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The choice which radical feminists defend is substantive. We ask what is the actual content or meaning of a choice which grows out of a context of powerlessness. Do such choices as surrogacy foster the empowerment of women as a class and create a better world for women? What kind of choices do women have when subordination, poverty, and degrading work are the options available ‘to most’? The point is not to deny that women are capable of choosing within contexts of powerlessness, but to question how much real power these "choices" have. To paraphrase Marx and apply his words here, women make their own choices, but they often do not make them just as they please. They do not make them under conditions they create but under conditions and constraints that they are often powerless to change. When Marx uttered these thoughts, he was acclaimed for his political insight. When radical feminists say the same, they are blamed for being condescending to women.

Janice G. Raymond - “Sexual and Reproductive Liberalism”

Marxists, please re-discover radical feminism; radfems, please re-discover Historical Materialism.

(via re-interpellated)

Off topic: I don’t understand how one can call themselves a radfem or a female-liberationist and ~not~ analyze how capitalism is oppressive to the female sex (and for that matter, how can you ~not~ take racism/white-supremacy into account as that also oppresses women). Does not compute. Female liberatory praxis must incorporate Marxism and combat capitalism just as we combat the Heteropatriarchy/male-supremacist hegemony and white/Western-supremacy. (via the-uncensored-she)


raptorific:

Swear to god, some guys are terrified that girls are faking common interests to impress them and act really hostile towards anyone they even SUSPECT of doing such a thing

but then they turn around and fake a whole friendship in the hopes of getting sex out of girls, and get mad at them when it doesn’t work

and they super do not see the irony in that


Gaza is not a country, that Israel can be at war with it. It is a tiny strip of land surrounded by Israel from land, sea and air, which is kept from exporting its made goods for the most part, faces severe restrictions on imports, and therefore has had imposed on it a 40% or so unemployment rate. Some 56% of Palestinians in Gaza are food insecure. Gaza is recognized by the international community as an occupied territory, with Israel being the occupying power. If being occupied by Israel were so great, by the way, why is Gaza so badly off?

Gaza: Why a ‘Cease-Fire’ is Not enough (via azspot)


rtamerica:

US pulling out its Cold War-era plans over Ukraine conflict, top commander admits
The United States military’s top commander said during a security summit this week that the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine has prompted the Pentagon to revisit old contingency plans unused since the days of the Cold War.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum that the US Department of Defense has been “looking inside of our own readiness models to look at things we haven’t had to look at for 20 years.” View Larger

rtamerica:

US pulling out its Cold War-era plans over Ukraine conflict, top commander admits

The United States military’s top commander said during a security summit this week that the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine has prompted the Pentagon to revisit old contingency plans unused since the days of the Cold War.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum that the US Department of Defense has been “looking inside of our own readiness models to look at things we haven’t had to look at for 20 years.”


Passages in many of these pieces that essentially boil down to “once I realized I wasn’t entitled to women, I got one, and that saved me” merely entrench the notion that women are prizes for straight men to be won, if only they figure out the magic combination to get in a lady’s pants.

That’s not a message which in any way supports women’s humanity and agency. It still treats us like a sex class. Like prizes. Like property.

Shakesville: On the Geek Guys’ Elliot Rodger Think Pieces (via seriouslyamerica)