Feminism and the Right

In response to Julie Bindel, who considers the wall erected by the transactivist left but also the risks of an alliance with the right: in Italy, the historical novelty -a right-wing woman premier, Giorgia Meloni- further complicates the picture. What to do then? What is happening in Spain over the horrible Ley Trans perhaps points to a good way forward for everyone

Julie Bindel and Harvey Jeni take the bull by the horns: given that for too long there has been no possibility of dialogue with the left, can radical and gender-critical feminism look to the right without taking risks? This is a theme that we in Italy are well aware of and that agitated the entire election campaign that ended with the landslide victory of a right-wing woman, Giorgia Meloni, who has never declared herself a feminist. The fact that today the right in Italy is [...]

SPAIN: SOCIALISTS AGAINST THE TRANS LEY

Unlike their Italian counterparts from the PD and the left who stand for free gender identity, the Spanish progressives break with the PSOE's transactivist policies in defence of women and children. In their manifesto the excellent arguments against what, if passed, could be the worst transactivist law in the world

Breaking with its party, the PSOE, and sending a signal to the women of the European left, who are generally aligned in defence of transactivist diktatism, the Federación de Mujeres Progresistas launches a courageous manifesto against the Trans Law wanted by the governing majority in Spain (PSOE and Podemos) and being approved by an emergency procedure, without an effective parliamentary debate or a wide public discussion. The initiative also comes in response to the clamorous break between historical Spanish feminism -united in the Contraborrado cartel- [...].

RU486 or abortion pill: myths, misunderstandings and business

Chemical abortion is sold as more free and self-determined, but it is not the solution for everyone: it is longer and more painful than surgery, sometimes less safe, and mostly serves to save the health system money, as the essay by three American feminists explains. Women must be guaranteed the right to be informed and to make an informed choice between the two options: here is a bill to make hospitals work

A few days ago we published 'When abortion matters to men'. In the post we mentioned the various methods of involuntary termination of pregnancy, including the abortion pill RU 486, also known as 'chemical abortion'. Chemical abortion is spoken of as a step forward in self-determination. Younger women in particular can get confused between 'morning-after' contraception (which must be taken within 72 hours of risky intercourse) and the abortion pill, with which pregnancy can be terminated up to the ninth week. [...]

When abortion matters to men

Totally ignored by the right and left in peacetime, the issue of abortion becomes central when men fight for their power. But if there is a 'Marche case' there is also a 'Emilia case', a red region: the same percentages of objection and no abortion pill in the consultatories. We women must not take part in this filthy dispute over our flesh, siding with one or the other supporters.

Women - or rather, so-called 'women's rights' - have been instrumentally thrown into the centre of this horrific election campaign, probably the worst ever. Not the low female employment rate, the gender pay gap, the lack of services that forces us into the living welfare part, violence and feminicide, the machismo of politics and all that we know and experience. The issue of issues is abortion, fished out of the oblivion in which it is normally confined -no party [...]

Perhaps gender identity does not exist

If it is the biologist Anna Fausto-Sterling, the first to speak about it in the 1990s, the inspiration of Judith Butler and the founder of gender theory, who is in doubt, then perhaps we are at a clamorous and definitive turning point. Stop trans laws before it is too late!

If Judith Butler is The Queen of Gender, Anna Fausto-Sterling is its goddess: zoologist, biologist and lecturer in gender studies -now at Brown University- starting from the rare genetic condition of intersexuality in the early 1990s, she was the first to attack the concept of sexual binaryity, arguing that sexuality is a spectrum and that at least five sexes can be identified ('come on, it wasn't a theory, I was being ironic, it was just a provocation' she later said. But in vain). [...]

Trans-Europe: Ireland, UK, Spain, gender laws high on political agendas

While the new British Prime Minister Liz Truss works to block gender self-certification in Scotland, the Iberian government prevents the parliamentary debate on the Ley Trans, which allows sex change even for 12 year olds, to go for approval in a hurry: that is why Spanish feminists break with the left and open dialogue with the Popular Party. Meanwhile in Ireland a professor is arrested for refusing to use fluid language

A teacher at an Irish Christian school, Enoch Burke, was suspended and then arrested for refusing to name a transgender student with a neuter pronoun. Meanwhile, new British PM Liz Truss is reportedly trying to block Scotland's plans to allow self-identification for transgender (self-id) people and has asked lawyers for advice on how to 'pause or prevent' the reforms. Truss, head of the equalities brief as well as a former foreign minister, was instrumental in ruling out [...]

