feminism

Women's Cafe

A shortl article on the difficulties faced by Women's Cafe, a squatted social centre in Berlin in the early 1980s.

Originally published in Frauenbewegung und Hauserkampf — unvorsohnlich? (Women's Movement and Squatting Movement -irreconcilable?)

New Chauvinism?

A problematic account of violence against women and macho behaviour in the squatting movement of West Berlin in the early 1980s.

The original article is followed by some letters in response, some of which seem to excuse violence against women and other sexist behaviour.

A difficult read, which is presented here as an insight into the downsides of subcultural political scenes and not because we agree with it.

Five Houses - Dora Schemme and Barbara Rosenberg

Jagowstrasse 12 Feb 1981

Profiles of five squatted houses in West Berlin in the early 1980s, including quotes from the female occupants.

Interviews by Dora Schemme and Barbara Rosenberg. Originally published in German feminist magazine Courage (#4 April 1981): "Frauen Besetzer Hausen"

“The Future ls Female” - Joan Reutershan

Hexenhaus squat

An article on the feminist Hexenhaus (Witch House) squat in Berlin in 1981.

Originally published in Sylvere Lotringer (ed) - Semiotext(e): The German Issue (1982)

Against Imperialism, Patriarchy, Sexism: Let's Fight For Our Liberation!!!

Article from London Notes #1 1992

We translate and publish here an article/leaflet recently circulated in the European Counter Network. It deals with women's position within the capitalist relation of work as (re)producers of the most important commodity, that is labour power. It deals with the recent strategies outlined by international agencies and private corporations to control and plan the quality and the quantity of this commodity, through the control of women's bodies and their sexuality. It appeals for the circulation of political analysis on this subject and of struggles against these strategies.

Feminism: Disarmed? Indulgent? Introverted?

Article by Iris Mills from the pamphlet "Against Separatism" by Joe Peacott. The article first appeared in Freedom in 1981. It is a transcript of Mills’ presentation at a debate at London’s Autonomy Centre on September 25 1981

Every Rose Has Its Thorn: Reflections from the 2020 Black Rose Split and a Warning to the Patriarchal Revolutionary Left

Article published on March 1st 2021 about a split away from the Black Rose Anarchist Federation.

Anarcha-Feminism in Bolivia

Interview with Julieta Paredes of Mujeres Creando, an anarcha-feminist group in La Paz, Bolivia

From Black Flag #222 (2002).

Poland: The Assault on Reproductive Rights Continues

On 22 October 2020, the Constitutional Tribunal (Trybunał Konstytucyjny, TK) of Poland, stacked by justices from the conservative ruling party Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, PiS), ruled that termination of pregnancies is unconstitutional even when prenatal testing or other medical rationales show a large likelihood of severe and irreversible foetal impairment or an incurable life-threatening disease of the future child.

Southall Black Sisters interview - Black Flag

Southall Black Sisters are a black women's group that were formed in the late 70s and are still going strong today. They have campaigned tirelessly for the rights of women who fight back against domestic violence and more recently against creeping fundamentalism within Asian and other communities. SBS are not anarchists, but we should have plenty to learn from their struggles and their courage over the last 20 years. We interviewed Hananna and Anita from SBS at their resource centre in Southall.