emancipation of women


It’s on Netflix (only eight episodes for now) and it’s a wonderful show EVERYBODY should watch! Uhhh, also : WATCH IT WITH THE ORIGINAL VOICES PLEASE. It’s so much better, I swear. 

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For those who haven’t heard of it (????), it’s the story of a Spanish young women, Alba, who starts to work in a telecommunications company with other women, in Madrid, in 1928. Before that, she was caught in a crime scene and even though she had nothing to do with it, she was still suspected and risked to be executed for a murder she didn’t commit. So that’s why she was forced to work for the police (to avoid the death penalty). She changes her name and becomes Lidia. The show tells the story of Lidia and three other women she works with at the company : Carlota, Angeles and Marga.

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But why is this so good? SO MANY THEMES are in this tv show. Marga is struggling to fit in the city (she comes from a small village) and to fight her shyness and anxiety. Angeles’s husband cheats on her and when she tries to run away from him, he beats her up… Besides, there’s nothing Angeles can do (because the law isn’t on her side). Carlota always fights for her independence and starts having an affair with another woman, Sara.If you like romance, the show doesn’t lack of it, especially with Lidia aka Alba who meets her first love / childhood crush in the company; but also starts to feel attracted for the son of the director… ANYWAY, in general, the show intends to promote women empowerment and girls emancipation. That’s why I watch it, personally. 

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“The Emancipation of women is not an act of charity, the result of a humanitarian or compassionate attitude. The liberation of women is a fundamental necessity for the revolution, a guarantee of its continuity and a precondition for its victory.” Speech delivered in 1973 by Samora Machel, revolutionary leader of FRELIMO and first Head of State of Mozambique. He was killed 29 years ago today in a plane crash arranged by the apartheid South African government. A Luta Continua!

Sylvana Simons, the first ever black female party leader of a European political party.

“Racism, sexism and Islamophobia are widespread, not just in the Netherlands but in most parts of Western Europe. I was tolerated when I was an entertainer. But you can’t be black, female, politically involved and try to shape the society you live in without angering some people.

When I started speaking out one of the first comments was that I didn’t “know my place”. I’ve known my place my whole life! If you are not white, heterosexual and male, this country suggests you have to be treated differently.

When you’ve gained wealth through slavery and colonialism, you will build courts, police and judiciary based on that system. The problem is when you say such things out loud it sounds as if everyone is being racist on purpose all the time. That’s not true, but the way the society is shaped is racist and divisive.

We want to represent all of Dutch society and our list of candidates alone shows we are truly reflecting the Netherlands. We have equal numbers of men and women. We have gay, lesbian, and transgender candidates. We are normalising what is already normal in society.

We are a new and unconventional voice in society. We are emancipating people and politics.”

For One Saudi Woman, ‘Daring To Drive’ Was An Act Of Civil Disobedience

Manal al-Sharif’s path to activism began simply enough: In 2011, the Saudi woman filmed herself driving a car, then uploaded the video to YouTube. Ordinarily such a video might not get much notice, but because it’s not socially acceptable for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, where there is a de facto ban, Sharif’s video went viral.

Sharif describes driving as an act of civil disobedience: “For me, driving — or the right to drive — is not only about moving from A to B; it’s a way to emancipate women,” she says. “It gives them so much liberty. It makes them independent.”

Initially arrested for driving, Sharif was released when her story elicited outrage from around the world. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, with her second husband and son.

Though she is no longer in Saudi Arabia, Sharif remains outspoken about women’s rights: “When I see something wrong, I speak up,” she says of her advocacy of Saudi women. “It should be the norm, not the exception.” Her new memoir is Daring to Drive.

Pandita Ramabai (1858-1922) was an important activist for women’s rights and education in India. She fought for the emancipation of women, and against practices such as child marriage.

In 1882 she established the Arya Women’s Society in the city of Pune, for the purpose of promoting women’s rights and better educational opportunities. She travelled to the United Kingdom to study medicine, translated text books, and gave lectures throughout North America. Her most famous book, the High Caste Hindu Woman, exposed the oppression of the female gender in traditional societies.

