Manufacturers

17, Anarcha feminist

17, Anarcha feminist

Anarcha-feminism (also called anarcho-feminism or anarchist feminism) constitutes an attempt at drawing out the anarchist tendencies of feminism and the feminist tendencies of anarchism, in order to establish a dialogue between the two traditions. 

More details


£0.30

Availability: we'll make you one!

Anarcha-feminism (also called anarcho-feminism or anarchist feminism) constitutes an attempt at drawing out the anarchist tendencies of feminism and the feminist tendencies of anarchism, in order to establish a dialogue between the two traditions. Anarcho-feminists certainly share some of the ‘traditional’ feminist concerns and objectives (i.e. control over one’s body and sexuality; elimination of sex stereotyping; alternatives to the nuclear family; and the dismantling of patriarchal relationships). These concerns, however, are approached with a critique that aims its focus on power, by asking how power operates and what alternatives exist to it in each context.


Such a critique has been developed, specifically, in response to the male dominated movements of the Left. It can be traced back, at least, to the late 1970’s where in the South East and London Anarchist Libertarian conference arguments broke out over the organization of the conference itself. [1] Realizing that anarchist men were blind to the gender issues facing activist women, anarcho-feminists pushed for an autonomous women’s movement within the anarchist movement and for the small group model which did not alienate women the same way that large scale movements do. As such, the notion of a single overarching movement along with the movement leaders came under fire. In turn, what emerged as a desirable alternative, the autonomous, decentralized group, received criticism [2] from feminists who were concerned that the abandoning of leadership roles would result in a structureless paralysis of revolutionary potential. Nevertheless, anarcho-feminists defended the model claiming that it was a viable revolutionary alternative to the hierarchies found within large scale-movements. As Red Rosa and Black Maria explain: “Two, three, five or ten… individual revolutionaries who know and trust each other intimately can carry out revolutionary acts and make our own policy. As members of a leaderless affinity group, each member participates on an equal level of power, thus negating the hierarchical function of power.” [3]


The anarcho-feminist critique of power coupled with the desire for the elimination of all hierarchies is, in the classical anarchist spirit, particularly aimed at the state. Although anarcho-feminists are concerned about many social contexts, the state receives particular attention as “the ultimate stronghold of male domination”. [4] This position leads anarcho-feminism to distance itself from all other schools of feminist thought which seek to ‘empower’ women by promoting some of them to positions of power. It is here, perhaps, that the most startling and original work of anarcho-feminism emerges. The rejection of matriarchal depictions of women along with the rejection of the worker’s state (or women’s parties) runs counter-intuitive to many feminisms. Yet, anarcho-feminists continue to insist that (revolutionary) women must have no part in an oppressive structure. We can trace the refusal of participation and representation vis-à-vis the state to Emma Goldman, who rejected the project of woman’s suffrage, stating: “I do not believe that woman will make politics worse; nor can I believe that she could make it better. If, then, she cannot improve on man’s mistakes, why perpetrate the latter?” [5] The notion that power in the hands of women would still replicate hierarchies and structures of domination has been developed by anarcho-feminists as a vital critique of political action.

 

Cart  

No products

£0.00 Shipping
£0.00 Total

Cart Check out

New products

  • Shut it down
  • Natural CausesAn Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer
Shut it down
Stories from a fierce, loving resistance, by Lisa Fithian. Chelsea Green...
Read more
Natural CausesAn Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer
An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves...
Read more
Afro-Vegan
Farm fresh, African, Caribbean, and Southern flavours remixed. By Bryant...
Read more
Radical Belonging
How to survive and thrive in an unjust world (while transforming it for...
Read more
Total random old pamphlet bundle
Grab a bargain surprise bag of old pamphlets - £1 for 5!
Read more
Elephant editions grabbag
Grab bag of pamphlets by Elephant editions and Venomous Butterfly, 3 for £2
Read more
Kersplebedeb pamphlet bundle
Grab bag of pamphlets published by radical publishers Kersplebedeb. Grab...
Read more
Bundle of history pamphlets
Grab bag of pamphlets by Past Tense and Kate Sharpley Library - bargain...
Read more
Bundle of Manifestos
Grab bag of old manifesto publications, 4 for £2!
Read more
See Sharp Pamphlet Bundle
5 pamphlets by See Sharp Press for £4 - grab a bargain!
Read more
Undrowned
Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals. Alexis Pauline Gumbs...
Read more
The world we are fighting for
World War 3 Illustrated, Seth Tobocman (Editor); Peter Kuper (Editor);...
Read more
You don't play with revolution
The Montréal Lectures of C.L.R. James. CLR James and David Austin...
Read more
Re:imagining change
How to use story based strategy, 1st edition, 2010
Read more
Hourriya booklets
Affinity and informal organization, and The unexpected from center to...
Read more
The Alternative to Capitalism
Adam Buick and John Crump, 2013
Read more
Anarchist Studies Vol 25 *1 2017
Anarchist Studies is an inter-disciplinary journal of scholarly research...
Read more
Anarchist Studies Vol 24 Number 2 2016
The latest Anarchist Studies journal features Rojava and Japan
Read more
Roads, Runways and Resistance from the Newbury Bypass to Extinction Rebellion
Roads, Runways and Resistance draws on over 50 interviews with...
Read more
The Politics of Care
From COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter. Edited by Boston Review. Verso 2020
Read more

» All new products