by ‘power to restorative justice!’ …. …. translation updated 18:53 10/02/19
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We write this communication in order to share our concern and irritation due to many situations that we have known or experienced directly in recent times in relation to the definition of gender violence and its management in social and libertarian movements.
We start from the idea that gender violence is the product of a heteronormative model that imposes a unique form of existence in terms of what our body, our identity, our gender expression, our sexuality and our relationships are. All those people who do not comply with this norm can be exposed to violence, as punishment for transgressions and non-compliance with the hetero-norm.
And those agressions that happen in the spaces that should be of support and solidarity make the lives and militancy of those who fight untenable, and for that we strongly oppose them. All of us who signed this communique have spent years fighting against the heteropatriarchy, as well as for the liberation of all.
Now that our position is clarified, it is essential to share a reflection on how the hegemonic feminist discourse is defining violence and, by default, how the so-called aggressions are being managed.
The first issue that is problematic is the way in which gender violence is being framed, conceptualized and considered. From certain feminisms it is named with this term structural or symbolic gender inequalities, causing the concept of violence to take on too great a spectrum of meanings. Continue reading “You will not find us there: on Gender Violence and Collective Management”