To my beautiful black women ... ❤️

I’m a black man with black aunts and black sisters and a black mother and black females cousins of all different shades and sizes and personalities. So with that being said you will never hear me say anything bad about black women which seems to be a damn trend these days. I love my black women black is and always has been beautiful don’t let any body tell you or make you feel any different.

Dylan Klebold Birthday Profile: Part 1

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A numerology, astrology and tarot profile of Dylan Bennet Klebold. Profile for a September 11 birthday taken from The Secret Language of Birthdays, by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers. (Gif credit to @kleboldqueen)


The lives of September 11 people usually pivot around certain vital and dramatic decisions which they are forced to make. These decisions may be thrust on them when they are still quite young, perhaps before their sixteenth year. Later, when their career or private life seems to be doing smoothly, when they are well established on their path, they will be met with repeated, often unexpected, crossroads. Within a society’s limits on freedom, the power to effect choice may be an individual’s greatest right. This fact is not at all lost on September 11 people who know how to wield great power through the choices they make.

There is no denying that people born on this day enjoy shocking others. They pride themselves on daring to risk and also enjoy recounting their exploits later. Everything that is boring, middle-class and mundane is rejected by them in thought and deed. Yet at the same time they have a tremendous need for the kind of stability that can only be found in a warm, loving family situation. Consequently, there is conflict between what they like to think they are (highly unconventional) and what they all too often may be (highly conventional).

“He’d make jokes about things that a lot of people don’t make jokes about – like death, and about really dark things.” – Devon Adams

I see how different i am (aren’t we all you’ll say) yet i’m on such a greater scale of difference (as far as I kno, or guess) I see jocks having fun, friends, woman, LIVEZ… or rather shallow existences compared to mine (maybe)” – Dylan Klebold

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the get down is one of the greatest tv shows i’ve ever watched in my life and it makes me so so mad to see people sleeping on it. this show has such an amazing plot, an amazing cast, an amazing soundtrack. it has diversity, a great rep. it deals with important topics such as racism, the emancipation of women, religion, the lgbt+ community, the music industry and so much more. what else do you need? 

“Freedom, or individual liberty, was a basic premise of the Spanish anarchist tradition. ‘Individual sovereignty’ is a prime tenet of most anarchist writing; the free development of one’s individual potential is one of the basic 'rights’ to which all humans are born. Yet Spanish anarchists were firmly rooted in the communalist-anarchist tradition. For them, freedom was fundamentally a social product: the fullest expression of individuality and of creativity can be achieved only in and through community. As Carmen Conde (a teacher who was also active in Mujeres Libres) wrote, describing the relationship of individuality and community: “I and my truth; I and my faith … And I for you, but without ever ceasing to be me, so that you can always be you. Because I don’ t exist without your existence, but my existence is also indispensable to yours.”
― Martha A. Ackelsberg, Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women

