the women's liberation movement

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The fact the members of the Democratic establishment are considering allowing the Supreme Court to repeal Roe v. Wade should tell you all you need to know because that’s what this is. How do we stand for these people while constantly worrying that they’ll stab us in the back?

The Democratic leadership is still living in the early 90s and believes in the “rational center” and “hearing both sides” against all evidence showing that leads to humiliating powerlessness.

  • You: Patriarchy hurts men too! We need to include men in our feminism!
  • Me, an intellectual: Patriarchy was created by men and for the benefit of men. Maybe they are negatively affected in some ways, but the multitude of ways in which they benefit from patriarchy certainly outweighs these negatives. Furthermore, it's not our responsibility to address men's problems which they created for themselves and should fix themselves. It is within our rights to create a movement exclusively for women's liberation and to suggest otherwise is frankly misogynistic.

Hey, white women, can we talk for a second? Yep, you too. Everybody in a huddle real quick. 

Originally posted by uswntinmotion

Everybody here? Okay good. 

I voted for Clinton, but I am just as responsible for what is going on in our country right now as those voted for Trump. I am upset and devastated that the majority of white women who voted voted for Trump. I understand why and the systems in place that made women think they should vote for him, but I also need to remind you of a few things. 

Just because you borrow a white man’s privilege by being married to one or being surrounded by them doesn’t mean that privilege is really yours. It means that you only get it for a time. When a man decides he is no longer interested in you, that is when you discover the power was never actually yours. Don’t rely on white men to understand and protect you. They don’t understand because they simply are not taught to do so. 

There is a fucked up system in place of being a person who is oppressed and oppressing others. We see this all the time. We know why bullies bully. It’s because they feel insecure and unsafe in other parts of their lives. But you need to keep in mind that just because you aren’t on the bottom of the pile, doesn’t mean you aren’t being crushed in that pile. You are not on top. Why are you voting to keep others beneath you, rather than voting to climb out of the pile entirely?

There is a photo of Trump and his wife voting that I think everyone saw. In it Trump is attempting to see how she is voting. (There is one of his son doing the same thing, only in even more blatant fashion.)

I think that is a good summation of what a lot of white women subconsciously are aware of: that the men in their lives are expecting them to vote a certain way and to think a certain way. I know it sounds very 1950s, the whole good little wife waiting on her husband hand and foot, but it still echoes in our culture and has its roots deep in western culture prioritizing men’s beliefs and thoughts over that of women. Every white woman has a spectre of a white man hovering over her shoulder. That’s why we are taught to be peacemakers and to worry about making everyone happy. Even I fall into this trap, but as I said before, voting to oppress other people isn’t going to get rid of your own oppression. It isn’t going to lessen it. It only makes you an accomplice in the oppression. 

None of the above absolves you. It doesn’t absolve me. Just because I understand the system of oppression involved in being a woman in this country doesn’t make it okay that so many of us voted for someone who is so blatantly racist and angry. He is encouraging other people to act out. You may say, “I don’t agree with everything he does.” I understand that, but ultimately you voted for someone who is okay with that. By doing so, you sent a message to everyone that even if you don’t consider yourself a racist or a bigot, you will stand silently by while someone else is. 

And liberal white women, this message is for you, too, so don’t sit back and pat yourself on the back for voting for Clinton. There is a history within the suffrage movement and within feminism of white, supposedly liberal women always putting themselves first. We need stop doing that. We need to be better. We need to fight for every last single woman. We need to stop letting down every last person of color in this country. We need to stop being ableist and transphobic. We either stand for all women or none at all. Too many of us quietly went to the polls and voted for Clinton and never once said a thing to convince other people to not vote for Trump. And way, way, way too many of us are now telling marginalized people to make peace with the people who voted for Trump. Stop it. You are speaking from a position of privilege again. They are entitled to their fear and anger and no, they shouldn’t have to hug and place nice with people who told them that they are less than human through their voting. If you are really liberal, you need to act like it and you need to be ready to hear what marginalized women have to say and not get upset when they tell you you are wrong. 

This is a reminder for myself that I need to be better. Always. And a reminder that we as a group, every last white woman, regardless of how you voted, have a lot of work to do. We benefit from our whiteness, even if we don’t benefit from being women. Stop the thought pattern that says, “We are okay because he doesn’t mean us. He means those other women.” Those other women need your protection and support, because no one else is giving it. 

Huddle break over. Go prove that you are better than this. 

theguardian.com
#TrumpOut: 'He's an embarrassment': hostile welcome for Trump on return to New York
President forced to make a quick getaway after his first visit home since winning the White House
By Adam Gabbatt

It was a case of so near and yet so far. Donald Trump returned to New York on Thursday night for the first time since his inauguration, yet the closest he could get to his home in Trump Tower was 10 blocks away as the city that made his fortune greeted him with noisy protest..

