Om de zoveel maanden is er een gastvrouw die op haar blog een reeks artikels en blogteksten verzamelt die deel uitmaken van het radicaal-feministische carnaval. Daar vind je scherpe, mooie, leuke, pijnlijke, confronterende of interessante artikels, vaak een combinatie van dit alles…

Het tweeëntwintigste carnaval is te vinden op Genderberg.

Wat wat valt er zoal te lezen? Het heel  interessante – en lange – artikel van D. A. Clarke is nu beschikbaar online. Ze analyseert de effecten van het neoliberalisme op de slavenhandel en verkoop van vrouwen en de manier waarop neoliberalisme de stemmen van feministes hiertegen het zwijgen oplegt:

“Over the last few decades, pornography and prostitution have become more and more socially acceptable, more ‘mainstreamed’. We are generally told that this process is a positive sign of the liberalization of society, a movement away from restrictive social norms associated with the Fifties and earlier decades. The acceptability of pornography and pimping is tied closely in the public mind with tolerance for lesbians and gays, improved sex education, improved access to birth control technologies, etc. We are told it is a package deal.”

“In this set of interlocking essays I will suggest that over the last three decades an ideological barrier — perhaps a much more perdurable one than even the traditional hurdles of male privilege, right-wing misogyny, and liberal smugness — has been raised with the intent to silence discourse about social justice in general. The ideology of neoliberal economics (also known as ‘globalisation’ or ‘global capitalism’ or the ‘New World Order’) has created a new intellectual, cultural and media milieu in which it’s virtually impossible for feminists to create any serious social dialogue about the meaning and implications of the traffic in women and girls. I will suggest that in order to renew a meaningful critique of the commodification of women and girls, we must rediscover a critique of commodification itself — of neoliberal economics in general, of global capitalism, and of the ‘consumer model’ of politics, life, and reality itself which is now firmly enthroned in academia, government, and business circles.”
Prostitution for everyone: Feminism, globalisation, and the ‘sex’ industry’

Nog een interessante  tekst van Rebecca Whisnant:

“To hear some people tell it, young women today are just so over all those boring, second-wave, “victim feminist” issues like rape, harassment, and battering: they’ve been there, done that, and are chomping at the bit for new, exciting, post-modern analyses. Have radical feminists become bitter, obsolete old curmudgeons, sitting on the campus quad and railing pointlessly at the carefree, post-feminist, non-victim young women passing by?”

“Empowerment is not just a feeling. To get power, you have to take it, and that means you need to try to understand where it is and who has it and how they use it; and you would also do well to have some positive vision of what you would do with power if you had it. This is heady and complicated stuff. It can’t be glossed over in a chatroom or on a talk show. It takes time, and effort, and dedication to doing something difficult. That’s why it is so important to keep teaching radical feminism—real feminism—in universities.”

Beyond Multiple Choice

Dat alles en nog veel meer, op Genderberg. Allen daarheen!