On This Day: June 25

World Vitiligo Day

  • 1856: Max Stirner dies of a bug bite in Berlin.
  • 1876: Lakota, Cheyenne & Arapahoe defeat General Custer & US Army at Little Big Horn, Montana.
  • 1878: Ezra Heywood sentenced to two years hard labor for advocating free love/sexual emancipation as part of women’s rights.
  • 1893: Haymarket Martyrs’ Monument by Albert Weinert is dedicated. Erected by the Pioneer Aid and Support Association, an organization begun by the anarchist Lucy Parsons, Albert Parsons’ widow.
  • 1894: Eugene Debs & American Railway Union demand boycott of Pullman railway cars during US Pullman strike of 50,000 rail workers.
  • 1903: George Orwell born in Motihari, India.
  • 1905: 1905 Revolution: Łódź insurrection in Poland ends.
  • 1916: Clandestine meeting of the Council general of the militant Unione Sindacale Italiana (USI; anarcho-syndicalist labor union) in Florence, Italy.
  • 1921: In the play R.U.R, Czech author Karel Čapek introduces the word robot. The play is about robots which organize & rebel over work & pay.
  • 1922: Delegates of the first congress in Saint-Etienne, France of the C.G.T.U. (Confédération générale du travail unitaire) align with the Communist International. This decision marks the defeat of the anarcho-syndicalists within its ranks.
  • 1926: In Paris, three Spanish anarchists are arrested, accused of preparing to assassinate Alphonse XII: Ascaso, Durruti and Jover. Louis Lecoin mounts a major protest campaign to prevent their extradition.
  • 1933: James Meredith born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. He is a Civil Rights Movement figure, writer, political adviser and Air Force veteran. In 1962, he became the first African-American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi.
  • 1938: United States passes the Wages & Hours Act. The Act bans child labour and sets a 40 hour work week.
  • 1943: Jews in the Częstochowa Ghetto in Poland form the Jewish Fighting Organisation and stage an uprising against the Nazis.
  • 1944: Anarchist-pacifist Eugene Humbert dies, killed in prison during WWII during an Allied bombing raid — the day before he was to be released.
  • 1955: Arrest of Pierre Morain, militant of the F.C.L. (Fédération Communiste Libertaire).
  • 1975: Mozambique wins independence from Portugal.
  • 1978: The Rainbow flag representing Gay Pride was flown for first time in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.
  • 1984: Michel Foucault dies in Paris. He was a philosopher, historian of ideas, social theorist, and literary critic.
  • 2001: Protests in Barcelona during World Bank summit.
Open Letter to the Organisations Red Guards Austin and Tjen Folket

Communists Must Oppose All Forms of the Patriarchal System Within Political Organisations and Condemn Violence Towards Women Through Self-Criticism and Exposing Its Perpetrators

Rape is one of the vilest tools available to the heterosexual patriarchal system under a bourgeois society to coerce and ‘fix’ women & non-men who do not correspond to heterosexuality and attempt to mount a resistant against the violence perpetuated against them by men.

Therefore it is one of the most sacred duties of a communist to not only directly and openly oppose this socio-economic system of violence aimed at women & non-men, but also carrying it into practice and upholding the Maoist slogan of “destroying the old world to a build new one” – ensuring full support and protection for women in their struggle against heterosexual patriarchy and their own liberation.

There can only be one answer to rape: absolute condemnation, no right for excuses, purge of the guilty individual of any political responsibilities, and more importantly ensuring that the victim is protected and the rapist is denied any form of access and is barred forever from participating within the organisation.

A comrade of Tjen Folket (Serve the People – Norway) has come forward to denounce another member of the political organisation for having engaged them in an act of non-consensual intercourse (rape). Opposed to applying the principle of investigation and combating this violent crime, Tjen Folket chose not to defend the victim but the rapist itself, resulting in the suspension of the victim from the organisation while the rapist continues to occupy a role within Tjen Folket.

Failure to isolate predators who occupy positions in Communist organizations and parties only serves patriarchy, opening women and non-men comrades up to the possibility of continued sexual violence on the part of the perpetrator. Protecting victims is not enough in situations where the perpetrator occupies a position within the Party or organization, it is imperative that sexual abusers and predators are isolated, exposed, and genuine efforts are undertaken by the organization to prevent the repetition of this and all male-chauvinistic behaviour.

The disastrous effects of this failure have manifested in many organizations, such as the New Communist Party- Liaison Committee, leading to their ultimate disintegration. Not only is this attitude anti-revolutionary and more appropriate of a bourgeois party, the evident lack of concern and respect towards a victim of rape is absolutely disgusting and unfortunately common problem within leftist organisations (regardless of ideological inclinations) due to the majority of its members being men who believe themselves above self-criticism.

