Saturday, 10 May 2008

Mayday Demonstrations

I went to the traditional mayday march last week through London. It was of course mainly a socialist event, but there was quite a large anarchist contingent. My children and I took our place behind the anarchist flags. There was a lot of police at the march anyway, but the anarchist bloc had its very own police attendants, photographing and taking notes on us the length of the march. They literally followed us the whole way to Trafalgar square. Why are we singled out for this special attention? Is it because the police have a lot to lose should anarchy become a reality? Is it because of the perception that anarchists are nothing but violent troublemakers or do they just want to hang out with us? I dont know but I like to think its because our ideals pose a serious challenge to the status quo in this country and therefore their jobs, and their special attention to us affirms this for me. They probably hope that their prescence will put us off, but all it does is make me laugh.

Monday, 21 April 2008

Feminism is the answer

I have for a long time considered myself a feminist and have for even longer been aware of sexism against women. However over the past few years I have become increasingly aware of the prevalence of misogyny in society and gone deeper and deeper into my feminism. I have gone from just being aware of some of the issues to being unable to open my eyes without seeing / experiencing gender oppression in all its forms. I have gone through liberal feminism to socialist feminism, eco-feminism to radical feminism and now find myself an anarcha-feminist.
I have found, like all other feminists, that once you become aware of patriarchy, capitalism and all its manifestations, it is impossible to close your eyes to it. Sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, ableism, classism, ageism, etc, is rampant and I want to do something about it. I seek to challenge all the power hierarchies that oppress and manipulate us all, but especially those caused by hetero-patriarchal capitalist society.
Become active in feminism is bitter sweet; sweet because of the friendships made, the joy of actually doing something instaed of just complaining and the solidarity felt being around like minded people; bitter because it often feels like an impossible task, like there are so many barriers in the way, and the awareness of how deep these problems run.
Revolution is the answer, Feminism is the answer and this blog will be one of the many ways in which I attept to challenge the status quo and bring about true change.