Sunday, November 23, 2008

"The trouble with Reclaiming the Night"

Great article by Laurie Penny challenging radical feminism on the excellent Liberal Conspiracy website today.
Here's an extract:

"Brutality is bred in the bone in this country, in playgrounds, in the streets, and at home. It runs even deeper than a simple insult to women perpetrated by patriarchy. We are not as civilised as we like to think. Sooner or later, we all learn to fight, or we learn to run, or we learn to lie down and take the kicks and learn to hate. Sooner or later, we all learn to be afraid to walk the streets after dark.

Would I like to live in a world where all women felt safe at night? Damn straight. And all men, too. And all boys, all girls, all transpeople, bankers and shopkeepers and streetwalkers: none of us should have to steel ourselves for a beating when we pop to the shops for milk. This is something that needs to be addressed urgently in our culture. It’s not just a feminist problem; it’s a gendered crisis that makes new demands of feminism, and I will not be Reclaiming any Night until the men and transpeople whom I love are allowed to march beside me

Read the full article here.


Anonymous said...

Arty shit

claude said...

Thanks for the insightful contribution, anonymous. I think you may need to look 'arty' up in the dictionary cos it's got fuckall to do with that article.