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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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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24 March 2022
Supreme Court: refugee status for a trafficking victim
Previous judgments that attributed tacit consent to the prostituted woman have been overturned: this must be excluded when there is physical and psychological violence. Even if translated into the neutral language of law, women's work opens up new avenues
The Court of Cassation's judgement 676/2022 recognised the refugee status of a woman who was a victim of trafficking (and a prostitute). In the third level of judgement, the system of the previous judgements was overturned, which had attributed to the woman a tacit consent to the exercise of prostitution, therefore the inexistence of the state of necessity that preludes the granting of refugee status (temporary, it should be noted). In fact, it is said that consent cannot be considered as such in a condition of physical and psychological violence inherent in [...].
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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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30 November 2021
Selling sex is dangerous. And pretending it's just another job increases the risk.
Prostitution causes suffering, mental distress, drug addiction and disease. And 'regulation' only fuels exploitation and trafficking. Two strong arguments against the normalisation of so-called "sex work", supported by a misogynist and right-wing left and liberal feminism
On Saturday 27th at the Milan protest against violence against women - see opening image - among many other things we said: it is really difficult to understand how a feminism can exist that fights for the dismantling of the Merlin law and for the decriminalisation of exploitation, as well as for the regulation of so-called 'sex work'. Why does it do this? And for whom? And they know it, the thousands of girls participating in the marches of Non Una di Meno, who are also demonstrating [...]
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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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28 March 2021
Prostitution affects everyone: conference promoted by Evangelical Women and the Interfaith Observatory
Prostitution, a system of reducing women to merchandise, affects all parts of society, including religious bodies. It is with this in mind that the FDEI (Federation of Evangelical Women) and the Interreligious Observatory against Violence against Women, made up of Catholics, Evangelicals, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus, have organised meetings on the subject with a decidedly abolitionist slant. Here is a report. At the first meeting, 18 March, introduced by the presidents of OVID Paola Cavallari and Gabriela Lio of FDEI entitled: "Prostitution and [...]
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22 March 2021
Carmen Calvo, brave vice-premier of Spain. After the rejection of the Ley Trans, she is now thinking of an anti-prostitution law.
The Spanish vice-premier Carmen Calvo -Psoe- does not let herself be conditioned or intimidated by the trans-feminist mainstream (which tries to intimidate her in every way, see here). And in addition to opposing the Ley Trans strongly desired by her government colleague, the minister of Igualdad Irene Montero (Podemos) - a law which is compactly opposed by Spanish feminism - she now announces a law against prostitution. That Calvo is an inspiration for the policies of the Italian left, particularly those that support free "sex work" and [...]
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17 March 2021
Evangelical Christians discuss prostitution: undoing any ambiguity in judgement
"We women of the FDEI (Federation of Italian Evangelical Women) committee feel the need and urgency to question ourselves, because faith communities tend not to express themselves on the roots of the prostitution phenomenon within our faiths. Or, if they do, they sometimes follow an interpretative line that denounces the sin, but without making sexuality and male privilege responsible for the sexual slavery of women involved in prostitution and not only in trafficking". Thus the letter sent to the churches of the Federation [...]
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17 March 2021
Lesbian' prostitution: 'comfort women' for depressed women in Tokyo
In the Japan of 2020, women's bodies are still a kind of comfort that can be bought and consumed when needed. "Comfort women" first for the Japanese army, then for allies, then for employees on company outings, and now for other women as well. It is the so-called "lesbian prostitution" (lesbian fūzoku). This is not prostitution within the lesbian community, but an attempt to expand the prostitution "market" to women. A [...]
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