Elizabeth, the last matriarch

The missing queen wielded her power so skilfully that it was invisible. A profound influence that never backfired. Wisdom, an iron sense of duty, pragmatism, emotional control and no narcissism: these are the traits of sovereignty that make her a model of female authority

Gaby Hinsliff for The Guardian Stop all watches. Unplug the phone. For once, the opening lines of WH Auden's poem, Funeral Blues, seem appropriate to the moment. Like it or not, much of public life will come to a halt in the days of mourning as broadcasters suspend their programmes and a state funeral is prepared. However long it may have been predicted, the death of the longest reigning monarch in British history is a moment [...]

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The brutal murder of Alessandra Matteuzzi, hammered to death by her ex-boyfriend, is the perfect representation of every feminicide: the murderer is not someone who loses control, but one who restores it. Her death serves to restore the balance lost as a result of the abandonment. Violence is a function of domination. It's here that one must keep one's gaze to be able to stop it

The killing of Alessandra Matteuzzi, the Bolognese woman murdered by her ex with a hammer and an iron bench, is the plastic and perfect representation of the dynamics of every feminicide. Giovanni Padovani is not crazy, he is not a drop-out, he is a young man in perfect shape, integrated in the world, even a testimonial for campaigns against violence against women. In short, you would never have guessed it. Alessandra is subjected to constant and unprecedented harassment: she has to justify every movement, every breath, [...].
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21 May 2022
Abortion: precisely what do pro-lifers want?
Today in Rome the Demonstration for Life will once again shout no to abortion, pending the Supreme Court ruling that could make it illegal in the USA. But the abolition of law 194 is unthinkable, there is no majority that would support it. What is the question then? What are the real goals of the movement?
Today in Rome the Manifestation for Life will take place. Net of the earthquake that is shaking the world of the so-called pro-lifers (a good report can be found here), today's square is strongly corroborated by the US wind and the fact that within a few weeks the American Supreme Court could confirm with a final ruling the outlawing of the interruption of pregnancy (we have spoken about it here). While respecting everyone's opinions, the position of Italian pro-lifers is [...]
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28 April 2022
Sargentini case: Saviano's deafening silence
Feminist journalist Monica Ricci Sargentini has been threatened with a sanction - three days' suspension - by Corriere della Sera for having shared the spirit of a protest initiative against an article published in Annex Seven in which the Neapolitan writer spoke of regularising 'sex work' as ordinary work. It would be important to know his point of view as a defender of freedom of opinion on the matter. But at the moment there is no sign
We know Roberto Saviano as a defender of freedom of opinion and of the press. This is how he has always presented himself. Not only because of the risks he has taken personally, but also because he has on several occasions defended freedom of thought by taking public positions, explaining that a journalist must 'be able to do his job without being attacked on a personal level, without a climate of threat' and complaining that 'any critical voice knows he can expect retaliation'. In recent days Monica Ricci Sargentini, a journalist [...]
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28 March 2022
Saviano's sister
What would the writer, who calls for the scrapping of the old Merlin law in order to 'regularise' 'sex work', think if the prostitute were a woman dear to him? Does he not know that prostitution is almost only trafficking and that regularisation is a godsend for pimps and mafiosi? Does he not know the abolitionist model already in force in many civilised countries? Does he not know that what he calls "work" is enormous female suffering? Why does he recognise the right of men to rape for payment? Why does he not study and listen to women before speaking? Where does he get such misogyny from?
I was once in a recording studio for a debate on prostitution. Of course it was called -not me- sex work, which made everything more acceptable and modern. There was a well-known, beautiful prostitute from Bologna, a woman who prostituted herself online, and they were talking about 'sexual assistance for invalids'. They were so free and up-to-date, I had been given the task of representing the sad counterbalance to bigoted moralism. It didn't come out well at all, I managed and [...]
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8 March 2022
8 March 2022 - 8 March 2023: Agenda for a year of feminism
Maternity, work, uterus for rent, gender identity, transition of minors, women's health, male violence, prostitution, politics and elections, women in the South, ecological transition: these are the issues we will be working on in the coming months, told in a meeting that you can see here. To take part in the work, write to radfemitaliarfi@gmail.com
Maternity, work, uterus for rent, gender identity, transition of minors, women's health, male violence, prostitution, politics and elections, women in the South, ecological transition. These are some of the issues addressed during the meeting attended by Alessandra Bocchetti, Monica Ricci Sargentini, Veronica Tamborini, Manuela Ulivi, Ilaria Baldini, Luana Zanella, Daniela Dioguardi, Marina Terragni, Assuntina Morresi, Elvira Reale. These are the objectives of the political work of the next few months: if anyone is interested in taking part in this work, choosing one of [...]
