women's emancipation

“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!

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.

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


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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“Depicting women in chains was ubiquitous in suffrage cartoons from the 1910s, in which women sought to be emancipated by gaining the right to vote.

…Wonder Woman is bound in almost every one of her adventures, usually in chains. The bondage in Wonder Woman comics raised hackles with [publisher Max] Gaines’s editorial advisory board, but [Wonder Woman co-creator William Moulton] Marston insisted that Wonder Woman had to be chained or tied so that she could free herself — and, symbolically, emancipate herself.

—From “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” by Jill Lepore

Can we please do away with the notion that bondage in 1940s Wonder Woman comics is nothing more than her creator’s sexual kink? 

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.

anonymous asked:

It seems increasingly so that feminism has devolved into a inherently reactionary and counterrevolutionary ideology centered around misandry, racism, and divisive identity politics, which goes against Marxism's principles of sexual and racial equality and only works to reinforce systems of oppression instead of challenging them. So with that in mind, should Marxists support feminism or can Marxism itself stand alone as an alternative to it?

You seem to fall under the notion that there is only a sole approach to the women’s movement, and therefore feminism, when in fact, just like any other political and social movement, there are countless ways to do so.

You cannot draw the masses into politics without drawing in the women as well. For under capitalism the female half of the human race is doubly oppressed.

- V.I. Lenin on International Working Women’s Day

It is true that institutions have taken western liberal feminism as the standard-bearer of what constitutes feminism, because it is reactionary and serves imperialism. Women’s liberation is only possible through socialism, to what any other approach just ignores the truth that women’s oppression is inherently connected to capitalism - that actively promotes misogyny, sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, among other ways of real prejudice.

Misandry is not one of them, though, and any mention to it just like you did undermines the minorities’ struggle. Feminism is for women and about women, and making it a men’s issue is nothing but reactionary practice.

Liberal feminism also erases the struggle of women in third world countries, and forgets that those women are heavily exploited in order to support the living conditions of women in first world countries.

One of the great differences between the proletarian revolutionary approach to the woman question and that of even the most radical of bourgeois democrats is whether to consciously fan this stream of rebellion or whether to constantly seek to restrict and narrow the scope of the outpouring of women, to see them as a valuable battering ram against the enemies but to fear their revolutionary yearnings for a completely different society.

How many times have we heard the nationalists and bourgeois-democratic revolutionaries claim that raising the woman question is “divisive” to the struggle? But this is only true if the goal of the “struggle” is itself seen as setting up a national structure complete with exploiters and exploited, male chauvinism, patriarchy and a whole host of other reactionary practices and thinking. And this policy of fear of going “too far” inevitably also puts limits on how thoroughly and effectively women will take part in even those revolutionary activities which are “permitted”.

On the contrary, the proletarian revolutionaries welcome and nourish the rebellion of women. For the proletarian revolutionaries, the contradictions engendered by the active participation of women are a necessary feature of the revolutionary movement. Handling this correctly through education, criticism and self-criticism, as well as promoting conscious struggle, including the rebellion of women, against backward ideas and practices within the revolutionary movement can lead to the advance of the whole movement, both men and women.

The contradiction between men and women will not disappear by wishing it away or trying to dissolve it into the general “struggle”, as the bourgeois forces and male chauvinists would have it. Such an approach will only mean that the participation of women is throttled and that sooner or later their resistance will emerge in a way that may be less favourable for the revolution.

Break the Chains: Unleash the Fury of Women as a Mighty Force for Revolution!

In this sense, feminism is necessary for the development of communism. No true revolution will happen if we treat women’s struggle as a side issue, for it is important to disseminate a feminist theory that actively criticizes western liberal feminism - that no woman can be free under capitalism and that only through the path of socialism women will experience true emancipation.

It’d be completely unmarxist to think otherwise.


  • 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

Thinking about it, Henry VII went the vast majority of his life without his mother, a real home and without safety and security, it makes sense that Elizabeth would figure out the best way to gain Henry’s respect, trust and love would be to provide that stability. It’s not a passive act, it’s an active choice she made in order to secure her own position and affection from a King who could have easily doubted her motives and those of her family. I think some writers *coughPGcough* confused strong, female characters with being a constant manipulative bitch who always needs to have her own way. For some women true emancipation comes from being able to help and love others. When did being kind suddenly turn into being passive and useless?

