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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1 April 2022
Generation Porn
A young woman tells how the consumption of pornography has influenced her sexuality and relationships, distancing her from the truth of her body. Convinced to believe that "porn is sex and sex is porn", her only desire is to please and look cool, accepting male violence as normal.
As in second-wave feminism, the issue of sexuality has returned to the forefront of girls' minds. Intensely practised in the 1970s, that territory was later abandoned in order to invest energies in other themes, first and foremost that of work. In the meantime, pornography has spread, especially since the birth of the web, reaching unimaginable levels of diffusion, heavily influencing the free search for pleasure of girls and adolescents. If for males the models borrowed from consumed pornography [...]
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31 March 2022
Carol, killed 5 times
The murderer, the mass media, a comedian: the overkill on Carol Maltesi's body was general. A mass BSDM game, a supplementary spectacle of the dead being torn to pieces. A snuff movie from life. After all, she was a porn star. She had it coming.
Carol Maltesi, the young woman brutally murdered and hacked to pieces by banker Davide Fontana, was killed five times. The first time, by the pornography industry -online and then also live shows- from which the girl had been captured during the lockdown to be able to provide for herself and her son, whom she had given birth to when she was just 20 years old. The second time by her tormentor, for whom we are looking for -as usual- reasons: he killed her [...].
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11 February 2022
UK: Stop online pornography for girls and boys
The British government will force users of pornographic sites to prove their age by means of a credit card or other proof of age in order to gain access. The aim is to prevent children and adolescents from viewing increasingly violent and sexually deviant content. Billie Eilish's courageous denunciation sets the standard
The UK government plans to force users of online pornography sites to prove their age by credit card or other proof of age in order to gain access, to prevent children and teenagers from viewing such content. Sites could be blocked in the UK or fined millions of pounds if they do not comply with the new rules. Opponents have objected that the innovation could be used to track users' pornographic habits, but the government has assured [...]
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16 September 2021
PORN REPENTANTS
Young men are increasingly aware of the dangers of pornography: addiction, erectile dysfunction, difficulties in real relationships. After the surge in consumption during the Lockdown, services to stop pornography are booming in the UK: from psychotherapy to apps that block sexual content. But addiction starts at a very young age
Men who say no more to porn: apps and psychotherapy to help them Young men increasingly aware of the dangers of pornography. After the surge in porn consumption during the Lockdown, services to help men stop using porn are booming in the UK: from psychotherapy to apps that block sexual content. But addiction starts at a very young age During the Lockdown, pornography consumption surged: in March 2020, the website Pornhub, for example, recorded a sudden increase in traffic of more than 20%. [...]
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23 August 2021
Pornographers without our knowledge
It is called deepfake pornography: artificial intelligence that uses photographs of any woman to create obscene images that are not real but are increasingly realistic. A dangerous evolution of revenge porn, it puts everyone at risk of being exposed on the web for the purposes of harassment, revenge or blackmail.
In 2019, Italy passed a law punishing the crime of revenge porn (the dissemination of sexual images of a woman by her ex-partner on the internet), but the web has brought an even more dangerous weapon against women: sites that give the possibility to create fake revenge porn, i.e. fake pornographic images, photos or videos, from a common photo. Recently the Anglo-Saxon media have reported on a site - which we do not name - on [...].
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27 May 2021
The evil that pornography does
Paper Unicef downplays the negative effects of pornography on children. But many studies show the harmful impact of porn on the individual and his or her relational and sexual life. Not to mention the horrific condition of porn actresses
What impact does pornography have on the viewer? Is it really just entertainment and fantasies to facilitate and 'enrich' masturbation, as defined by an increasing number of men, women and teenagers?
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8 May 2021
8 May - 3rd March for the abolition of prostitution, pornography, reproductive exploitation of women and sex roles
The third edition of the March organised by Mujeres por la Abolición together with a hundred Spanish feminist groups and 12 other nationalities will be held today in virtual form. From 4pm live on Instagram by @radfem_italia
More than 90 feminist organisations from Spain and 12 countries have co-organised the 3rd Abolitionist March to be held this Saturday 8 May. It is promoted and organised since 2019 by Mujeres por la Abolición -Women for Abolition-, calls for the abolition of prostitution, pornography and reproductive exploitation (uterus for rent). The first edition took place in presence, in the neighbourhoods most affected by prostitution in Barcelona, with the collaboration of French comrades and the survivor Rosen Hicher. A historic day that has [...]
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19 March 2021
Milwaukee, USA: juvenile judge - and promoter of drag shows for children - investigated for paedophilia
Milwaukee County Juvenile Court Judge Brett Blomme, backed by the LGBTQ+ Victory Fund for his nomination, has been arrested on seven counts of possession of child pornography. Brett Blomme, 37, is also the former president of the Cream City Foundation, an LGBTQ+ organisation known for promoting Drag Queen Story Hour, events in which men dressed up in women's clothing read fairy tales to children (there are also some in Italy, here an event sponsored by the [...]
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