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8 January 2022
Prisons, Cartabia reform: respect the rights of trans people without making women pay the price
Possible measures include the establishment of trans wards adjacent to women's sections to avoid violence from men. But space for inclusion cannot be found by asking for a step backwards from female prisoners, who are forced to share cells with males who identify themselves as women. It happens in Canada, in California, in Scotland. And there is already an Italian case
Justice Minister Marta Cartabia has announced that she will commit the month of January to prison reform. Discussions on the text are ongoing. In this press summary the salient points. One of the issues under discussion is the question of transgender prisoners. According to the article 'there is a specific action for anti-discrimination protection for sexual orientation and gender identity. It is proposed to adopt a circular regulating homogeneous sections for transgender or self-declared persons [...].
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30 October 2021
Zan bill: calling a spade a spade
The real name of Zan's bill, blocked a few days ago in the Senate, should have been the bill on gender self-certification and not against homotransphobia. That was the real goal, the self-id, and that is why the law has stalled. Sacrificing the rightful protection of homosexual and transsexual people to the proterity of queer transactivism
A brief comment, after the filing of Zan's bill on homobi-transphobia, intended especially for the non-Italian sisters and friends who ask us to explain; and for those who, among Italians, are still unclear about what happened. More or less a year ago, Zan's bill against homobi-transphobia was approved in the Chamber of Deputies amidst general silence and inattention. At that stage the media completely obscured the debate, while the ongoing Covid wave - in Italy had not yet begun [...].
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28 July 2021
Thieves of children
7 years old, seriously ill, another child forcibly removed from his mother and taken to a foster home. In the name of equal 'bigenitoriality' and law 54 on shared custody, which makes children suffer and diminishes the maternal role. But mother and father are not equivalent. That law must be changed
On the night of 26-27 July, just after St. Anne's Day, the patron saint of mothers and pregnant women, another child was taken from his mother in VIterbo and forced into a family home. He is 7 years old and a special child - he suffers from a severe neurological disease - and his mother took care of him. But protective mothers are judged symbiotic, 'accused' of parental alienation syndrome, misogynistic and unscientific tool [...]
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7 July 2021
Meeting ContraBorrado: LEY TRANS & DDL ZAN
ContraBorrado and RadFem Italia jointly analyse the similarities between the "Ley Trans" in Spain and the Zan bill in Italy.
Live with Ángeles Álvaréz, referent of ContraBorrado and one of the most important representatives of Spanish radical feminism. Together with Marina Terragni and Sara Punzo as interpreter from Spanish to Italian, we analyse the similarities between the so-called "ley trans" and the Zan bill. We explain how pro "gender identity" laws harm minors, statistics and women's rights and protection laws. We look with critical feminist perspective at the position of the Italian left and right political parties [...]
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9 May 2021
Self-certification of gender, uterus for rent: this is what the Zan bill is for. Clear words from the stage in Milan
Marilena Grassadonia -Famiglie Arcobaleno, Sinistra Italiana- made it clear in her speech at the pro-del Zan demonstration: the real objectives are gender self-certification and the right to the uterus for rent. Here is the proposed law on self-id.
Yesterday, from the stage in the square in Milan in support of the Zan law, Marilena Grassadonia - former president of Famiglie Arcobaleno, since a few weeks responsible for national rights and freedoms for anti-discrimination policies of Sinitra Italiana - said that "the Zan law is only the beginning". "The Zan law", he explained, "is a law of perspective that looks to the future". And after the Zan law in the Lgbtq agenda there is "law 40, which leaves behind single women who cannot access [...]
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6 May 2021
Gender identity: there is time in Italy to stop it before it happens
The rise of transgenderism in the UK and the struggle of feminists.
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1 April 2021
Feminism and Zan law
In these hours, the LGBT+ world is mobilising to ask the Senate Justice Commission to schedule the Zan bill against homobitransphobia, misogyny and ableism, which has already been approved by the Chamber of Deputies. Arcilesbica has drawn up a number of proposed amendments, without which, it says, "there is a risk of serious breakdown". These, in brief, are the proposals addressed to the centre-left senators. - in the definitions in art.1, use the clear terms of "sex, gender stereotypes, sexual orientation, transsexuality", instead of the current ambiguities (sex, gender, orientation [...]
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21 March 2021
Turkey withdraws from the Istanbul Convention against male violence. For women, a huge blow
Turkey is abandoning the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention and first ratified (2011) in that country. This was a huge blow for Turkish citizens: almost every day in 2020 a woman died at the hands of a man, not counting the 170 suspicious deaths. The same pace in the first 65 days of 2021, around 70 feminicides. According to [...]
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