Where have all the radicals gone?

A great new podcast on Rabble.ca has Meghan Murphy interviewing Sheila Jeffreys. It runs for an hour an a half, and is totally worth it (the intro is a bit radfem 101, but I guess it has to be there).

The programme also has some herstoric interviews with Andrea Dworkin. A lot of ground is covered in the podcast, including Sheila Jeffrey’s belief that the Third Wave is starting to form (and that thing currently called the Third Wave was nothing more than backlash dressed up as feminism). I couldn’t agree more.

Jeffreys also covers how she and other radfems such as Julie Bindel have been labelled as ‘transphobic’ and ostracised from general speaking events such as Reclaim The Night (Jeffreys in Melbourne). And how the LGBT Conference of the NUS recently went to all the time and effort, in all seriousness, to declare “Julie Bindel is vile” (I will copy this motion at the end, I was going to do a post about it).

Paraphrasing Jeffreys: “gender is the last bastion [of feminism] because it is the foundation of the subordination of women” and “[transgender/gender roles] are being defended to the death” and that “[feminists] must claw back this ground”.

I had to smile at the bit (about 1:20 in) where Jeffreys was pleased at the number of radfem blogs about, particularly those being critical of transgender and the harms (I am sure she reads at Gallus Mags actually), and mentions that [some blogs] were laughing at it [tranz], and that it was “a very naughty thing to do”. *waves back to Sheila Jeffreys* Yes I am naughty! But in all seriousness, it is strategic, and sometimes you can go a lot further with humour than in serious writings. I see it as a complimentary adjunct to regular serious blogging. And sometimes you just have to laugh. And disprove the “humourless radfem” myth. We’re a hoot!

Anyway, listen to the whole thing. It’s good.
Also embedded here:

http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/f-word/2011/04/where-have-all-radicals-gone-when-feminism-gets-moderate

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From page 8, LGBT Conference of the NUS:
Amendment 1 – Julie Bindle and the transphobic conference of the Royal College of Psychologists

Conference Believes:

  1. Conference has previously declared that Julie Bindel is a transphobe and has agreed that no representatives of NUS will “share a platform” with her because of her hateful views and statements about trans people.
  2. Bindle has stated on many occasions that trans people are mutilants and butchers of their bodies.
  3. That Julie Bindel is vile.

Conference Resolves:

  1. To condemn the Royal College of Psychiartrists for having Bindel talk at the annual meeting on the subject of “There is no such a thing as a real woman (or a real man, for what matters). A feminist perspective on Gender Identity Disorder
  2. To tear down the vile concept of Gender Identity Disorder as a vicious and hurtful bandage that Bindle and transphobes wrap trans people up in!

16 thoughts on “Where have all the radicals gone?

  1. jilla

    I have planned to listen Sunday. Colour me surprised to find Jeffreys or even Feminism 101 on rabble, which is rah rah doods lefty central.

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  2. Jennifer

    Hooray for Sheila Jeffreys – she and many other rad fems will not be silenced by the misogynistic rabble posing as ‘transgressives!’ Concur with Jeffreys 100% that ‘gender is the last bastion [of feminism] because it is the foundation of the subordination of women” and “[transgender/gender roles] are being defended to the death” and that “[feminists] must claw back this ground”.

    This is precisely what radical feminism has been saying for decades and that is why immense endeavours are made to silence the truth. Gender is nothing more and nothing less than a social construction created by men for men’s benefit and to maintain male domination over all women.

    Why won’t anyone believe me when I say I am a martian??? After all I have the supposed right of defining my identity do I not?? Remember women don’t exist – so that means I can be a martian if I wish!!

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  3. jilla

    Hey everyone Jennifer is here. This is really beginning to look like home. Almost everyone’s come calling. xxxooo my girl.

    FABitty can we get a feed to that Jeffries mp3? I mean, is that possible, to have a link of rad fem vis and spoken goodness somewhere on board?

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  4. veganprimate

    I love Sheila Jeffreys! I could listen to her talk all day with that lovely British accent. She’s utterly brilliant and spot on with her analysis.

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  5. FAB Libber

    There you go Jilla, I embedded it at the bottom of the post (before the NUS thingy). The embed is linked to the original site. But, I did also download the mp3 file earlier too, just in case it ever moves or disappears.

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  6. jilla

    Oh good plan. Because yes, it will disappear. They’ll decide it’s taking too much important download power or something, Getting too many hits. Or not enough.

    Here, have a coconut cupcake for your efforts.

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  7. zeph

    Thanks for this, Sheila was excellent. One thing she said that particularly resonated with me, was that she was moved to tears by porn. Porn makes me cry, it is pictures of women being tortured, heart, body and soul. I have never understood how some women can watch it and not feel distressed for the women within it. Let alone giggle over it with a boyfriend. I think we have been abused so much, one way or another, we just can’t fully feel for ourselves and each other anymore.

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  8. jilla

    She’s READING us. Sheila Jeffrey’s is reading us laughing at twans. She specifically mentions blogs that are LAUGHING at twansweeni

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  9. FAB Libber

    Hi zeph, welcome!

    I have never understood how some women can watch it and not feel distressed for the women within it. Let alone giggle over it with a boyfriend. I think we have been abused so much, one way or another, we just can’t fully feel for ourselves and each other anymore.

    Much of it I think is, although on some level even the (feministly) uneducated women realise ‘something off’ about porn, they go along with it because 1) they are trained to align with men and their interests, and 2) keeping their heads down by being regarded as a ‘friendly ally’ [to menz] and not as ‘one of those other women’ (in this instance sex-neg prudes.

    It is very similar to the behaviour I outlined in the recent post “Snowflake: Fail”. Part of the same behaviour set.

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  10. rhondda

    Thank you for posting this podcast. I used to belong to the rabble.ca crowd until they started supporting porn and prostitution renamed sex work. It is good to know they are thinking the outside leftist male agenda. Maybe.
    Shelia Jeffreys is amazing. A couple of things really stuck out for me. One is that trans is really a method of sterilization, as in getting rid of potential gay or lesbian people. This is much like the divide and conquer over birth control and abortion. For white women it was good and for black women and other women of colour it was a means of coercion and sterilization. Parents are being hoodwinked.
    The other thing she said was about lesbian feminism and how the lesbianism has taken over the feminism. I won’t elaborate on that, but she does explain it in the The Lesbian Heresy. Her thoughts on structuralism and how marriage has a certain history which really cannot be renamed as good for women was so clear. It was as if subliminal ideas were finally made concrete for me.
    Anyway, I thought I should include the link to site which is the originating site.
    I have not read everything on it yet, but it is very interesting.
    http://www.feminisms.org/blog/

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