I dedicate this post to my sister, friend and fellow feminist Hawzhin, a.k.a. The Middle Eastern Feminist.
It was thanks to her that I learned about the YPJ forces and the struggle of the Kurdish people for their independence and against ISIS terrorism.
This text was originally published in her Facebook page.
An essential objective of the Kurdish YPJ (Women’ Protection Unit) is to challenge the gender norms in relation to war; including women’s role in war as well as to exist as a visible psychological boost for women in war-torn communities, demonstrating that women are not weak or passive and can actively work to defend themselves and their communities.
By the same token, their existence challenges male perception that in war women are passive subjects ready to be killed, maimed, abused, etc at the whim and will of male aggressors. Continue reading
This year, I participated for the first time in an event called Encuentro Nacional de Mujeres (National Women’s Meeting) during its 29th edition, in the city of Salta.
The National Women’s Meeting takes place annually in Argentina since 1986. It is an autonomous, self-organized, democratic, pluralistic, self-funded, federal and horizontal meeting.
It is held in a different city every year, the new location is chosen democratically in the final assembly of each meeting.
With the intent to enrich the debate around the organization of women with focus in Argentina, I’m sharing my experience of participating for the first time in the Encuentro and, from my subjective point of view, my personal and political reflections.
What is the Bechdel Test?
The Bechdel Test was published in 1985, in the episode named “The Rule” from the comic “Dykes To Watch Out For“:
In summary, the test consists of three rules to analyze a movie:
1. There must be at least two women in it (some add the additional requisite of knowing their names).
2. They must talk to each other.
3. The conversation can’t be about a man.
Although originally it was meant as a humorous resource from a fictional character, eventually some people decided to put it into practice. The results were appalling: many, many, many Hollywood successes fail the test.
Ironically (or not so much), it also has been proven that movies which pass the Bechdel Test have a lower budget, make more money and and have a better overall return of investment than those which fail. Continue reading
Today is not just Women’s Day,
It’s not a day for flowers or presents
or to go “what about teh menz?”
No. I’ll tell you what day is today.
Today is the day to think about ourselves,
and how we treat women every day,
how we talk to them, how we talk about them,
what space we give them in our personal world.
Today is the day to think, above all,
of those women we like the least,
who choose what we wouldn’t choose for them,
who were born to a disgraceful life,
and the respect we owe to them all.
Today is bad women’s day.
Today is whores and lesbian women’s day,
fat and ugly and poor women’s day,
old women and jailed women’s day.
Today is screaming women’s day,
crying women’s day
and silenced women’s day.
Today is battered women’s day,
the day of kidnapped and tortured women
of women raped by their own husbands.
On how “Feminazi” came to existence
As almost every other Feminazi, I learnt I was one because someone else called me so. They also called me the lighter version misandrist (closest translation from Spanish “hembrista”).
Let’s start from the beginning. Feminism could be defined as the struggle to repair all inequalities which our culture imposes on women.
There is also a supposedly extreme branch, a minority of feminists who overflow the measure of equality and want the whole, if by “whole” we mean women supremacy over men, or else an overwhelming revenge.
As a recent Latin American Slutwalker, and as a Feminist in general, I am witnessing a very welcomed worldwide debate on a certain kind of “advice” regarding rape prevention or, as some have phrased in a laughable euphemism, “risk-management”.
Many feminists have wrote articles which helped me understand different views on what the fight is really about. It also helped me to attend the Slutwalk held in my city, and see with my own eyes what happened there.
I would like to share with you my own vision now.
Since few people could have summarized such ancient lore so efficiently, I will take hand of Constable Sanguinetti’s words: “women should avoid dressing like sluts.”
An alternate approach was provided by Emily Yoffe recently: “don’t get drunk.”
These statements are problematic for several reasons.
But the main reason, which also happens to be the simplest, is that they go absolutely against everything we know about rape.
The so-called advice is a myth, and its main effect is to shame women’s choices and silence rape survivors.
But this time I’d like to focus on a particular consequence of buying into the myth’s logic. Continue reading
I find it very annoying when someone refers to all women using the singular form “a woman”, a very common use in Spanish.
We say “Woman’s day” instead of “Women’s day”. It’s also very common to hear “Woman is…” when someone is preaching about what women are, or what they’re supposed to be. This last example is usually followed by horrendous compilations of stereotypes.
The problem of using the singular form is that instead of thinking about millions and millions of unique human beings, we end up thinking of one single, specific, ubiquitous woman. We think of an “Ideal Woman”.
And what kind of Ideal Woman have we been taught in this Hell of a world?
A monstrous one.
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