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Notícies :: globalització neoliberal : sexualitats : dones
Gènere i lluites antipatriarcals al pge (people's global action) del 19 d'agost al 3 de setembre a França
04 ago 2006
Submitted by admin on Sun, 2006-06-04 14:32.

This topic will be treated in the decentralised gathering in Lyon.
Why a focus on queer feminism?

Since 2002 Leiden Conference, there have always been attempts to discuss gender-oriented issues, male domination and heterosexism at AGPâs meetings in Europe. In Belgrade, in 2004, the discussion was fiercely resisted, but
aroused also desire and enthusiasm among participants. Thatâs why the organizers of the conference agreed to implement âa focus on the fight against patriarchy and heterosexismâ? in one of the cities which will serve as platforms during the decentralized part. On the one hand, we wanted to add a focus, but on the other one, we wanted as well this issue to be part of the whole thematic.

We are really decided to insist: this topic can not be ignored.

According to us, who prepared the focus, this is not a subject we have to takeâapartâ?, only meant for specialists. On the contrary, this subject concerns everybody, eager to live in completely different world.

If we tackle seriously feminist and queer criticisms, the definition of âpoliticsâ? will be greatly changed, and its perspectives will be broadened. We always come out with classical, patriarchal definitions which used to de-politicize and to de-historicize subjects, like the body, the relational, the emotional, housework and sexuality...

Actually, we think no real antiCapitalism and no real antiState can be possible if we donât radically criticize gender relations and sexuality in the first place.

At the conference that will be held in Lyon, we would like to create a space meant for thinking crossgenders, sexualities, racisms, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, capitalism, the State and the nation...
What (Pro) Feminisms?

We want to focus on the approaches which take into account feminist and queer criticisms on identity. This is not only the problem that everybody reasons in terms of stereotypes and gender-oriented distributions of parts, but as well that some groups dominate on other groups, with the same and acute mechanisms. We wonât fall into the trap: we wonât talk about people âoppressedâ?, people âvictimsâ? of their own compliance to the domination system. They are not passive, powerless victims, we wonât hush they have a relative autonomy. WE aim at creating a space for people who feel concerned, giving everybody the possibility to jeopardize our own social position, often regarded as âleadingâ? (as we are activists) and our complex network of contradictory relations of domination. First, we have
to understand who we are before examining the projections (positive or negative) we perceive in unknown people.

* The Feminism and its Links to the Industrial Society
o âThe New Technologies: Emancipation... or Oppression and Control? Lately, the feminist approaches have often been criticized, on a harsh anti-industrial basis. Their approaches were seen as secondary, even harmful because they jeopardized an order seen as ânaturalâ? and therefore salutary... comparing to the on going disaster. We think it could be interesting discuss issues such as: why there is a craze for neo-antifeminism, without forgetting the emancipation dimension (true or not) the new technologies contribute to, and criticisms as well of what the new technologies represent today, and the impacts they have on the society which produces them. Different cultural approaches are welcome! It has as well been suggested that people interested should gather documents on the subject.
* Feminism and Racism
o Projection of the movie entitled âun racisme à peine voileâ? by Jerome Host. Actually, it could be interesting, if we could find and put together cross gender or womenâs groups from not western cultures â may they only exist, or have played important parts for years. Precise propositions have already been made for this subject. Since a few years, the feminist movement appeared divided on that subject, thatâs why it would be better
to work on that, and not only between western activists.
o Work towards linking different topics together. For example, the implementation of machismo and homophobia against âthe othersâ? just to secure racist discourse.
* Self-defense workshops for people, members of a community often subjected to violence (women, lesbians, cross gender people)
* Contact-improvisation workshops: towards an alternative body practice?
* Space for speaking about mono-normativity, hetero-normativity, gender-normativity...
* Feminist info kiosk
* Tune in the radio Programs âDégénéréE- lâémission pour dérangerâ?...

This is only a small part of the whole content of the conference. Here follows a list of topics suggested (the list, of course, is not exhaustive).

* Gender, precarity, migration
* Racism, westernalism, sexism
* Feminist movements and history
* Learning from âBlackâ? or âthird worldâ? feminisms
* Solidarity behind checkpoints
* Economical/ emotional/ sexual work, exchange and exploitation
* Genders and love, sex and emotional relationships
* Cross gender policy
* The genesis of identities, queer think
* Anti-Semitism and gender
* Feminisms and ways of life
* Criticism on the idea of nature
* Body-related norms, the body and politics

This meeting will be based on the propositions and the experiences every body can bring. Do not hesitate to pop in.

Contact the group responsible for the organization at: stamp-feminisms ARROBA

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