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Legal History Blog: Sepper and Dinner on Feminist and Gay Lib Movements

This Symposium on the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion presents the opportunity to evaluate the regulation and deregulation of gender and sexuality in public space. In 1969, LGBTQ people erupted against policing, harassment, and exclusion in public spaces. That same year, the growing feminist movement also launched protests for women’s equality in public accommodations.

Our essay analyzes two case studies, from New Jersey in the late 1960s and California in the mid-1980s, to show what we might learn by integrating the histories of LGBTQ and feminist public accommodations activism. These case studies offer two lessons. First, the regulation of cisgender women and LGBTQ people stemmed from common sources of both law and custom. Public authorities and private businesses limited the access of unescorted heterosexual women, gay people, and gender nonconformists to public accommodations and surveilled their gathering in public space. For each of these groups, such policing was justified by fears of sexuality perceived to threaten the hetero-patriarchal family. Second, feminist and LGBTQ people’s respective fights for equality in public reinforced one another. Before 1969, no city, state, or federal law prohibited sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity discrimination in public accommodations. Beginning in the 1960s, the LGBTQ and feminist movements pursued court battles and legal reforms. They ensured that liquor licensing no longer targeted cisgender women and LGBTQ people. Over the course of the 1970s and ‘80s, virtually all states came to adopt public accommodations laws prohibiting sex discrimination, and cities and states slowly began to explicitly include sexual orientation as well. Feminist and LGBTQ legal victories evolved in an interdependent rather than isolated manner.

– Dan Ernst

Source: Legal History Blog: Sepper and Dinner on Feminist and Gay Lib Movements

Elizabeth Warren’s Stealth Feminism – POLITICO

On the campaign trail, Warren has a ritual slogan for girls who come to her events: “Running for president—that’s what girls do,” she says, coaxing them with a “pinky swear.” | Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Outside the organized women’s movement, she cracked the walls of the boys’ club in her own way. Will it help or hurt her in 2020?

Source: Elizabeth Warren’s Stealth Feminism – POLITICO

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.”


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

Hillary Clinton Ignited a Feminist Movement. By Losing. – The New York Times

Throughout her career, many women would view Mrs. Clinton as an imperfect vessel for the feminist cause. She was a Yale-educated lawyer who at the height of the 1970s women’s movement moved to Arkansas to put her own ambitions on hold in furtherance of her husband’s career. A refrain I’d often hear from voters on the 2016 campaign trail was that they were happy to vote for a woman, just not “that woman.”

But the roiling, messy, often painful progress made since Mr. Trump took office has recast Mrs. Clinton, who recently topped Gallup’s poll of most admired women. Her career brings to light the truth that there is no perfect vessel, that sooner or later, the harder we strive, the higher we climb, we all become that woman.