Exploring anarcha-feminism: women and class struggle

The Mujeres Libres were an active network of women anarchists who gave women the support they needed to take an active role in the revolution and challenge sexism

Part five in a series looking at anarchism as it relates to feminism, gender equality, and patriarchy. In the Guardian a couple of months back, Carrie Hamilton said that “there is not a feminist on the planet who isn’t outraged at sexual and domestic violence, as well as the overwhelming evidence of the complicity of … Continue reading

Exploring anarcha-feminism: liberty, morality, and economics in the sex industry

Anti-pornography activists protest topless against Google being used to circumvent the prohibition of porn in Ukraine

Part three in a series looking at anarchism as it relates to feminism, gender equality, and patriarchy. Integral to the feminist, particularly anarcha-feminist, outlook is the idea of sexual freedom. In the unpublished Maria: or, The Wrongs of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft made the point strongly that women “had strong sexual desires and that it was … Continue reading

Exploring anarcha-feminism: sex and suffrage

A meeting of the suffragette Womens' Social and Political Union (WSPU). Though branded as "terrorists," the WSPU led a militant fight for an ultimately moderate and reformist goal.

Following on from Exploring anarcha-feminism, the second in a series looking at anarchism as it relates to feminism, gender equality, and patriarchy. In her 1897 essay, The Status of Women, Past, Present and Future, American feminist Susan B Anthony proclaimed that “suffrage is the pivotal right.” This meant, in essence, that “there never will be … Continue reading

Exploring anarcha-feminism

I recently came across this video by anarcha-feminist group No Pretence on YouTube; As the information panel on the video’s page states, it comes from “an intervention” at the Anarchist Movement Conference 09 “by a masked group of women who were pissed off by the patriarchy which is (still) evident within the anarchist movement.” Watching it gave me … Continue reading