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(en) Union Communiste Libertaire Bruxelles - We are no longer afraid, an open letter from feminists. (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:18:24 +0200

Five days after the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the DH published an article under the title " #MeToo , collateral victims in men?»More than an article, it is a tribune without filter or nuance of the journalist and the newspaper which publishes it, in which ten Belgian personalities, men, express themselves on the mode:" Can not more nothing say". ---- "We can not say anything more": faced with this sentence made by men finally posing as victims, we remained calm (and yes, we are not hysterics). We read this article to the end. We took the time to discuss it, to meet each other to understand the reactions to this article. ---- What to say? It is difficult to know where to start so this platform is full of disturbing statements ...
For them, women would no longer be able to accept a "nice compliment", a "light dredge". These gentlemen do not want to understand that it is not a question of capacity but of choice: having to undergo, without flinching, inappropriate remarks, hisses and comments on our physics, salacious allusions, it's basta! Rather than lamenting being deprived of "freedom" for women, these men would do well to question the violence of their behavior; they are not the victims of feminicide, beaten, harassed, commodified.
At the same time, those men who see with so much casualness and levity what women suffer, if they had a real awareness of the oppression they inflict on them, we would know. They have so integrated these behaviors, these social norms, that they have become incapable of realizing the violence they are doing (consciously or unconsciously) to women. We invite them to question and to introspect before blaming women for the current events they deplore.

We could read that women should not turn to social networks to denounce the acts suffered, but to justice. The same justice that is so lacking in resources that it is unable to guarantee women victims of aggression and violence real security? This same justice that asks us questions such as: "What did you wear? "It was not a little late to walk alone in the street? This patriarchal justice?

We read that we should not boycott works by pedophile and abusive filmmakers because we need to open the debate. Do you really think that the 12 women who have been the prey of Roman Polanski want to open the debate?

We were able to read these men once again to explain what it is like to have "a true feminist message", except that you guys do not really understand this feminist message!
The problem that these men encounter, which bothers them, is not that they can not say anything, as some people say in the gallery. No, the problem is related to the frustration they feel they can not say everything they want without having a negative answer, without being put in their place ... Before, we were silent, now we resist them and we say NO.

22% of men say and acknowledge having already been the author of a sexual assault, this figure represents only a visible part of the iceberg, he speaks men who are aware of having, one day, a behavior that poses problem, not all others who refuse to understand that their behavior is qualifiable sexual assault.

No, there is no risk of low birth rate, no risk that contacts between men and women disappear. We just do not want (in fact, we never wanted to) to make us heavily flirt, touch, harass by strangers, relatives, colleagues, etc. This does not mean that we do not want to talk to men anymore and that it is forbidden to approach us, to talk to us. No, it is just that today we are much more selective, direct and proud, we want and will do everything to change things.

In fact, what we simply want is to leave the patriarchate, it is to live in a society where the relationship between men and women is done outside the relations of domination and on a relationship of equality. Reading, in 2019, a man downplaying the scope of the Metoo and violence against women, comparing what they live structurally with what he experienced as inter-personal relations and invoking the " #balancetaPute ", confirms that there is still a long way to go to get there!

We will no longer apologize to men whose ego is hurt because they can no longer sin as before. This is a new era, it will take place.

Young Organized and Combative - JOC
Collecti.ef 8 maars Brussels
The News Antigone
Group feminic collages Brussels
Feminism Libertarian Brussels
Collective The head up
FLutts Women in struggle

The article we react to: https://www.dhnet.be/.../metoo-of-victims-collaterales-chez ...

The position of the DH on the reactions of the article in question: the freedom of expression goes only in a sense visibly: https://www.dhnet.be/.../metoo-and-men-la- dh-against-the ...

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