The president bypassed his Fifth Avenue penthouse, where First Lady Melania and youngest son Barron still live, bound for the USS Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier on the Hudson river, where he attended a gala to mark the 75th anniversary of a major second world war naval battle.

To heighten the bitter-sweetness of his homecoming, hundreds of protesters gathered blocks away from the vessel clattering pots and pans, chanting “Shame, shame, shame” and bearing posters proclaiming: “Impeach the Freak.”

“ Liberal men and women ask, "Why can’t we just be our­selves, all human beings, begin now and not dwell in past injustices, wouldn’t that subvert the sex-class system, change it from
the inside out?” The answer is no. The sex-class system has a structure; it has deep roots in religion and culture; it is fundamental to the economy; sexuality is its creature; to be “just human beings” in it, women have to hide what happens to them as women because they are women—happenings like forced sex and forced reproduc­tion, happenings that continue as long as the sex-class system operates. The liberation of women requires facing the real condition of women in order to change it. “We’re all just people” is a stance that prohibits recognition of the systematic cruelties visited on women because of sex oppression.

Feminism as a liberation movement, then, demands a revolutionary single standard of what humans have a right to, and also demands that the current sexual bifurcation of rights never be let out of sight.

Antifeminism does the opposite: it insists that there is a double standard of what humans have a right to—a male standard and a female standard; and it insists at the same time that we are all just human beings, right now, as things stand, within this sex-class system, so that no special attention should be paid to social phe­nomena on account of sex.

With respect to rape, for instance, the feminist starts out with a single standard of freedom and dignity:
everyone, women as well as men, should have a right to the integ­rity of their own body. Feminists then focus on and analyze the sex-class reality of rape: men rape, women are raped; even in those statistically rare cases where boys or men are raped, men are the rapists. Antifeminists start out with a double standard: men con­quer, possess, dominate, men take women; women are conquered, possessed, dominated, and taken. Antifeminists then insist that rape is a crime like any other, like mugging or homicide or bur glary: they deny its sex-specific, sex-class nature and the political meaning undeniably implicit in the sexual construction of the crime. Feminists are accused of denying the common humanity of men and women because feminists refuse to budge on the sex issue of who does what to whom, how often, and why. Antifeminists refuse to acknowledge that the sex-class system repudiates the humanity of women by keeping women systematically subject to exploitation and violence as a condition of sex.

In analyzing the sex-class system, feminists are accused of inventing or perpetuating it. Calling attention to it, we are told, insults women by suggesting that they are victims (stupid enough to allow themselves to be vic­timized). Feminists are accused of being the agents of degradation
by postulating that such degradation exists. This is a little like con­sidering abolitionists responsible for slavery, but all is fair when love is war. In ignoring the political significance of the sex-class system except to defend it when it is under attack, antifeminists suggest that “we’re all in this together,” all us human beings, different-but-together, a formulation that depends on lack of clarity for its persuasiveness. Indisputably, we’re all in rape together, some of us to great disadvantage. “

– "Right Wing Women” by Andrea Dworkin­

I love actual feminism, but I have to admit that at times, I feel like I don’t even want to call myself a feminist anymore. Today’s mainstream feminism panders to men and patriarchy instead of focusing on and prioritizing women; people who call themselves feminists still have no analysis of male supremacy and fail to acknowledge sex based oppression; the liberal/sex positive feminist movement has created a “feminism” that reinforces rape culture, male exploitation of women and sexual violence which is upheld at the expense of the most vulnerable women (porn, sex buying, bdsm …); and feminist movements reinforce and support gender instead of fighting to abolish it, which is absolutely absurd since gender is literally a product of patriarchy. I hate to say it, but at times it feels like we can’t get things done if we associate with these people and constantly find ourselves forced to defend our wish to actually liberate women even within the movement, or are forced to handle misogynistic and derailing slurs and accusations whenever we try to fight the oppression of women and talk about the global violence and exploitation and subordination of women. I’m just playing around with the idea of focusing on the core: to be a women’s liberationist, and stand firmly for that.

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Arrested on the official charge of “obstructing traffic,” suffragettes were often sent to the Occoquan Workhouse for 60-day terms. In the workhouse an officer once reported that “The beans, hominy, rice, corn meal … and cereal have all had worms in them. Sometimes the worms float to the top of the soup. Often they are found in the corn bread.” Due to these unsanitary and inhumane conditions, the suffragettes went on a hunger strike. Guards responded by force-feeding them milk and raw eggs.

On November 15, 1917, under orders from W.H. Whittaker, superintendent of the Occoquan Workhouse, approximately 40 guards brutalized 33 jailed suffragists. They beat Lucy Burns and chained her hands to the cell bars above her head, leaving her there for the night. According to affidavits, other women were grabbed, dragged, beaten, choked, slammed, pinched, twisted, and kicked. The incident became known as the Night of Terror