Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Draft statement of unity


We are:
  • Women born female who survived girlhood.
  • Women of all races and ages, lesbian, straight, bi, celibate, androgynous, butch, femme, married, single
  • Holding women's space for healing, mutual aid, leadership, and organizing to fight male domination
  • Taking action with indigenous women and women of colour against white supremacist patriarchy. 
  • Opposed to the culture of male violence against women, including pornography and prostitution.

Code of conduct:
  • We are here for solidarity, peer support, and collective action for women and against male violence. 
  • We strive to eliminate male supremacy, racism, imperialism, classism, and other forms of domination and exploitation from our personal lives and communities
  • We pledge to listen more than we talk, treat each other with respect, set aside our differences, and seek areas of consensus rather than conflict.
  • This is a private group based on mutual trust: we will not “out” each other or disclose personal/political details outside of this group.

What is radical feminism?
  • Class analysis for the liberation of women. We seek to overthrow this culture that designates females as the sex class, that grooms us to be breeders, rape victims, prostitutes, and sex objects, and exploits us because of our biology.
  • Collective action against patriarchy.
  • We directly confront the crisis of male violence against women. We name the problem and the perpetrators.
  • We have the right to organize separately from men: those who were born male and benefit from patriarchy.
  • We recognize that gender is a set of socially-constructed sex stereotypes designed to subjugate women.
  • We are taking back our space, our voices, and our strength as women.

Radical feminism is not liberal
  • Our end goal is revolution, not reform.
  • It's not about equality. We want to free women from a violent and coercive system, not join forces with those who oppress us.
  • It's about radical feminists, not about the ones who hate us and challenge our right to exist on our own terms.
  • Individualism, identity politics, “fun feminism,” and consumerism do not change the material conditions of women worldwide.
  • Gender for most women is not a matter of choice. Switching genders and inventing new ones does not change the material conditions of women worldwide.
  • Men, those who were born male and benefit from patriarchy, have no say in defining women and feminism.