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Feminism 101

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As a part of the Education Committee’s programme for 2017, the Women’s Caucus general meeting on Sept 18 featured a teach-in entitled “Feminism 101” presented by Beatrix Newsome and Kate Van Dermark with consultation from Jen Brock. The teach-in began with a summary of each of the three waves of feminism and a review of the thematic concepts in each wave. Several pertinent acts of legislation were pinpointed to demonstrate the elevation of the status of women over the last 300 years.

A presentation with common gender studies terms scrolled in the background (see below) to provide the group with a working knowledge of feminist jargon. This was interspersed with inspiring quotes from famous women and feminists from Sojourner Truth and Mae Jemison to Gloria Steinem and Gloria Anzaldúa. It also included word cloud brainstorming session of what being a feminist means to each of the women present, and a discussion of current feminist discourse seeking the group’s deliberation on issues being asked in the movement today, such as:

  • Is a fourth wave emerging and what does that entail?
  • Should the movement consider rebranding away from the “F” word, and what may be problematic about that?
  • How can we include men in the movement while maintaining a safe space for women?
  • How can we recognize and address both interpersonal and institutionalized forms of oppression to make our movement more intersectional?

Resources from the event included a timeline with each wave’s characteristics, some important figures, and 5 key acts of legislation, statistics on the status of women, and suggestions for further learning and involvement (top image). There’s something for every level of interest with short youtube clips about the three waves to seminal books, and ways to get involved to documentation programs like the Hollaback project. The resources presented are available for download here — please check them out and use!

To learn more or to get involved you can email the education committee at education@womenscaucus.co.uk.

Hurricane Harvey appeal

All of us at DAUK WC send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. We mourn especially for those who lost their lives.

As we have seen with Hurricane Katrina, the relief effort will take years, not months. Organizations are scrambling to provide emergency shelter and food for tens of thousands of Texas and Louisiana residents, including their pets. The property damage alone is estimated to be in the billions. According to Quartz, 85% of homes in Harris County (which includes the city of Houston) have no flood insurance.

In these times of national tragedy, it is painful to hear such distressing stories and to worry about friends and family back home. Our fellow Americans need our compassion and generosity to get through this natural disaster.

Please consider supporting the listed charities in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort:

Reflections on anti-Semitism, at home and abroad

This spring, I took a long walk in a nature reserve near York with my husband.  As we approached the trailhead, I noticed an ugly yellow spray-painted swastika, marring a map depicting the protected area. I had never been under the illusion that the U.K., my expatriate home, was free from anti-Semitism – the rise of the far-right here and across Europe had made clear that the complex hatred surrounding white nationalism were alive and well in Britain.  But these seemed abstract, the stuff of Radio 4 debates and editorial commentary, not in bright yellow paint, staring me in the face.

I thought about that swastika a great deal over these past weeks. As we’ve all read, white nationalists in Charlottesville chanted “Jews will not replace us,” placing anti-Semitism at the heart of their ethnic ideology. Whether a part of a far-right political ideal, or just simple hatred, anti-Semitism has taken on new life – from Charlottesville to rural Yorkshire. White supremacists and their sympathizers have decided that Jews aren’t white, reminding us that our acceptance is always, always provisional.  Perhaps it shouldn’t have been a surprise, but this was nevertheless a disturbing realization for me: anti-Semitism feels like such an old-fashioned brand of hatred.

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Nazi vandalism in Skipwith Common National Nature Reserve, York UK.

How can we challenge it?  We need progressive candidates who can move past the fractured “identity politics” which has been so soundly rejected by voters. We need candidates who can craft inclusive policies that speak to all of us; who find ourselves outside the boundaries of the racists’ white ethno-state, and to the many men and women who find their ideals detestable. After all, there are more of us out here, and we are stronger in our diversity.

TAKE ACTION: Visit the Southern Poverty Law Center for US anti-hate resources
https://www.splcenter.org/

About the author: Dr. Erin Maglaque is a resident of York and a Teaching Fellow in History at the University of St Andrews. She is a (proud!) Massachusetts voter. To learn about her academic research, visit www.erinmaglaque.com