es una rama del grupo Depeche. Esto es suficiente para que sea un objetivo.

Las razones para dañar a los medios de comunicación son innumerables. Incluso es más bien un discurso común entre aquell@s que han entendido que la opinión pública nunca será nuestra amiga. Este ataque es una reacción a la publicación de un artículo propagando la idea de que “nosotras mujeres” estamos creando las condiciones de nuestras agresiones, no incorporando el modelo en forma por los deseos de los hombres, que nos quiere silenciosas, sumisas, obedientes, y objeto de consumo.

Los martillos que esta vez apuntaron los escaparates -ya que podrían apuntar a las cabezas- arman nuestra rabia hacia todxs aquellxs que fortalecen la cultura de la violación. Esta acción es un paso hacia adelante en el camino sin fin de nuestra liberación de toda opresión. Obviamente, nunca repetimos lo suficiente, la violación no es el acto aislado de un individuo peligroso que acecharía su presa en la esquina de un callejón, sino un arma, a menudo la amenaza y el castigo correctivo para todas las mujeres que hicieron de la rebelión su vida o que simplemente buscan de salir de la jaula del patriarcado. Y siempre es un reflejo de un mundo que considera a las mujeres como objetos destinados a servir.images

Los medios nos están instrumentalizando para destilar el miedo, creando una necesidad de seguridad a la que tuviéramos que responder, en emergencia, para obtener más y más control sobre nuestras vidas, cámaras, registros de ADN. No tratan de protegernos, este discurso es un señuelo para aumentar su dominio.

No queremos delegar nuestra protección, sino que intentamos organizarnos para defendernos, y el ataque es una manera de hacerlo.

Dar a entender, al igual que lo hace Jean Cohadon en su artículo, que el alcohol y las drogas son problemas recurrentes de las mujeres, los cuales no pueden ser separados de las violaciones y otras agresiones a las que están sujetas, es mantener sus piernas abiertas mientras que los verdugos están haciendo sus asuntos. Este pobre periodista, apasionado por las noticias de crónica y las intervenciones policiales, y miles de cómplices suyos impunes, a los cuales nadie piensa, o se atreve a atacar. La Depeche, publicando su artículo en su infame trapo, es un cómplice demás.

Nos organizamos, entre mujeres, para que un día no ataquemos sólo a los escaparates y a las paredes, sino a las personas escondidas detrás, y son aquellas personas que son objeto de nuestro odio. Queremos que tengan miedo, que sepan que sus comportamientos no quedará sin respuesta. Queremos que piensen en todas estas mujeres rabiosas que les acechan en la esquina de un callejón, y que sueñen en un día en el que les golpeemos con un martillo en el corazón. Quieren hacernos responsables de los horrores que nos hacen sufrir, queremos que el miedo cambie de bando.feminist

Esta acción está dedicada a todas las mujeres enojadas, esperamos así calentar vuestros corazones.

¡Que las acciones contra el patriarcado se multipliquen!
¡En sus martillos… listas… fuera!

Algunas mujeres rabiosas

Outcry against Sexist Violence in Gasteiz: photos

fem marchMass demo against sexist violence takes over Gasteiz  

(en español abajo)

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The march was joined by more than 250 groups and organizations.emakumeak-321-090416Thousands of people supported the call of the feminist movement in Euskal Herria last Sunday in a protest under the slogan ‘Feministok Prest !!! Continue reading “Outcry against Sexist Violence in Gasteiz: photos”

Collectives and Groups opposing Machismo in Liberated Zones: Counter-Communiqué

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original en castellano abajo.

Due to events that have been occurring in the Iberian Occupied Social Centres for some time we feel morally obliged to write this informative text. We are fed up with sexist and condescending, complicity and hetero speeches. We believe that feminism is a cornerstone on which to base the Commons and everyday politics and in occupied social centers, and that sexism is not  just the ego of a group of people who refuse to recognize its dynamic in their ‘machirulo’ speeches but also a structural system that we need to question, analyze and oppose every day. (note: ‘machirulo in this context seems like ´laddish male bonding that relishes machismo’) These facts only serve to confuse people and do a disservice to the world of punk, hardcore and music linked to social movements.

Let’s speak clearly: We believe  ( Occupied Self-Managed Social Centres), assemblies, collective groups and comrades should take a position against gender violence from thousands of possible fronts, and that includes exposing socially for public knowledge and collective scrutiny such ‘ anarkopunkarras’ groups  as Penetrazión Sorpressa (note. ‘Surprise Penetration’.. refers to rape while being deniable). Continue reading “Collectives and Groups opposing Machismo in Liberated Zones: Counter-Communiqué”

STOP Femicide. Mass Demos In Argentina vs Male Violence

#NiUnaMenos      BY     http://revolution-news.com   An Argentine woman is murdered every 31 hours in a domestic violence incident

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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).femicide

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”

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