Feminist Dinosaur

I've come to understand that radical feminism is considered to be an outdated, old-fashioned movement that has no relevance to today. The patriarchy would say that, wouldn't it?

“Our letters were burned, our names blotted out, our books censored, our love declared unspeakable, our very existence denied”

—   San Francisco Gay History Project, overview flyer from 1979 (via unspeakablevice)

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sarcasticpancakes asked: so I don't get it do you not like trans* women or...?

I don’t like men.  Particularly not ones that pretend to be women.

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peashooter85:

Edith Garrud, the Jujitsu Suffragist,

"Woman is exposed to many perils nowadays, because so many who call themselves ‘men’ are not worthy of that exalted title."

—- Edith Margeret Garrud

Born in 1872, Edith Margaret Garrud was your typical English Victorian/Edwardian Era lady as a lady was to expected to be.  Then in 1899 Edith and her husband William took personal martial arts lessons from Edward Barton-Wright. Barton was an engineer who spent five years in Japan studying martial arts.  He became famous as the inventor of Bartitsu, a popular Victorian Era martial art which combined boxing, cane fighting, and Jujitsu.  Later Garrud studied under the Japanese  Jujitsu master Sadakazu Uyenishi, who started a school in Soho.  When Uyenishi returned to Japan in 1908, Garrud took over his school, becoming the first female martial arts instructor in Western history.  In the early 1900’s Garrud had a prosperous career teaching self defense and choreographing fight scenes for plays and for Britain’s emerging film industry.  However, with the rise of the suffrage movement Garrud would become a legend in women’s history.

The late 19th and early 20th century saw the worldwide rise of the suffrage movement, a movement for women’s rights, specifically the right to vote.  However being a suffragette was not easy.  Often protests and demonstrations were mobbed by violent, angry men who would beat and even club the demonstrating women.  Often the worst violence was committed by the police who were more interested in beating women into submission rather than peacefully enforcing the law.  Many women were badly beaten, or even killed due to the violence.

A passionate suffragist, Garrud decided the women’s movement needed her help.  She began holding special classes for suffragists to teach them methods of self defense and street combat.  She also trained an elite group of 30 women called “The Bodyguard” who were tasked with protecting suffragist leaders in Britain during demonstrations.  A hardcore group of badass ladies, the Jujitsu suffragettes were trained in hand to hand combat, armed with Indian clubs (bowling pins), and wore cardboard armor under their clothing as protection against clubs and truncheons.  

However, Garrud not only specialized in the theory of martial arts, but direct application as she took to the streets with her fellow suffragettes.  Between 1908 and 1914 she was involved in a number of “incidents” in which she was attacked by cops or unruly thugs.  In the battle that ensued she would throw around, joint lock, choke out, and all around beat the crap out of anyone who dared lay a hand on her.  

The Bodyguard was disbanded in 1914, as most suffragists suspended operations to support the war effort. During the war Garrud encouraged women to take jobs in factories formerly held by men (who were off to war) in order to support the country. In 1918 women’s suffrage became the law of Britain with the passing of the Representation of the People Act.  The 19th Amendment also granted women suffrage in the US in 1920.  

Edith Garrud continued her career as a martial arts instructor and physical fitness trainer.  In 1925 Garrud retired from public life and made a very comfortable living speculating in real estate with her husband.  On her 94th birthday she gave one last interview to Woman Magazine, demonstrating some of her joint locking techniques to journalst Godfrey Winn.

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Edith Garrud passed away in 1971 at the age of 99.

heytoyourmamanem:

Since today is Women’s Equality Day, here is one of the black women who participated in the suffrage movement. Mary Eliza Mahoney (May 7, 1845 or April 16, 1845 - January 4, 1926) was the first African American professionally trained nurse in the United States. Mahoney was a pioneer who worked tirelessly to create opportunities for other black women to become nurses and to raise the status of all nurses, regardless of color. She was also an activist for women’s right to vote and is credited as one of the first women to register and vote in Boston, Massachusetts in 1920.
Photo source: Wikimedia

heytoyourmamanem:

Since today is Women’s Equality Day, here is one of the black women who participated in the suffrage movement. Mary Eliza Mahoney (May 7, 1845 or April 16, 1845 - January 4, 1926) was the first African American professionally trained nurse in the United States. Mahoney was a pioneer who worked tirelessly to create opportunities for other black women to become nurses and to raise the status of all nurses, regardless of color. She was also an activist for women’s right to vote and is credited as one of the first women to register and vote in Boston, Massachusetts in 1920.

Photo source: Wikimedia

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

International Women’s Day 2014 - Awami Workers’ Party of Pakistan

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

International Women’s Day 2014 - Awami Workers’ Party of Pakistan

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

March 8 - International Women’s Day
Revolutionary greetings to all comrades and sisters in struggle!

