Posts Tagged ‘ feminism ’

Rojava Defends Feminist Revolution Against Turkish Invaders

A Syrian Kurdish woman waves the flag of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) during a demonstration against Turkish threats near the town of Tel Arqam in Syria’s Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019.DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

The Turkish assault unleashed deadly violence against civilians and threatens Rojava’s radical democratic project.

Source: Rojava Defends Feminist Revolution Against Turkish Invaders

Riot Grrrl United Feminism and Punk. Here’s an Essential Listening Guide. – The New York Times

This NYT article states: “Leapt upon by the media, riot grrrl disappeared almost as quickly as it materialized — too stubborn or scared to plunge or get sucked into the mainstream.”  Not so. Mainstream media in capitalist systems vampirize living systems, such as those forms or offshoots of alternative media that generate underground, including original genres like music and mimeographed publications. Mainstream media do not create, they reproduce for maximum profit via advertising content. Ipso facto, news stories exist to deliver advertising messages to consumers. Feminism and punk were generated underground. Once these were vampirized by the mainstream the vital information, knowledge, and experience that gave them life were coopted, for mass production and consumption, i.e. profit . Like mycelium, Riot grrrl chose to surface from the vast, alternative net beneath the treeline. It did not disappear, nor did Feminism. These returned to radical roots. Daily, interstitially, these transmogrify and resurge in nonquantifiable ways. – Donna Fleischer @ word pond

Photographing the Women of British Art

Liliane Lijn, “Time Is Change” (1968), Letraset on painted truncated cork cone, motorized turntable, diameter: 54 x 25 cm, Tate Collection, London, photo: Richard Wilding, 2014 (image courtesy the artist and Rodeo, London)

 

. . . by framing artists inside their studios and homes, Magnus ensures that the presiding spirit of Illuminating Women is Virginia Woolf, whose famous avowal A Room of One’s Own (1928) confronts how centuries of sexism have silenced talented women while arguing that a woman’s genius requires untrammeled privacy in order to realize itself.

To Woolf, the “room of one’s own” is not just an existential necessity; it’s an economic one. Having herself inherited an annual stipend from a wealthy aunt, Woolf reckons that a talented woman needs “five hundred [pounds] a year and a room with a lock” in order to create. The money bestows on women “the power to contemplate” while the locked room grants “the power to think for oneself”; both produce space where a woman can be in the creative zone, a condition that Woolf calls “incandescent.”

 

Mayotte Magnus’s Illuminating Women features stage actors, novelists, artists, editors, and publishers whose breakthroughs coincided with the Feminist movement of the 1970s.

Source: Photographing the Women of British Art

Rojava at risk « immanence

The Rojava Emergency Committee is asking that U.S. citizens urge their congressional and Senate representatives, as well as Elliot Engel, incoming Democratic chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, not to withdraw from Rojava. Please do that if you care about the largest stateless nation in the world (which happens to be building what’s probably the largest experiment in anarcha-feminist radical eco-democracy history has seen).

 

With outspread arms of thanks to dmf –

Source: Rojava at risk « immanence

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ‘This could be the beginning of a revolution’ | Books | The Guardian

Adichie grilling Hillary Clinton at PEN America’s World Voices Festival, New York, April, 2018. Photograph:Karsten Moran/New York Times/Redux/eyevine

One of the most compelling injunctions in Adichie’s manifestos is to encourage girls to “reject likability”. “Oh my God, all that time wasted,” she says with feeling, that boys and men do not waste. Clinton and “all the harping on about whether or not she is ‘likable’,” is the perfect example of how she had to persuade friends that sexism was at work. “It is still very upsetting to me. I don’t care how much societies tell themselves that they are progressive, the kind of criticism that Clinton gets from the very progressive left, I think is terrible. People now say to her ‘shut up and go away’ – that whole idea of silencing women. I kind of like what’s happening to her now, it feels as though that ‘fuck it’ I wish she had said before, she seems to be saying now.”

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One group who didn’t seem swayed by how much they found Clinton likable was black American women, 90% of whom voted for her in the election.

The bestselling author says she never wanted to become a voice for feminism, but refuses to abide by ‘language orthodoxy’

Source: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ‘This could be the beginning of a revolution’ | Books | The Guardian

The Rise of Male Supremacist Groups | The New Republic

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How age-old misogyny morphed into an explicit ideology of hate

Source: The Rise of Male Supremacist Groups | The New Republic

Feminists have slowly shifted power. There’s no going back | Rebecca Solnit | Opinion | The Guardian

An #MeToo march in Hollywood, California in November 2017. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The #TimesUp and #MeToo movements are a revolution that could not have taken place without decades of quiet, painstaking groundwork, writes author and columnist Rebecca Solnit.

Source: Feminists have slowly shifted power. There’s no going back | Rebecca Solnit | Opinion | The Guardian