But not only should Tjen Folket, as a whole, be condemned for its defence of a rapist, Red Guards Austin should also be condemned in no different manner for not positioning itself against a political organisation that had no quarrels in defending a rapist – simply put, inaction is approval. To continue to defend Tjen Folket “pending an investigation” as Red Guards Austin has done, only constitutes a reflection of bad gender practice, a failure to uphold proletarian feminism (this “pending investigation” doesn’t seem to be conducted at all, and led by male leadership of the organization). Allowing matters to slide, and anti-revolutionary actions to happen without any form of criticism is what Mao Zedong defined as “liberalism”, and it is fairly surprising how an essay written in 1937 continues to be necessary to be exercised within political organisations as if nothing has been learned ever since to combat the heterosexual patriarchal system.

The only path a genuine revolutionary communist organization can take when patriarchal violence rears its ugly head within its ranks, is expulsion. For organizations to pursue “restorative justice” campaigns, at the current level of organizing in core imperialist countries such as Norway and the United States, only reproduces liberalism and amounts to a dismissal of the victim’s lived reality. As the Center for Marxist-Leninist-Maoist studies wrote in their piece On Standards of Feminist Conduct: “Revolutionary organizations in the US are not states making decisions on punishment and rehabilitation, which would operate according to different standards. They are voluntary associations that must make a call – generally based on limited and conflicting verbal or written accounts – on how to respond to an incident, taking into consideration the need to advance the struggle for women’s emancipation, to develop women as militants and leaders, and to protect the organization’s work and reputation.”

To quote Enver Hoxha’s speech to local Party organizations in 1967: “The entire party and country should hurl into the fire and break the neck of anyone who dared trample underfoot the sacred edict of the party on the defense of women’s rights.” Or as Mao Zedong put it, “Women hold up half the sky.

Men who carry the banner of violence and assume themselves to be above others can only be answered with revolutionary violence and the strictest, boldest opposition to their way of thinking. Rapists, sexual abusers, predators must all be met with a crushing hammer, evicted from political organisations, and be denied any form of support – there is no mercy for these people, only condemnation.

Failure to uphold a proletarian feminist line only weakens our movement, and is a major reason behind why communists of the past six to seven decades, especially in imperialist countries, have massively failed in establishing themselves in a Party, much less a Party that seriously challenges capital or the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie.

We may not be a political organisation of any form but the members of thesovietbroadcast stand with the victims of heterosexual patriarchy and ardently oppose political organisations that have no issue in defending rapists and not denouncing rapists for the sake of political unity and “not meddling in others’ affairs”.

Our hope is that organisations such as Red Guards Austin and Tjen Folket come to perform self-criticism and correct their extremely wrong positions, admit they committed serious anti-revolutionary errors, and provide a proper apology to the victim not only internally but in the public sphere while taking the appropriate measures to remove the rapist from the organisation and creating mechanisms so that in the future victims are protected and their attacker removed automatically. We also call for communist and proletarian feminist organizations worldwide to apply pressure to all organizations that defend, harbour, or hold a liberal and anti-revolutionary line towards rapists and sexual assault within their ranks.

Those who imagine that a communist organization with proletarian feminist politics at its core can be built or that a revolutionary proletarian feminist movement can be developed today from the ground up – without first confronting the pressing issue of male chauvinism in the existing organizations and circles, including determining the proper guiding principles and policies to do this – are thoroughly deluding themselves. This view amounts to the liquidation of the struggle for women’s emancipation and a kind of economism that refuses to address the real political question at hand of the involvement of women in organizations.

International Women’s Day.

A post for International Women’s Day dedicated to one of my most inspiring women. Born as Margaret E Noble in Ireland, Sister Nivedita (1867-1911) was a versatile genius, the most regarded disciple of Swami Vivekananda, a revolutionary, lover of modern science, art, philosophy and stood for the emancipation of women. She met Swamiji in a chance meeting on his visit to London 1895. She traveled to Kolkata in 1898 and Swami Vivekananda gave her the title ‘Nivedita’, the dedicated one. Nivedita worked tirelessly against terrible odds to establish schools and free education for girls from the poorest of backgrounds, she also set up major relief efforts during times of plague and famine. Nivedita was also a great activist for the freedom movement of India.

