Radically Speaking: Feminism Reclaimed edited by Diane Bell and Renate Klein (1996).
RADICALLY SPEAKING is a collection of radical feminist voices distinguished by their continuity through time, global reach, politics of engagement and passionate determination to create a better world for women. In bringing these voices together, we seek to tell a story of a particular past, present, and hopes for the future: one that concerns justice, dignity and above all safety from all forms of violence. We see this as an urgent undertaking. Radical feminists’ knowledge of the past has been misrepresented, fragmented and indeed abused in the retelling by others, such as liberal and Marxist feminists, post-modernists, the right and the media. Furthermore, our ability to act in the present is being severely curtailed by the post-modern insistence that there are no subjects, with the consequence that woman has been virtually erased as the author of her own life. Women, reduced to an assemblage of texts and multiplicities of identities, no longer exist as a sociological category. From this perspective, women’s on-going multifaceted oppressions by men as a social class are deemed at best irrelevant, at worst non-existent. Thus, envisaging a feminist future is rendered impossible: woman disappears.
"The fact of the matter is that if something is done to you because you’re part of a group, it’s done to you because you’re part of a group! If it’s done to you because you are a woman, it’s not done to you because you’re Andrea, or Susan, or Felicity. It’s done to you because you’re a woman. And somebody noticed that you were a woman, and somebody decided to hurt you ‘cause he wanted to hurt a woman. Not you in particular, a woman, any woman. You, also. And you’re not free of it."
- Andrea Dworkin, speaking at The Radcliffe Institute (March 30, 2002)
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A Brazilian radical feminist blog. please,share.
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A brazilian radical feminist blog. please,share.
Um blog feminista radical brasileiro. compartilhem.
Breaking News: In what has been described as a “horrifying” incident two women were attacked by a group of men who identified themselves as “transgender women” at the Portland State University “Law and Disorder Conference” which billed itself as a “provocative space for comparative critical dialogue between activists, revolutionaries, educators, artists, musicians, scholars, dancers, actors and writers”.
The women were attacked in a coordinated assault as they sat at a table which sold feminist books and literature. The men destroyed the books and marked up the table display with permanent markers. One of the women was also marked up by the men. Predominantly male conference onlookers by all reports allowed the attack to take place, watching in stunned silence. Two males affiliated with the same group as the feminists -Deep Green Resistance- were also in attendance and the “trans women” threw a projectile at the head of one of them.
According to reports, the transgender males or “trans women” took issue with the feminist content in the Deep Green Resistance materials. Specifically, a portion of the materials reflected the feminist position that social roles based on sex are undesirable and harmful to women.
The transgender males believe that social roles based on sex are natural and innate and that it is instead the unchanging nature of biological sex that is undesirable. They believe that women should not criticize social roles based on sex, in deference to the feelings of men like themselves who embrace such roles. The men reportedly stated that all feminist writing and voices should be silenced by males with force if necessary, and they then proceeded to do just that.
Conference organizer Brandon Speck posted a statement on Facebook today following yesterday’s attack. He claimed that women should not be able to disseminate materials that might offend those men who support sex-roles. He claimed that the women deserved to be attacked for offering materials that contained feminism. He stated that no feminists should be permitted to sell books that men might not like. He said that as a man he had no authority to dictate the behavior of other men who might choose to assault women who offend them.
Gee, I guessed they “deserved” it. Like so many women “deserve” it, am I right, guys? Brandon Speck’s pathetic blame-shifting post in which he said that there were safety concern for trans males (LMAO) has already been deleted, including the comment thread containing threats against feminist activists who do not agree with trans ideology.
"Responsibility to yourself means that you don’t fall for shallow and easy solutions—predigested books and ideas…marrying early as an escape from real decisions, getting pregnant as an evasion of already existing problems. It means that you refuse to sell your talents and aspirations short…and this, in turn, means resisting the forces in society which say that women should be nice, play safe, have low professional expectations, drown in love and forget about work, live through others, and stay in the places assigned to us. It means that we insist on a life of meaningful work, insist that work be as meaningful as love and friendship in our lives. It means, therefore, the courage to be “different”…The difference between a life lived actively, and a life of passive drifting and dispersal of energies, is an immense difference. Once we begin to feel committed to our lives, responsible to ourselves, we can never again be satisfied with the old, passive way."
- ― Adrienne Rich (via marslipstick)
How many times do I have to read the question “What is the difference between sex and gender?” in the radfem-related tags?? Okay, some of you are really just clueless although there are more than enough blogs on tumblr and elsewhere to answer that question for you. But some of you seem like…
i know i just answered that in the radfem tag, haha! (i wouldn’t have tagged it radfem unless it was for my other blog, sorting tags etc)
but yeah - i think the difference between gender vs. sex is crystal clear, but can understand how it gets confusing at tumblr. you start to read blogs here, you’d think gender was this innate “feeling” of belonging to a certain class. i just think the kids are confused because people on tumblr have about a billion different ideas about what gender is.
Yes, I forgot about the trans/queer types on tumblr who really do believe that gender is innate or a personal feeling. It’s kind of upsetting that this simplified understanding has become the norm because I know where that whole concept of “doing gender” comes from and it’s amazing how regressive ideas about biological determinism and individualism became intertwined with it. It’s neither the one nor the other.
I’ve actually read your answer but I’m not mad at you or even angry anymore in general (it was a completely normal question after all and nothing of the usual trolling). But, yeah, yesterday I was like “Aaaaah, I always have to read the same shit, I can’t take it anymore!”, haha. It is helpful to have periodical posts clarifying some concepts.
How many times do I have to read the question “What is the difference between sex and gender?” in the radfem-related tags?? Okay, some of you are really just clueless although there are more than enough blogs on tumblr and elsewhere to answer that question for you. But some of you seem like university-educated gender studies types and I really have to ask myself what kind of education you got/what absolute ideologues your profs must have been for you to not even have heard of the sex/gender-controversy in the academy. I mean, my prof is of the opinion that differentiating between the sexes is already an outcome of oppression and got a nervous twitch in her mouth when I said that the ability to become pregnant will always be socially significant - and we did get stuff to read about what the difference between sex and gender is. Crazy to contemplate but there’s certainly the possibility that your lecturers/activists friends are purposefully leading you on.