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Yoshie writes:

"Winning the Culture War, Losing the Class Struggle"

Yoshie Furuhashi


The Culture War is over, and conservatives have lost. No less an authority on the conservative camp in the Culture War than Paul M. Weyrich declared in 1999: "I believe that we probably have lost the culture war. That doesn't mean the war is not going to continue, and that it isn't going to be fought on other fronts. But in terms of society in general, we have lost. This is why, even when we win in politics, our victories fail to translate into the kind of policies we believe are important." If we have won the Culture War, though, why are we in such bad shape?

"Patriarchy, Civilization and the Origins of Gender"

John Zerzan, Green Anarachy #16 (Spring 2004)

Civilization, very fundamentally, is the history of
the domination of nature and of women. Patriarchy
means rule over women and nature. Are the two
institutions at base synonymous?

Contributions are sought for a new volume on masculinities in popular music.
Placed at the intersection of the now well-established field of popular
musicology and the increasingly important area of masculinity studies, the
collection seeks to address how masculinities are constructed, represented and
problematised within popular music acts and genres.

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Georgia House Outlaws Genital Piercing For Women

Associated Press, March 25, 2004

ATLANTA -- Genital piercings for women were banned by the Georgia House
as lawmakers considered a bill outlining punishments for female genital
mutilation.

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"Oregon County Bans All Marriages"

BBC

Confused by the twists and turns of the US gay marriage issue, Oregon's Benton County has decided to err on the side of caution and ban all weddings.


Until the state decides who can and cannot wed, officials in the county have said no-one can marry — even heterosexual couples.

hydrarchist writes: "pinched from the excellent resource endpage".


"Sex, Race and Class"

Selma James

There has been enough confusion generated when sex, race and class have confronted each other as separate and even conflicting entities. That they are separate entities is self-evident. That they have proven themselves to be not separate, inseparable, is harder to discern. Yet if sex and race are pulled away from class, virtually all that remains is the truncated, provincial, sectarian politics of the white male metropolitan Left.

"Egypt's Leading Feminist Unveils Her Thoughts"

Ahmed Nassef Interviews Nawal El Saadawi

[In an interview with Women's eNews, prominent feminist and
human rights activist Nawal El Saadawi discusses the current
crisis of Egyptian feminism and the role of progressive
activists living under repressive Arab regimes.]

CAIRO, Egypt --The subject of this interview, Dr. Nawal El Saadawi, one of the most well-known feminists
and political dissidents in the Arab world, was born in 1931
in Kafr Tahla, a small village north of Cairo.


A psychiatrist by training, she first rose to international
prominence with her 1972 book, "Women and Sex," which dealt
with the taboo topic of women's sexuality and led to her
dismissal as Egypt's director of public health. She also lost
her positions as the chief editor of the medical journal,
Health, and as the assistant general secretary of the
Egyptian Medical Association. Since then, her many books and
novels, most focusing on issues of Arab and Muslim women and
sexuality within the context of repressive religious
authority and tradition, have made her the target of both
Egypt's secular regimes and the Muslim religious
establishment.

"Feminism: A Male Anarchist's Perspective"

Pendleton Vandiver

"I myself have never been able to find out what
feminism is: I only know that people call me a
feminist whenever I express sentiments that
differentiate me from a doormat" --Rebecca West, The Clarion, 1913

Most people in the current anarchist milieu -- female
or male -- would disagree, at least in principle, with
most of the following statements: there
are two immutable and natural categories under which
all humans are classified: male and female. A male
human being is a man, and a female human being is a
woman. Women are inherently inferior to men. Men are
smarter and stronger than women; women are more
emotional and delicate. Women exist for
the benefit of men. If a man demands sex from his
wife, it is her duty to oblige him, whether she wants
to or not. A man may force a woman to have sex
with him, as long as he has a very good reason for
making this demand. Humans are to be conceived of, in
the universal sense, as male ("man"), and only
referred to as female when one is speaking of
particular individuals. Women are a form of property.
To demand rights for women is tantamount to demanding
rights for animals and just as absurd.

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Come celebrate the NEW YORK CITY launch of:

DOMAIN ERRORS! CYBERFEMINIST PRACTICES.

A subRosa Book. Edited by Maria
Fernandez, Faith Wilding and Michelle M. Wright.

Published by Autonomedia, Brooklyn, NY, 2003.

Bluestockings Bookstore,

172 Allen Street, Manhattan, NY

212-777-6028

Sunday, November 9th, 2003, 7-9 PM

DOMAIN ERRORS! Co-editor, and subRosa member Faith Wilding will be on hand to
give a short presentation:"What is Tactical Cyberfeminism? outlining the
various areas of investigation of the book, and showing examples of the work of
subRosa--with video amplification.
Books and refreshments will be available.

November 9, 2003

Anonymous Comrade submits
Tandem Surfing the Third Wave: Part 3, interview with
subRosa


Ryan Griffis

This interview was conducted between subRosa and Ryan
Griffis via email correspondence during the first half
of 2003.

subRosa is an artists collective that produces
performative and new media projects that critique the
relationships between digital technologies,
biotechnologies and women's bodies/lives/work. subRosa
was initiated in the fall of 1998 as a project at the
STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, from which it has evolved
into its current form, a collective of five women
dispersed throughout the US. A new book, Domain
Errors: Cyberfeminist Practices,
edited by Faith
Wilding, Michelle Wright and Maria Fernandez, was
recently released by the group and published by
Autonomedia Books. subRosa can be found on the Web at
Cyberfeminism.

1.

RG: Could you briefly discuss cyberfeminism and how it
relates to other historical versions of feminism and
critical theory?

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