it’s feels weird to me, sometimes, that the raised fist is now used as a super general protest gesture that even centrist liberals will use, and it’ll be in like kid’s movies and stuff
because it was created as a pretty explicitly communist symbol
and was used as an ‘antifascist salute’ to counter fascist salutes
not to mention frequently used in leftist iconography
and in IWW and other socialist organizations in the 20th century
and was used by the Black Panther Party (a socialist group) and other radical, black activists as a symbol of anti-capitalist solidarity and action
the raised fist has such a powerful history in radical anti-fascist and anti-capitalist protest.
I think all activists should learn about it and foster a respect in its complex history. it’s humbling, and also can remind us of the radical roots of different movements which have now been co-opted by liberals and branded by capital.
no matter how many t shirts it’s printed on or politicians using it there are, it has radical roots, and it will always hold that history for leftists to reclaim
The third world woman is an object to western liberal feminists. A collection of black and brown photographs that becomes one image of the savage. An amplifier for a platform to which we never consented.
The western liberal feminist want to speak about us, speak for us, and speak over us, but never speak to us. When she can use our struggles as propaganda for her own cause, we are invited to be seen. “This is why we need feminism!” she says, pointing to an image of a scarred woman whose name she doesn’t know.
But when we don’t agree, we become barbarians. When we protest, we are ignorant. When we resist the invasion and occupation of our lives by western armies/weapons/capitalism/theory/men, we are uneducated. They are trying to save us from self-destruction.
Don’t you see? Their weapons theory is the most advanced. The West will tell you when to speak, how to speak, and what you can speak about.
We will define your oppression.
My feminism grew like I did: in the womb of a woman nourished by the fruits of this land. [We are all rooted in the soil.]
The 1st thing that someone needs to know about this tense is that S1 (1st subject) is always different from the S2 (2nd subject), if both subjects are the same, you need to use the indicative, not the subjonctif.
The 2nd thing is that the subjonctive is always in the 2nd clause, always.
This tense is parted in 2:
How to form it:
que + the radical/root of the 3rd person plural in the present tense (ils) + specific ending
ex: que je mange
These endings are: 1st person singular: e
2nd person singular: es
3rd person singular: e
1st person plural: ions
2nd person plural: iez
3rd person plural: ent
However, French likes to be complicated so we have a list of exceptions (yes, the cruel French wants you to memorize it, no, there’s no cheat code, i want one too):
When to use the subjonctive and when to use the indicative?
The subjonctive is for incertitude and it’s subjective. The indicative is for certitude and it’s objective.
When to use the subjonctive?
1. after subjective verbs as: regretter, aimer, defendre, interdire, craindre, réjouire, demander, vouloir, désirer, douter. ex: Je doute qu’il soit arrivé à temps à l’école. However, espérer can never be in the subjonctive tense, never ever.
2. After croire, penser, trouver (trouver as in “i find you very cute” not as in finding a book or so) Also, the subjonctive follows these verbs only if they are in their negative form or in the interogative one, never in the affirmative form. ex: Je ne crois pas que tu viennes chez moi.
3. After “il faut que” ex: Il faut que tu saches la vérité.
4. After expressions like: il est possible/impossible/utile/ nécesaire, il vaut mieux, il se peut, il est grand temps, il est dommage ex: Il vaut mieux que tu fasses tes devoirs.
This rule has an indicative part. Expressions like: il est clair, il est évident, il est sûr, il va de soi, il est incontestable are always followed by the indicative ex: Il va de soi que tu passeras l’examen.
être + adjectives (subjective things like: heureux, malheureux, triste, enchanté, ravi) ex: Je suis heureux que tu sois arrive à temps.
6. After: bien que, quoique, quoi que, où que, qui que, sans que, avant que, pour que, afin que, quelque + adj. +que, quelques + noun +que, jusqu’à ce que, à supposer que, quel(les) que, de sorte que, de maniére que, malgré que, que… ou que, ex: Malgré que le professeur soit malade, il vient à l’école.
7. After: un(e), personne, quelqu’un, quelque chose, rien (actually, after any indefinite pronoun) ex: Je cherche une personne qui sache cuisine.
8. After a superlative ex C’est le meilleur livre que j’aie lu.
Transitioning from female to male can be a kind of consciousness
raising experience because it often changes
how others see and treat you. Shifts in social status, such as moving
from being seen as a woman to being seen as a man, from being seen a
genderfreak to blending in as just another guy, can
lead to insights on how society treats people according to what sex
they’re seen as.
After a few months of taking t, I started passing as
male almost exclusively and people started treating me differently than
they had when they saw me as a butch woman or couldn’t tell what sex I
was. I call this experience “joining the human race” because of
how much better I got treated. I didn’t know how poorly I’d been
treated before until I had something different to compare it to. That
shift in treatment, that realization of what a difference it made to be
seen as male or female, that experience is the root of my present
I would suspect that other detransitioned radical feminists would trace their radicalization back to experiences they had when they transitioned. Maybe it
was passing as male and suddenly being taken more seriously and
respected, getting a taste of male privilege. Maybe it was hearing what men say when they think no women
are around, all the crude misogynistic bullshit so many men sprout. Maybe
it was realizing that one’s transition was a response to living in a
hostile woman-hating society or getting assaulted for being female.
Figuring out that you changed your body in response to society tends to shift your world-view.
Joining a community of women who were so
traumatized as a result of being female that we changed or considered
changing our bodies in order to escape from harm brings home how violent
this society is towards women. As a community, we know a whole lot
about how people in this society attack the female body. We know they
attack it whether it’s seen as feminine or masculine, whether it’s
“clearly female” or “sexually ambiguous”, whether it’s fat or thin,
judged attractive or ugly. Our bodies are often attacked in specific ways due to our race, ethnicity, class and perceived sexuality. We know how our own bodies were attacked for
being female and we listen to other women describe how their bodies were attacked
too. We hear each other describe how differently we were treated
depending on what we called ourselves, how we dressed, how we changed
our bodies or didn’t, whether we passed for male or didn’t. We come to see how our past alienation from being female actually had everything to do with living as a female under patriarchy. We come to see how much being female has shaped the course of our lives.
Taking t or getting surgery
can radicalize you. Transitioning,
socially or medically, can lead to experiences that change
your perspective. Changing your body and how people react to it can
end up changing your mind and how you see the world in unexpected ways. Transitioning and living as a man taught
me what it means to be a woman, to be female in this society. It transformed me in ways I never imagined, from a genderqueer trans man to a radical feminist dyke.
I consider that transformation one of the only positive long term effects of my transition. Transitioning cost me a lot and caused a lot of problems but I’m glad it broadened my perspective, woke me up to just how fucked up our society is and eventually lead me to radical feminist culture and community. I know so many bad ass women now who I wouldn’t have met otherwise. It was a blessing to witness and take part in the creation of the detransitioned and dysphoric women’s community. So I do think transitioning can be beneficial at times, just not in the ways most people think.