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

March 8 - International Women’s Day

Revolutionary greetings to all comrades and sisters in struggle!

badfem:

truth

badfem:

truth

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Trans sexual assault of homeless women and the sound of crickets

pogoniptrail:

I’ve been angry and upset about the Christopher Hambrook case for several days. I can’t get the specter of homeless women sexually assaulted in shelters out of my mind for very long. This is a watershed event for a number of reasons, one of which is that the transactivist lobby has figured out that this particular rapist, as opposed to all the other criminals they’ve embraced, is not a good one to defend as one of their own. But Hambrook is every bit as trans as Robert “Michelle” Kosileck or Paul “Paula” Witherspoon or Avery Edison or the rest of these exploiters of born-women that transactivists have rallied behind. No more and no less. For transactivists it fits the bill to say that he’s an imposter (and I don’t doubt that some forensic psychiatrists employed by the government did call him out as a fake), but his own lawyer will no doubt find a psychiatrist to diagnose him with gender dysphoria. Hambrook’s history as a stripper and prostitute suggests that he’s been a part of that milieu. Maybe it’s transphobic to wonder if a man in the sex industry might be trans, but he did present at women’s shelters claiming he was a woman. And really, under the law that’s all that’s necessary. And according to left/liberals and libfems that’s all that’s necessary. So why defer and call this one a poseur and not a transgender woman? Because he actually completed what was an assault in anybody’s book? Not just exposing his erect lady penis, which according to liberals we just need to get hip and accept, but an extreme sexual assault on two homeless women, one of them deaf, made possible by gender identity laws pushed by the LGBT organizations.

So here’s what’s disturbing/confusing me. The crickets. All the usual suspects have reported on this. The Toronto Sun broke the story. Gender Identity Watch placed the events in legal context. GenderTrender  connected the dots between this case and some other recent ones involving transgression of sexual boundaries. A few trans critical bloggers, on tumblr, both radfem and trans, have mentioned the incident. I haven’t really seen a comment from transactivists, aside from the Toronto councilwoman who lambasted coverage of the event as “transphobic,” and comments from Zoe Brain under the Sun articles. Nothing from the mainstream media or Huffington Post, though they’re still giving space to Janet Mock et al. This is a very important development. The well intentioned left and the media have been well trained in recognizing what transactivists will object to. And not going there. Censorship by trans has become complete enough that it’s become self-censorship. They don’t even need to cry “bigot”!

I will turn anon back on if anyone wants to point me to anything relevant that I’ve overlooked. (But please, nothing by Zoe Brain!) I’ll be coming back to this in a few weeks.

Here are the links. I’ve been having trouble getting tumblr to insert links for several days now. Anybody know what’s up with that?

Toronto Sun
http://www.torontosun.com/2014/02/15/shocking-case-proves-tobys-law-is-flawed

Gender Identity Watch
http://genderidentitywatch.com/2014/02/16/tobys-law-ontario-human-rights-commission-canada/

GenderTrender
http://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/christopher-jessica-hambrook-serial-rapist-sexually-assaulted-and-terrorized-women-after-being-placed-in-toronto-area-womens-shelters/#comment-30630

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thentheysaidburnher asked: Hey, just in regard to your last post, many radical feminists do believe that men are by nature violent and that rape is a product of both entitlement socialization and their biology. I just posted something by terri strange that goes into that.

evilfeminist:

piscula:

Thats interesting and ill go read the article now.  Thats why i specifically talked about gender abolitionists as opposed to radical feminists.  The idea behind gender abolition is the idea that there is no innate behavior with regards to born sex.  

Radical feminists may disagree in some cases but I feel like that is an innate part of gender abolition (if you believe some gender roles like masculine violence are inherent then the abolition of gender would not be radical enough to overturn the current toxic system, you would also need to eradicate the culture of violence among men, or at least separate yourself from it which is where seperationalists come in)

I am not saying that it is or isn’t innate necessarily, I have yet to form my own opinions on that specifically since it does seem so very widespread (like as much as gender norms culture to culture vary there is always this element of violence it seems but whether that is because violence denotes “alpha” or because violence is innate im not sure)

Terri is great but she is on the cusp of being a biological determinism, which is opposite of radical feminist. 

Biological essentialism is not the same as biological determinism.  The fact that men are innately violent does not therefore mean they have some sort of natural rule over women.  This is plainly visible in nature where most animals live in clans of females with men on the periphery.  Females band together to live apart from males.

Radical Feminism is about understanding the roots of patriarchy and working to dismantle it.  In a world devoid of gender men will still be rapists.

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