  • USSR: Third world feudalist country to rival of the US in a matter of decades.
  • USSR: One the leaders in the equality and emancipation of women.
  • USSR: One of the leaders of internationalism and anti-racism.
  • USSR: Definite leader in space technology with many achievements resulting in Americans having to find a new found love for the moon.
  • USSR: Actually stood a chance against the capitalist world and the bourgeoisie and brought hope in the idea of world communism through marxist-leninist ideas.
  • USSR: Spawned dozens of movements even outside of socialism to make progress for the benefit of humanity ranging from the Black Panthers to the People's Republic of China.
  • USSR: Basically the leader of the left for decades in the 20th century.
  • Anarchists: "Well the USSR didn't really achieve anything because they weren't really democratic."
  • Anarchists: Probably don't even know how the USSR government was actually run outside of bourgeois propaganda and the occasional history article.

The Institute of Sexology (Institut für Sexualwissenschaft) in Berlin, Germany. Headed by Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld. The institute advocated sex education, contraception, the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and women’s emancipation, and was a pioneer worldwide in the call for civil rights and social acceptance for homosexual and transgender people.

A Female Afghan Pilot Soars and Gives Up
Capt. Niloofar Rahmani was hailed as a pioneer in the Afghan Air Force. Now she desperately wants out.
By Ernesto Londoño

Perhaps no Afghan’s story better embodied America’s aspirations for Afghanistan than that of Capt. Niloofar Rahmani, the first female fixed-wing pilot in the fledgling Afghan Air Force.

She was celebrated in Washington in 2015 when the State Department honored her with its annual Women of Courage award. “She continues to fly despite threats from the Taliban and even members of her own extended family,” the first lady, Michelle Obama, said in a statement.

On Thursday, on the eve of her scheduled return to Afghanistan from a 15-month training course at Air Force bases in Texas, Florida and Arkansas, Captain Rahmani broke a sobering piece of news to her American trainers. She still wants to be a military pilot, but not under her country’s flag. This summer, she filed a petition seeking asylum in the United States, where she hopes to eventually join the Air Force.

“Things are not changing” for the better in Afghanistan, Captain Rahmani said in an interview on Friday. “Things are getting worse and worse.”

Captain Rahmani was 10 years old when the United States toppled the Taliban government in Afghanistan in 2001. As the Bush administration set out to rebuild a country scarred by war, it made promoting women’s rights a priority, a bold undertaking in a deeply conservative nation where women had been barred from schools and the work force.

During her teenage years, Captain Rahmani was inspired by America’s goal of emancipating Afghan women. When she was 18, with the support of her parents, she eagerly enlisted in her country’s air force. “It has been always my dream to do this job, be a pilot,” she said. “It made me really proud.”

The American government hailed her example as a bright spot in the difficult effort to build the Afghan Air Force, which has cost American taxpayers more than $3.7 billion. The endeavor has been marred by delays, logistical challenges and wasteful spending.

After photos of Captain Rahmani wearing tan combat boots, a khaki flight suit, a black head scarf and aviator glasses were published in the press when she earned her wings in 2013, she and her relatives in Kabul began receiving death threats. At work in Afghanistan, she said, she felt unsafe because most of her male colleagues held her in contempt. Still, she put on a brave face during the early months of her training in the United States, which began in September 2015.

“I would just want to encourage all of the females around the world, especially in my country where the females have no rights, to just believe in themselves and to have more self-confidence,” Captain Rahmani told an American military journalist in March 2015 during a visit to a Marine Corps air station.

But that resolve has eroded in recent months. The Afghan Air Force stopped paying her salary shortly after the American training program began, Captain Rahmani said. When female workers at an airport in southern Afghanistan were slain this month, she was horrified to hear some members of Parliament quoted as saying the women would have been safe if they had stayed at home.

This new phase of her life in the United States starts with trepidation. “It makes me really nervous,” she said of having her asylum petition pending when President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to bar Muslims from entering the United States. Still, Captain Rahmani said she sees the United States as a place where women can aspire to accomplish great things.

She doesn’t believe that to be true of her homeland. Pursuing pathbreaking goals in today’s Afghanistan as a woman is futile, she said. “It’s better to keep it as a dream and not let it come true.”