Sister Nivedita remains one of the most influential female figures of India. A great devotee of Mother Kali, ironically she was never allowed to enter the temple at Dakshineswar due to ridiculous cast restrictions at the time, now her picture hangs proudly in Sri Ramakrishna’s room in the same temple. Nivedita frequently risked arrest to work for the cause of Indian Independence, her house because a meeting place for writers and politicians. She came into contact with some of the most influential figures in the independence movement, noted among them Sri Aurobindo and Mahatma Gandhi. Volumes can be said about this remarkable woman, a venerable lioness.

Quiz: Women have 1/2 the rulings from men in 5 affairs
Shaykh 'Abdurrahman Al-Omaisan
Quiz: Women have 1/2 the rulings from men in 5 affairs

Shaykh ‘Abdur Rahman al-Omaisan holds a quiz: “The woman is half of the man in five matters of religious dealings; what are the five rulings?”

translated by Dr. Qaisar Cheema

from Q&A session on August 3, 2015 in Edmonton, Canada.

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anonymous asked:

If you are a woman than why ridicule IWD with your crap about muslims?? I see you are antifeminist thats right explains it all

Lol how did I ridicule International Women’s Day? By saying that we should stop seeing ourselves as perpetual, helpless victims and to pray for the day that those who are being genuinely oppressed have the same rights and freedoms as we do? It is a day about international women, right?

So why is it only acceptable to focus on things like Donald Trump and mythical wage gaps and rape cultures in our country? Shouldn’t it be the one day of the year that we actually acknowledge these women? I’d say it makes me more of a feminist than you (and going by your dumb question, I am assuming you are a feminist) for not being reluctant to condemn cultural practices that clearly kill and harm women.

But oh wait, your friend at school who wears a hijab tells you how cool and awesome Islam is, right? Islam is the religion of peace and anyone who dares to suggest otherwise is a racist, bigoted Islamophobe, right? 

Muslim women living here wrapping white girls up in hijab and telling them to embrace the religion, talking about how cool it is to be a Muslim are just as privileged as the rest of us. If they are treated unfairly at work or discriminated against they can stand up, speak out, protest in the streets, and take legal action, just as the rest of us, they do not speak or do not represent the Muslim women who would die to get rid of their burqas and to have freedom and equal rights that these American Muslim women do. That’s the privilege that living in the West gives all of us, regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

Unfortunately this doesn’t apply for many women in other parts of the world. Islamic patriarchy, misogyny, oppression and honor violence is “just part of their culture” and to criticize it is Islamophobic, right? Anyone who favors the emancipation of Muslim women are criticized as being guilty of hating Muslims. Why are you guys going to such great lengths to silence meaningful debate? Do you really believe that these women are happy and it’s their choice because they were born into this religion and these rules and if they ever abandon it or step out of line they’ll be killed or imprisoned? Are you really that ignorant?

If white men were doing this to women, the country would probably be burned to the ground in protest, yet it gets accepted as a “cultural difference” because it’s not white men legally killing and mutilating innocent women and gay people so instead feminists have to create and imagine pretend atrocities done by white men so they can justify calling white men the oppressors instead of sounding racist by identifying the real ones.

International Women’s Day should have been a day to use just a single minute to raise our voices on behalf of these women with no recourse to protect their rights and to condemn the religious and cultural framework for women’s oppression under Sharia law. Yet all we saw were signs about Trump, pussies and porn. Although, I did see one sign that said “Stop The War On Women” which I can only assume they were speaking to Islamic men. That’s a good place to start…

As a moral and legal code, Sharia law is demeaning and degrading to women. It requires women to be placed under the care of male guardians, it views a woman’s testimony in court as worth half that of a man’s and it permits a husband to beat and rape his wife. It’s not only women’s legal and sexual freedoms that are curtailed under Sharia but their economic freedoms as well. Women generally inherit half of the amount that men inherit and their male guardian must consent to their choosing education, work, or travel.

