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In the run up to the conference, we asked Janice a few questions about her past and recent work and her topic of choice for her talk: The importance of dismantling gender is still with us, albeit in some unusual places, reputably said to exist beyond gender. To take one example, there is gender and there is transgender. When I first published The Transsexual Empire in raymojd, the word gender was understood to be separate from the word sex.
Sex was what defined a person biologically, and gender was understood to mean the sex- appropriate behavior that was socially constructed. As I saw it then and see it now, transgender raises questions of what gender is and how to challenge it. If we have to change our bodies in order to challenge gender norms, we are not transcending gender, i.
We are exchanging one gendered identity for the other. I think the task of radical feminism is to dismantle gender transsesual it rears its hydra-headed appearance. We need more radical feminist speech, but to make this happen, women benefit from places, meetings, events where women can articulate goals and strategies, or simply meet together. But separation should never be segregation, whether imposed from without or chosen from within. Separation from hetero-reality, for me, means that the kind of respite that gives women the strength and nanice to make a mark on the world, not to make an exit from that world.
For radical feminists, separation and worldliness go together and are both necessary to create transformative change. Friendship should provide women janie a common world that becomes a reference point for location in a larger world beyond the friendship.
The separation and transsexyal of a personal life should be, at the same time, grounding for a political life, one that alters the distribution of power in society. Any movement for social change should not only integrate a global jwnice but also work with global partners. Radical feminists, for example, have joined with radical feminist sisters daymond the South to combat trafficking in women, organize an international anti-pornography movement, resist reproductive and genetic technologies, campaign against female genital mutilation, and challenge global militarism.
Factions are not limited to radical feminism. The best way to go forward is to articulate the arguments honestly and make judgments about how to further our goals. In the past, in the name of some amorphously defined feminist community, value judgments and political opinions, along with the will to enact them in opposition to other women, were seen as divisive.
However, what kind of feminist politics can be built on the unwillingness to make judgments.
Social and political life stem from values, choices and practices that are defined with clarity and exercised with commitment. I chose the topic of the so-called comfort women, the women drafted into military sexual slavery janixe Japan during World War II, for several reasons. Many countries transsexuaal holding events on this 70th anniversary of the war to honor the service and sacrifice of those who fought in it.
Thus far, no plans are officially underway to commemorate the women whose lives were taken from them when they were drafted into military sexual slavery during WWII.
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That campaign is ongoing. Militarism is a radical feminist issue, not only because rape, sexual slavery and trafficking in women are fueled by war but for other reasons as well. It is mainly radical feminists who have historically insisted that violence against women is transsexuao feminist issue.
Like those women drafted into military sexual slavery who continue to insist on justice and restitution, radical feminists once had to insist that rape, woman battering, prostitution and pornography should be essential to the feminist agenda.
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We are still insisting. No platforming FemiFest radfems resist Raymond has also tirelessly campaigned for the abolition of sex trafficking and prostitution and is a former co-director of the Coalition Against Trafficking In Women. Is it still important to talk about dismantling gender and if so what does jankce look like from a radical feminist perspective? Radfem Collective exercise a number of different strategies, some which could fhe termed ‘reformist’ such as our No Platforming campaign, organised with Julie Bindel and Miranda Yardley.
Do you see a continued role for both within the context of women’s liberation? Linked to the above, how do women achieve truly ‘transformative’ change? Would you agree that radical feminism has yet to integrate a truly global perspective in terms of tthe oppression?
Is it possible to build a radical feminist social movement given our herstory of factions? How can we ensure that we do not make the same mistakes of the past? Or do you think that conflict is inevitable, and it is this conflict that drives Radical Feminism forward?
This year is the 70th anniversary of the ending of the second world war. trqnssexual
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Radical feminists have been prominent in highlighting how men’s sexual violence has cut across class, racial, ethnic boundaries through colonialism, imperialism and nationalistic wars. At the RadFems Resist conference in September of this year, you will be talking about the sexual slavery of the ‘comfort women’ of the occupied territories of the Japanese Army.
Can you touch upon what you want to highlight in this talk? Why did you choose to focus on this topic, at this time? Radfems resist is a women-only radical feminist conference organised by rqymond collective, taking place in central london on 12th and 13th september.