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Why Feminism Should Be A Part Of The Occupy Movement

November 21, 2011

Feminism has a lot to offer the Occupy movement and I am very grateful to the Women’s Media Center for asking me to write about this and explain why we started the Occupy Patriarchy website.  Here is an excerpt from my essay which appears in its entirety on their website:

As the clarion call of  Occupy Wall Street has spread throughout the United States and the world, many feminists have greeted the movement with enthusiasm and the hope that it will be a substantial opportunity to advance many of the issues that we have been working on for so many years.  Affordable childcare and unequal paychecks, for example, are most certainly economic issues and reproductive injustice and the commodification of women’s bodies in the sex trafficking and pornography industries have huge economic ramifications.

Put bluntly, the harms experienced by women as a result of global and national economic policies are, in aggregate, different and often far worse than those experienced by men…

…For any real economic justice to be gained for the 99 percent, those issues certainly need to be addressed as an integral part of the Occupy agenda.

Unfortunately, logical as that might be, those who seek to address these topics and insist that they be part of the Occupy agenda are finding themselves confronting many of the same obstacles that women often face outside of the Occupy movement—such issues as safety, sexism, misogynist power structures and a lack of gendered analysis.

Please click here to read the essay in its entirety.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2011 9:27 am

    Please notify me when the feminist group meets, I went to one meeting and it had been changed. I’d like to attend and participate as do others I know.

    • November 21, 2011 9:30 am

      I’m not sure which group in which city you are referring to but you would have to get that from them directly, we aren’t directly organizing meetings at this point.

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