“feminism is in fact anarchist in its sensibilities”

In our 2014 special issue on ‘revolutions’, Bice Maiguashca explores the conceptual and political convergences between anarchism and feminism, making a case for “a more integrated, mutually collaborative feminist anarchist revolutionary politics”. Read on for two short extracts and follow this link to read the full article.

fr106“…I want to argue that, in the context of the [global justice movement], anarchism is more compatible with feminism than is often acknowledged in the theory and practice of this ‘movement of movements’ and that the considerable synergies between feminist notions of social justice and social change and anarchist conceptions of revolution merit far more attention than they currently receive. In other words, following Farrow (1988), I claim that feminism is in fact anarchist in its sensibilities.

…[T]he synergies between the agenda of anarchists and feminists within the [global justice movement] are strong. They share a common enemy in the form of capitalism, patriarchy and racism understood as global systems of power, which are structural and pervasive in nature. They also have a common goal to the extent that they both seek to bring about comprehensive, radical transformation of the current social order in line with the principles of equality, self-determination and diversity. Moreover, given their mutual concern with ‘internalised oppression’, both camps see individual personal transformation as the sine qua non of revolutionary change, a move that distinguishes them from Marxist narratives of radical change. Finally, despite their differing views of the role that the state can play in bringing about progressive change, they both see it as a vehicle of oppressive power relations that has to be challenged.”

Maiguashca, B. (2014). “‘they’re talkin’ bout a revolution’: feminism, anarchism and the politics of social change in the global justice movement”, issue 106, 78–94.

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