sábado, mayo 05, 2012

From Paris (by Elsa Dorlin)



We feminists,

We citizens and indigenous, migrants and natives, from the bourgeoisie and from the working class, workers and unemployed, nationals and naturalized, europeans and foreigners, activists and academics: daughters, mothers, post-menopausal, aborted or on hormones, blacks, whites, gypsies, arabs, muslims, jews or christians, believers, infidels, veiled, unveiled, reveiled, sexy, fat, anorexic, able-bodied or not, straight, trans dykes, queers, moral, immoral, amoral, victims, whores, spared or enraged…

We, feminists, daughters of Olympe de Gouges, the half socialite beheaded for declaring our rights, of Solitude, beheaded mulatto in Pointe à Pitre for rising against the restoration of slavery, of Mary Wollstonecraft and her authentically universalist philosophy, of the slave Sojourner Truth, fighter for the freedom of all women, whatever their color, of Flora Tristan who defended the “necessity to welcome foreign women”, of Fatma N’Soumer, algerian fighter who took up arms against the colonial army, of Louise Michel who, with no hesitation, sided with the Kanaks against her country’s colonizers, of Olga Bancic the invisible fighter of the Manouchian Group beheaded by the Nazis, of the 230 activists, members of the Resistance, of the convoy of January 24, 1943, who started singing the Marseillaise while going through the gates of Birkenau,… We, daughters, granddaughters of the MLF and the FHAR; daughters of Audre Lorde, poet, lesbian, caribbean, tracking down racism, sexism and homophobia even within feminist movements and anti-racist mobilizations…

Daughters of Virginia Woolf, we denounce with her the nationalist propaganda that takes women hostage and pretends to defends them while their fundamental rights are being flouted: “As a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.”
Our genealogy doesn’t know any shadow zones: we represent this internationalist and anti-fascist feminist tradition that historically fought against the nationalist and colonialist instrumentalization of women’s rights and that has always proclaimed equality for all, whatever our conditions, our identity papers, our sexualities, our religions…

We declare that we will do anything for this country to get rid of the outgoing President. We call everyone to do so and to stand against fascism as it is spreading in France and Europe.
It is time that we gather and fight those politics that systematically destroy our political community, our rights, our democratic freedoms, social link and solidarity, and dare to do so in our name. It is time for another feminism to speak out: we, feminists, refuse, with the strongest determination, “women’s rights”, “homosexuals’ rights” or “sex equality” to serve neo-colonial and freedom restricting ideologies and practices.

We refuse to be party to dispositives that create the conditions of the omnipotence of neoliberal capitalism, of the promotion of a paternalist moral of “tolerance”, of the reduction of the political to border and police order maintenance, of recording informations, of the surveillance and criminalization of “foreigners”, pauperized populations as well as unionists and the social movement. We revolt against this society that let its own citizens die freezing and starving in the streets while pretending it cannot accommodate “all the poverty in the world” ; we condemn attacks on public services, especially regarding health, education, research and proximity that constitute the necessary material conditions to real equality.

Obscure object of desire, the support of 6 million French voters to a fascistic culture is the object of an active solicitation. Front National scores are like a mandate to keep us in the minority, to feed us with stupid populist representations and simplistic hate promoting reasoning; civil society is now no more than a divided and frightened consumption society. This escalation has to stop… As for us, we won’t let this nationalist front take over feminism to make it the standard of “Occident” ever again. We won’t let a party, no matter the sex of its leader, divide us with impunity. We fight against the great confinement in a fortress Europe that transforms the historical fight for our rights and for our liberties on our bodies and lives into a value of “western civilization” and an islamophobic integration criteria… What about “We”? What about “our” rights? What about those million women living below the poverty threshold or assigned to domestic work? What about real sex equality and real sexual equality?... How do we fight heterosexism in our society: a society that maintains wage discriminations as much as it maintains the lawfulness of insults and the impunity of violence? What means are we given to build up an emancipator sex education and to have a real access to reproductive or non-reproductive sexual rights for all (maintenance of abortions clinics, valorization and diffusion of medical gynecology, free birth control, access to MAP without discrimination)?
As feminists, how not demand the abrogation of laws criminalizing women because of their religion, the multiplication of feminist collective day care, the reform of school books and the development of women’s history, postcolonial studies and the notion of “gender” in every discipline, the eradication of publicities and toys promoting compulsory heterosexuality, the full recognition of prostitutes social rights?...

What are we pretending to teach the world and what is the history we want to be the heirESSEs to? Today, we call for a vote to the candidate who is still able to stop the neoconservative project of an amnesiac Europe and stop those degrading extreme right’s politics as well as rightward drifts of parties in government from here or there. This call doesn’t give a mandate to M. Hollande nor does it mean we agree to his economic and social program: our votes are a promise that carries the tumult of past fights, a promise to this memory of struggles, a commitment to the future. If we win this time, we don’t forget that fascists are back in Europe; a torn down and desolated Europe that is so because of decades of aggressive neoliberalism. Faithful to Virginia Woolf and her feminist pamphlet Three Guineas (expurgated from her “complete” works recently published in La Pléiade), we claim that from now on, whoever tries to instrumentalize us pretending to defend women’s rights under cover of progress, national identity or defense of european borders – will find on his way the Feminist International we are wishing for.

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Antropóloga à la dérive dijo...

merci

Miss Violence dijo...

Mercia a toi, cherie, por compartilo!
Muack, hasta tus mañanas parisinas.