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, [...].

A POLITICAL HORIZON COMMON TO WOMEN OF ALL PARTIES

In the sign of Carla Lonzi forty years after her death: women voters and activists from all parties unite in the gift of a common 'unexpected programme', a horizon for a change of civilisation

"Will women always be divided from one another? Will they never form a single body?" (Olympe de Gouges, 1791) On the 40th anniversary of Carla Lonzi's death. We are women who vote for every political party. We live in every part of the country. We belong to every social condition. We are mothers and non-mothers. We have a faith, or we are agnostics, or atheists. We are held together by being women and the knowledge that what is good for a woman and her daughters/daughters is good [...]
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24 August 2021
Italian Taliban
4 feminicides in 24 hours: Taliban not only in Afghanistan. Everywhere in the world one sex oppresses the other, and violence is a function of domination. Let us not think of the Afghan sisters in terms of 'us' and 'them'. The struggle for women's freedom is one
4 feminicides in 24 hours. Four women killed by men close to them - husbands, fathers, boyfriends, ex- because they were women. A mother and a daughter in Carpiano, near Milan. A wife in the province of Bologna. A girl killed by her ex-boyfriend in Aci Trezza, in the province of Catania. The chronicle details are useless if not to confirm, once again, the ineffectiveness of the protection measures: the dismissed do not go away, the denounced on the loose are enraged, the alarms launched by the [...].
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9 August 2021
Zan bill: the misogynistic hatred of those who want an anti-hate law
A very powerful, fierce, atavistic feeling, says feminist Anna Bonforte Papale. She has been bullied and insulted for days just for mentioning a Constitutional Court ruling against self-certification of gender in a debate. We have all experienced this. Zan is not yet law -if it ever will be- but censorship is already underway. And it is above all women who must keep silent
What is happening to feminist Anna Bonforte Papale (whose FB post we republish almost in its entirety) has happened to many of us many times. In this case, Bonforte has been the object of misogynistic bullying for days simply for having reported during a debate on the Zan bill (in the photo, Bonforte on the right) the passage of a Constitutional Court ruling, the 180/2017, which states: "it should be excluded that the only voluntary element can have priority or exclusive importance for the [...]
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16 June 2021
Stop European funds for artificial womb. A petition
Funded with European funds, almost 3 million euros, a research project in which the Politecnico di Milano is also involved. The stated aim is to save premature babies. But the real goal is the biobag for human gestation
European research into the development of the so-called ARTIFICIAL Womb is under way under the leadership of the University of Eindhoven (Netherlands). Project coordinator Prof. Guid Oei (Eindhoven University of Technology) said in a press release: "Our goal is to help very premature babies survive the critical period of 24-28 weeks with our artificial uterus... If a foetus develops in an artificial womb, its chances of survival increase day by day. If we are in [...]
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1 June 2021
In the Zan bill an additional weapon for violent men
The law is also against 'misandry', Zan keeps repeating, using a term invented by violent males. There is a serious risk for women: if PAS is not enough, they will find themselves accused by their ex-boyfriends and their lawyers of a new false crime.
Feminism's criticism of the Zan bill, in addition to the central issue of gender identity, also includes the inclusion of misogyny among the behaviours that can be sanctioned as hate crimes. The term 'misogyny' does not appear in the text, but that of 'sex'. To be precise, it speaks of 'Measures to prevent and combat discrimination and violence on grounds of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability'. Those who have closely followed the drafting of the text will know [...]
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29 April 2021
Feminist criticism of the Zan bill
In this webinar, we explain in detail the Zan bill against homobi-transphobia, whose contents are not sufficiently known, and present our critical arguments. Enjoy listening
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12 April 2021
Zan: his law is also against "misandry" (video)
Beastly Sunday. After learning that ILGA, the largest LGBT network in the world (1614 associations in 158 countries, including Italy) in a statement defined as abusively "feminist" requires the lowering of the age of sexual consent for minors (see here), we had to hear Mr Zan say that his bill against homobitransphobia etc. is also "against misandry", a term that has no counterpart in reality and that is part of the paraphernalia of violent misogynists organized. This is how it went. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Seguendo […]
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6 April 2021
Letter from a young feminist to Zan and the PD
By all means (social media, email), we tried to talk to Alessandro Zan, the first signatory of the bill on homobi-transphobia, misogyny and ableism, which has already been approved by the Chamber of Deputies and is waiting to be examined by the Senate. We invited him to take part in a Zoom debate to present our reasons and listen to his. We offered him interviews to be published in the daily press. Zan has never given the slightest hint of a response, and this is quite serious for an elected parliamentarian who, in order to legislate [...]
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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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15 March 2021
Sarah Everhard case: more and more women killed by men, but liberal feminism thinks of male and trans rights
Never as much as in these days Italian women should feel close to British women: the feminicide of Sarah Everard, 33 years old kidnapped and killed for whose death a policeman, Wayne Couzens, has already been arrested, has made the vase of oppression, abuse and male violence against women and girls of all ages overflow (the number of feminicides in the UK is similar to the Italian one: on average a woman killed because she is a woman every three days). The remains [...]
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15 February 2021
Feminophobia: new word, old fear
One of the achievements of women in recent years is to have finally obtained that the violence against them, which we see and are sadly told in the news every day, that of their murder by partners, husbands, fathers and brothers, was recognised by the name of feminicide. The feminicide is born precisely from the cultural idea all male, but of which they have convinced us since time immemorial, that the woman is nothing more than a female (etymology: [...]).
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29 December 2020
Why Italian feminism does not support the Zan law against homotransfobia
We feminists note that we have succeeded in making it clear that the expression "gender identity" is not admissible, as is also shown by the request of the Committee for Legislation made to the House Committee on Justice (and ignored). We now expect the debate in the Senate to go in the direction we have indicated: to replace the concept of "gender identity" with a clearer and more unequivocal "transsexuality".NO TO "GENDER IDENTITY "All over the world "gender identity" is brandished as a weapon against women. Gender identity [...]
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