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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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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11 January 2022
Sexual assault on New Year's Eve in Milan: wrong to keep silent about the origins of the attackers
Overlooking the fact that they were young North Africans prevents a clear reading of what happened. And it exercises the correctness of reception in the skin of women. The parallel with the events in Cologne in 2016 and the opinion of German feminist Alice Schwartzer
A few days ago, five girls on the train returning from Gardaland were sexually and verbally assaulted by a pack of at least thirty young men of North African origin (the story here). A dynamic very similar to the events of New Year's Eve 2021 in Milan (and New Year's Eve 2016 in Cologne). The things to be said are always the same, and we repeat them for you. It is no longer possible, out of correctness, to pretend that the problem does not exist. Women are not [...]
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5 December 2021
Violence against women: new legislation
Electronic bracelet, immediate arrest of the suspect, economic support to victims: these are the main innovations of the new law to combat and prevent violence against women. Perhaps it will reduce the damage. But without a change in civilisation, without an end to male domination, the phenomenon can only be curbed.
On 3 December, the Council of Ministers gave the green light to the draft law 'for the prevention and combat of violence against women and domestic violence'. We can only welcome this new legislation with interest, albeit with some possible critical reservations - for example, the important discussion of years ago on ex officio prosecution should be recalled. So we welcome this step forward in the law, with the bitterness of knowing that it will be neither the tightening of penalties [...].
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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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2 June 2021
1946, Italians vote: except for "wandering" prostitutes and cloistered nuns
The first female vote was not in the referendum of 2 June, as many believe, but in the local elections of 10 March 1946, with a turnout of 89 per cent. But it was not a first for all
To women "???????? ????????????????????????????????" vote for the first time in Italy ???????? ???????????????????? ???????????? ????????????????, and not on 2 June as many people think, for local elections, the first ballot boxes in Italy ???? after the ???????????????? of ???????????????????????????? ???????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????? in the country liberated from fascism and ???????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????. Only ???????? ???????????????? ???????? the Italians could ???????????????????????? and ???????????????????????? ????????????????????????. The first call for women's suffrage was from the Women's Vote Commission of ????????????, the Italian Women's Union, which was set up to [...].
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