There is a growing trend among some feminists to make excuses for Sharia law and claim it is nothing more than a personal moral guide, and therefore consistent with American constitutional liberties. Yet the rules that such “Sharia-lite feminists” voluntarily choose to follow are also invoked to oppress women -to marry them off, to constrain their economic and human rights, and to limit their freedom of expression - who have not consented to them. The moral conflict between Sharia and universal human rights should not be dismissed as a misunderstanding, but openly discussed.

Many of our feminists struggle to embrace universal women’s rights. Germaine Greer for example argues that attempts to outlaw female genital mutilation amounted to “an attack on cultural identity.”

It’s this type of deference to traditional practices, in the name of cultural sensitivity, hurts vulnerable women. Too many feminists in the West are reluctant to condemn cultural practices that clearly harm women - female genital mutilation, polygamy, child marriage, marital rape, and honor violence, all happening to non-white women yet being ignored and even accepted by feminists of all races who are too scared to rock the multicultural boat.

Women’s rights are universal, it’s not the same fighting for Muslim women raised and living in the United States as fighting for Muslim women being chained up and treated like dogs in the Islamic world. One already has equal rights, the other couldn’t even dream of having equal rights without being stoned or acid thrown on them first. Such practices have to stop being accepted and ignored, there’s a greater enemy to women than Trump or these mythical Nazis - it’s called Islam and it’s not racist to talk about it. It’s not a race, it’s an ideology and throughout the history of the world, not a single ideology has ever been as protected and banned from critcism as Islam is today. 

The revival of part of the women’s movement, catalyzed by the election of Donald Trump, has deeper roots than can be seen on the surface. A large portion of Western feminism has been captured by political ideologues and postmodern apologists. Rather than protecting women’s rights, many feminists are focused on signaling opposition to “right-wing” politics. One of the organizers of the Women’s March movement recently tweeted: “If the right wing is defending or agreeing with you, you are probably on the wrong side. Re-evaluate your positions.”

I’m all for dissent, but this kind of bullshit has caused political gridlock, even on humanitarian issues where the left and right should work together. Hostility and intolerance to others views have made rational discussion on important issues taboo. A robust defense of universal women’s rights should welcome support from both the left and the right, overcoming domestic partisan divisions in order to help women abroad attain their full rights.

Maybe on the next International Women’s Day, after we’re done pretending to be the victims, maybe we could spend just a couple of minutes protesting the oppression of women who have no access to legal protections and support those Muslim reformers such as Asra Nomani, Zuhdi Jasser and Irshad Manji, who seek to reform Islam in line with full legal equality between men and women. Maybe feminists could even strive to overcome domestic political divisions to defend the universality of women’s rights. I can only hope by this time next year, it’s not considered Islamophobic to fight for women’s rights.


Equality is about men and women being equal, not girl power. We should all just stop wasting time arguing about definitions of feminism and equality and just concentrate on getting it done. Because equal pay, childcare issues, all the glass ceilings still exist, even within our apparent constitutional and legal equality. But also in the wider world, 39,000 women a day get forced into child marriage. As emancipated, 21st century women who are living in a cosmopolitan city, why are we reducing ourselves and putting our energy into the wrong thing?

  • past me: *watching a Bollywood movie*
  • past me: aw that's cute, he's chasing after her
  • past me: aw he's fighting for their love
  • past me: omg he's so passionate
  • past me: I love Bollywood, that's just so adorable and awesome
  • present me: *watching a Bollywood movie*
  • present me: omg I don't remember this
  • present me: wtf leave her be, she said no
  • present me: sexism here, misogyny there, fucking assholes everywhere
  • present me: omg stop fucking touching her you fucking asshole. trying to blackmail her into getting together with you is not the way
  • present me: the music's good tho