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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Novembre - Twenty-four hours in a woman's life * (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 25 Dec 2016 11:07:06 +0200

In the lives of women, violence is commonplace. They are commonplace since they happen to all women wherever they live, their skin colors, their sexual identities, and the social class to which they belong. They occur every day, every hour, in every place and every sphere of their lives. In the family, at work, between friends, in the street, this violence against women is committed at different intensities, but whatever happens they happen. Angular stones of the patriarchy, they seem "normal". It is this banalization of deeply discriminating, unjust and degrading facts that must be combated by highlighting what happens systematically in the lives of women. To do this, here are some examples of what can happen in a week. They are all authentic. It is a shared experience. Nothing happened from "private" this week, I have not experienced physical aggression. But it has happened to me several times. And it happened to all my friends. This week was a normal week.

Monday, 9:55 p.m.:
I leave the municipal swimming pool. In the hall, a man who works there says to his colleague, examining me from top to bottom: "it's always nice to look at the pretty girls." By force, one feels object and denied in its quality of being thinking and acting. It makes you angry.

Tuesday, 6:50 p.m.:
I accompany internal college where I work at the self. I realize that I forgot to bring back trays. I apologize to the chef who I meet for the second time. "I'm going to have to give you spanking," he said, laughing, in the middle of the self and the students. Displaced allusion to sexual practice or unhealthy infantilization, this kind of reflection is inferior. It makes you angry.

Wednesday, 11:30:
A new colleague office says "I'm not macho, finally, I am a feminist for the whole women, macho but for mine, it's like a doll." Infantilization, objectivization and even the claim of the inferiorization of women. Really, by force, it makes us angry.

Thursday, 0:40:
I hear male voices and drunken my windows singing loudly "put your dick on my shoulder violates your mother, you'll have a brother." Evening jokes that contribute to the culture of rape. It makes you angry.

Friday 15.30:
Ongoing, Prof. presents "A researcher ...". Researchers also exist. By force the invisibilisation of the women, it anger.

By force, this kind of little reflections seeming innocent, even funny, distills a sexist culture that habitues the women to this feel object, inferior and insignificant. By these "small" ordinary humiliations, they learn to perceive themselves as subordinates and to muzzle their anger. This devaluation is one of the wheels of the patriarchal system that prepares women to fear and suffer even more violent aggression and humiliation. That is why our anger is legitimate and must become the fuel of the struggle against patriarchy!

* Reference to a novel by Stefan Zweig which tells twenty-four hours in the life of two women. One of them is at the heart of a scandal because she left her husband for another. The second reveals his feelings for a younger man. They are both overwhelmed by a society reproving their desires, actions and behaviors and freeing themselves from such a judgment towards men. This social system is patriarchy.

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