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LAST YEAR'S READING MATERIALS
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Ecosocialist School IIRE Amsterdam
  
Ecosocialist School Amsterdam
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2nd December 2016
  
9th December : The feminist challenge in changing society: feminizing our perspectives and our movements
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The feminist challenge in changing society: feminizing our perspectives and our movements
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Speaker: Penelope Duggan
  
 
“In order to change the conditions of life we must learn to see them through the eyes of women.”  
 
“In order to change the conditions of life we must learn to see them through the eyes of women.”  
  
Leon Trotsky (“Against Bureaucracy, Progressive And Unprogressive“ in Problems of Life, from MIA http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1924/xx/bureaucracy.htm.)
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Leon Trotsky (“Against Bureaucracy, Progressive And Unprogressive“ in Problems of Life, from MIA http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1924/xx/bureaucracy.htm.)  
  
 
1. Understanding the world:  
 
1. Understanding the world:  
  
Class, gender, race (remember Nadia de Mond's lecture on Day 4)
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Class, gender, race  
  
a) women are 52% of the population
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a) women are 52% of the population  
  
b) women are oppressed
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b) women, all women, are oppressed  
  
c) capitalism uses and reinforces existing oppression to increase its ability to exploit
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c) capitalism uses and reinforces existing oppression to increase its ability to exploit  
  
d) a radical fight against capitalism must take as its starting point the deepest experience of oppression and exploitation
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d) a radical fight against capitalism must take as its starting point the deepest experiences of oppression and exploitation  
  
 
2. Understanding the resistance
 
2. Understanding the resistance
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a) politicisation starts from real experience
  
a) politicisation starts from real experience
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- women's role in the family  
 
 
- women's role in the family
 
 
 
- women's experience “as women”
 
  
- women's place as workers
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- women's experience “as women”
  
b) self-organisation is the key
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- women's place as workers
  
- autonomous women's movement, a strategic necessity
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b) self-organisation is the key
  
3. How can our parties embody this understanding?
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- autonomous women's movement, a strategic necessity
  
a) place for women
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3. How can our parties embody this understanding?
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a) place for women  
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b) representation of women
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c) taking women's politics seriously
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d) sanctions in a feminist party
  
b) representation of women
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Reading material:
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[[1979 World Congress: Socialist Revolution and the Struggle for Women’s Liberation]]
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[http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article1586]
  
c) taking women's politics seriously
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[[1991 World Congress: Latin America: Dynamics of mass movements and feminist currents]]
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[http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article142]
  
d) sanctions in a feminist party
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“Thermidor in the Family" in The Revolution Betrayed by Léon Trotsky
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[https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1936/revbet/ch07.htm]
  
* ''''Penelope Duggan''''  The Feminist Challenge to Traditional Political Organizing, [[http://archive.4edu.info/Youth_2007/ESY_12.11_Penelope_WP33.htm]]
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[[The feminist challenge to traditional political organising (Penelope Duggan)]]
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[http://archive.4edu.info/Youth_2007/ESY_12.11_Penelope_WP33.htm]
  
* '''Jo Freeman''' the tyranny of structurelessness [[http://www.library.duke.edu/rubenstein/scriptorium/wlm/tyranny/]]
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The Tyranny of Structurelessness
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[http://www.jofreeman.com/joreen/tyranny.htm]
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and [http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/wlmpc_wlmms01018/]
  
* '''Mexico PRT''',  [[Sanctions in a feminist party]]
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Sanctions in a feminist party (PRT Mexico)
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[http://www.4edu.info/index.php?title=Sanctions_in_a_feminist_party]

Latest revision as of 17:43, 1 December 2016

Ecosocialist School IIRE Amsterdam

2nd December 2016

The feminist challenge in changing society: feminizing our perspectives and our movements

Speaker: Penelope Duggan

“In order to change the conditions of life we must learn to see them through the eyes of women.”

Leon Trotsky (“Against Bureaucracy, Progressive And Unprogressive“ in Problems of Life, from MIA http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1924/xx/bureaucracy.htm.)

1. Understanding the world:

Class, gender, race

a) women are 52% of the population

b) women, all women, are oppressed

c) capitalism uses and reinforces existing oppression to increase its ability to exploit

d) a radical fight against capitalism must take as its starting point the deepest experiences of oppression and exploitation

2. Understanding the resistance

a) politicisation starts from real experience

- women's role in the family

- women's experience “as women”

- women's place as workers

b) self-organisation is the key

- autonomous women's movement, a strategic necessity

3. How can our parties embody this understanding? a) place for women b) representation of women c) taking women's politics seriously d) sanctions in a feminist party

Reading material: 1979 World Congress: Socialist Revolution and the Struggle for Women’s Liberation [1]

1991 World Congress: Latin America: Dynamics of mass movements and feminist currents [2]

“Thermidor in the Family" in The Revolution Betrayed by Léon Trotsky [3]

The feminist challenge to traditional political organising (Penelope Duggan) [4]

The Tyranny of Structurelessness [5] and [6]

Sanctions in a feminist party (PRT Mexico) [7]