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Oct 28
“Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex.”

Karl Marx (via man-of-prose)

I wondered where this one came from, so I did some digging. A little different from the commonly quoted version

Via marxists.org, Marx-Engels Correspondence 1868, Marx To Ludwig Kugelmann In Hanover:

Tell your dear wife that I never ‘suspected’ her of serving under Madame General Geck. I queried only in jest. Incidentally, the ladies cannot complain about the ‘International’, since it has appointed a lady, Madame Law, as a member of the General Council. Joking aside, very great progress was demonstrated at the last congress of the American ‘Labor Union’, inter alia, by the fact that it treated the women workers with full parity; by contrast, the English, and to an even greater extent the gallant French, are displaying a marked narrowness of spirit in this respect. Everyone who knows anything of history also knows that great social revolutions are impossible without the feminine ferment. Social progress may be measured precisely by the social position of the fair sex (plain ones included).

Perhaps not quite as strong as one might hope when in context, but there it is. It makes one think what exactly is meant by “progress” or what might be a broader view of Marx’s position on women. I wouldn’t jump to conclusions, as some might out of defense of Marx, to say that he was a saint in this department or a champion of women’s rights, but it’s definitely worth investigating. Perhaps one could start with this one by Hal Draper. Then again, it would be good to find more critical perspective. Recommendations please! 

(via eternallyhuman)


Oct 23

Sep 27

think-progress:

Ms. Magazine’s inaugural 1972 cover vs. its 40th anniversary cover

What this says about the state of feminism, other than that we have a long way to go.

:( so sad… What happened?

I detect in me a suspicion that 3rd wave feminism and post-modern projects have part of the bare part of the responsibility… Thoughts? Books and papers on the subject? Please help!


Aug 29

Demanding state wages for household work

"Those who demanded state wages for housework sought two things. First, to make wifely love visible as productive work. Second, to uncover for women the leverage that workers have in their potential to strike. ‘To say that we want money for housework is the first step towards refusing to do it,’ wrote Italian feminist Silvia Federici, ‘because the demand for a wage makes our work visible … both in its immediate aspect as housework and its more insidious character as femininity.’ This was feminism designed not to increase individual compensation, but to reveal and create power while undoing sex roles in all realms of life."

, “The Fairer Sex”, Jacobin magazine


“Feminism is the struggle to end sexist oppression.” , “Fairer Sex”, Jacobian magazine

About all the questioning: “Is this feminist?” and “what is feminism?”
Can be big questions, but can also be just this succinct 

Check out the article 

Aug 28
apparenze:

Rosa Luxemburg, Simone De Beauvoir and Emma Goldman  (1930’s)  

Wait, just checked around, and checked the facts… These ladies don’t seem to fit the ages of these three wonderful women. Damn damn. Who ARE they?

apparenze:

Rosa Luxemburg, Simone De Beauvoir and Emma Goldman  (1930’s)  

Wait, just checked around, and checked the facts… These ladies don’t seem to fit the ages of these three wonderful women. Damn damn. Who ARE they?

(via vlmy-deactivated20130123)


Aug 11
suzy-x:

Brooklyn women make their building theirs

The rent strike started two years ago when Sara Lopez woke up early one morning. No one sleeps much in these three buildings — in the winter there’s no heat, in the summer there’s no electricity, and all year there are rats and cockroaches scurrying in the walls — but that morning Lopez had slept even worse than usual, and she was mad.
“I thought and thought and decided that I needed to do something,” she said. “So I knocked on 51 doors because I got mad of so much injustice.”
At each door she and Trelles spread a clear message: Stop paying rent. It wasn’t an idea born out of an ideology regarding private property or capitalism or self-governance. Instead, Lopez — a retired public employee who says she still has faith in the power and intentions of the local government — was espousing a radicalism born from necessity and experience. She knew that tenants could run the buildings better than Petito, whom she called un payaso, which means “clown” in Spanish but sounds far more poisonous than that when hissed in her Honduran accent. In the winter of 1982, after a former landlord simply abandoned the buildings without heat, Lopez brought the buildings’ families together, and they governed themselves — collecting money to pay the bills and replace the boiler, and forming teams to clean the hallways, put the trash out and make repairs.

Read the article in its entirety, it’s so good. These ladies know what’s up.

Freaking beautiful. organize and take control of your own community.

suzy-x:

Brooklyn women make their building theirs

The rent strike started two years ago when Sara Lopez woke up early one morning. No one sleeps much in these three buildings — in the winter there’s no heat, in the summer there’s no electricity, and all year there are rats and cockroaches scurrying in the walls — but that morning Lopez had slept even worse than usual, and she was mad.

“I thought and thought and decided that I needed to do something,” she said. “So I knocked on 51 doors because I got mad of so much injustice.”

At each door she and Trelles spread a clear message: Stop paying rent. It wasn’t an idea born out of an ideology regarding private property or capitalism or self-governance. Instead, Lopez — a retired public employee who says she still has faith in the power and intentions of the local government — was espousing a radicalism born from necessity and experience. She knew that tenants could run the buildings better than Petito, whom she called un payaso, which means “clown” in Spanish but sounds far more poisonous than that when hissed in her Honduran accent. In the winter of 1982, after a former landlord simply abandoned the buildings without heat, Lopez brought the buildings’ families together, and they governed themselves — collecting money to pay the bills and replace the boiler, and forming teams to clean the hallways, put the trash out and make repairs.

Read the article in its entirety, it’s so good. These ladies know what’s up.

Freaking beautiful. organize and take control of your own community.

(via sabots-are-for-sabotage)


Aug 4

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Aug 3

Jul 26

Pussy Riot, Russian feminist punk band, was arrested in February, just a few weeks before the elections, for preforming the song “Punk Prayer” at a cathedral in Moscow, which calls upon the Virgin Mary to drive away Putin and prevent a third term. 

They recently sent a letter of thanks from prison. They could face up to seven years in prison on “hooliganism”.

Seriously

"Hooliganism" 

Here are the lyrics:

(Chorus)

St. Maria, Virgin, Drive away Putin
Drive away! Drive away Putin!
(end chorus)

Black robe, golden epaulettes
All parishioners are crawling and bowing
The ghost of freedom is in heaven
Gay pride sent to Siberia in chains

The head of the KGB is their chief saint
Leads protesters to prison under escort
In order not to offend the Holy
Women have to give birth and to love

Holy shit, shit, Lord’s shit!
Holy shit, shit, Lord’s shit!

(Chorus)
St. Maria, Virgin, become a feminist
Become a feminist, Become a feminist
(end chorus)

Church praises the rotten dictators
The cross-bearer procession of black limousines
In school you are going to meet with a teacher-preacher
Go to class - bring him money!

Patriarch Gundyaev believes in Putin
Bitch, you better believed in God
Belt of the Virgin is no substitute for mass-meetings
In protest of our Ever-Virgin Mary!

(Chorus)
St. Maria, Virgin, Drive away Putin
Drive away! Drive away Putin!

(end chorus) 


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