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(en) die plattform, Germany: Organize against patriarchy! (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 20 Mar 2022 08:33:31 +0200


Another year has passed since last March 8th. On today's Feminist Day of Struggle around the world, women, lesbians, inter, non-binary, trans and agender people (short: FLINTA) are taking to the streets together with their allies against patriarchy. ---- Last year we wrote that March 8th is once again taking place under special circumstances due to the pandemic. Today we have to realize that this pandemic is still raging in deadly ways, even if it is no longer in the daily news. ---- This is because of the next global crisis that has just started: the war in Ukraine. Again imperialism, militarism and nationalism have led to open conflict in Europe. Again innocent people of our class are dying every day. And of course, as always, it is the FLINTAs of the working class who suffer particularly from the violence of war. Because war always means an aggravation of the reactionary social conditions and an attack on the diverse struggles for social improvements for our class. FLINTAs fleeing war are exposed to special dangers, in war they are repeatedly the target of enemy "retaliatory measures". And how is the fight against patriarchy to be waged when war is raging around you?
At the same time, the war - just like the pandemic - also strengthens the gender role assignments that we want to overcome. Cis men and trans women are forced to fight, to take the blame for the "defense of the nation" and their "honor". The war strengthens the reactionary tendencies in the societies, this applies to nationalism and militarism as well as to the patriarchy, which is closely linked to them. The prospects are not exactly rosy at the beginning of this year.
But feminist movements from below have also been able to achieve achievements in the past year that we shouldn't forget: In Colombia, the right to terminate pregnancy was enforced. In Germany, the reactionary §219a was abolished, even if this measure is a rather half-hearted gesture by the neoliberal traffic light government. At the same time, however, cruel patriarchal laws are being introduced worldwide: In Texas, the parents of trans adolescents and children are being criminalized and further measures have been decided in line with the patriarchal, anti-trans agenda of the conservative, right-wing rollback. In Afghanistan, after a chaotic withdrawal of NATO troops, the Islamist Taliban were able to take over the country and, within a short period of time, threw away large parts of the achievements of feminist and destroy women's organizations. Rojava, as a beacon of hope for feminist and generally emancipatory forms of society, is increasingly being attacked by the Turkish state. Inside the Turkish state, the fascist AKP regime's repression against the strong, militant feminist movement continues.
Here in Germany, too, the situation for the FLINTAs of the working class is getting worse with the ongoing pandemic. The burden on sectors of society mostly borne by FLINTAs, particularly migrant FLINTAs, continues to grow. More and more unpaid care work at home, poorly and above all less paid carework in kindergartens, hospitals and nursing homes. A high amount of overtime and massive stress, all due to the profit-driven bust austerity policies in the health and care sector. None of this makes up for a "care bonus", which in the end probably doesn't even really help financially . Because the problem cannot be solved by small reforms, but by a radical transformation of working conditions and an equal division of social care work.
At the same time, patriarchal violence continues to rage. Femicide remains a reality, as does sexualised violence. And the perpetrators don't have to fear any further consequences. Despite public debates about "DeutschrapMeToo" and other initiatives against sexualized violence or allegations of "cancelling" against prominent machos like Luke Mockridge, nothing has changed. The feminist movement still lacks the social power to assert the interests of FLINTAs and to hold perpetrators accountable.
It is our concern as an anarcho-feminist organization to contribute to the building of a class-struggle feminist movement that develops real social power and puts a stop to the advance of patriarchy. Which demands a place at the table in every area or topic. This movement needs organised, militant feminist structures of our class that can deploy effective actions and strikes, but which can also provide ongoing mutual aid. Whether in unions or neighborhoods, whether in school, training or university, whether in a retirement home or in jail, whether as a soup kitchen, as a shelter for FLINTAs or as a reading group. Inclusive instead of queer people from all parts of our class, neglecting migrant and non-white perspectives. As a platform, we want to promote this organization in the feminist movement.
And of course it can't just be FLINTAs driving this development forward. It is the duty of cis men to deal with patriarchy, to question their own reactionary ways of thinking and to actively participate in the feminist struggle. Men's unions and the protection of criminals must have no place in our movement, let's fight them and break them up.
For a feminist struggle and organizing against patriarchy, capitalism, racism and the state! For a class-struggle, anarchist feminism!
For a fighting March 8th!
Fight the patriarchy everywhere!

https://www.dieplattform.org/2022/03/08/organisiert-euch-gegen-das-patriarchat/#more-2287
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