A short biography of anarchist Nannie Dryhurst, active in the Freedom group.
“I cannot but recall with feelings of deep gratitude how Mrs Dryhurst, during those years, would in spite of her middle-class education and upbringing, cordially interest herself in and render help to every comrade of the most down-trodden class who was fortunate enough to come in contact with her” (William Wess)
An article by Crudo about hip-hop as culture of the working class and some of the problems within the music.
Punk rock was the first style of music that really meant anything to me. That’s not really true, I was into grunge and radio rap for a while, but punk was the first musical culture that I felt any real affinity with. After all, punk was what lead me to anarchism, and then to class consciousness.
Istat (the Italian Institute of Statistics) has published its Italian labour force survey for the second quarter of 2012. The youth unemployment rate currently sits at around 33%. However, the most remarkable statistic concerns young women in Southern Italy.
Only 20.7% of women between the ages of 18 and 29 living in the South are employed, compared with 45.7% in the North. It is the worst statistic to come out since Istat began this survey in 2004. It clearly shows that the damage caused by the economic crisis has not spread evenly across the population but rather follows lines of inequality.
A blog looking at the prevalence of child abuse in our society and how it relates to rape culture.
TRIGGER WARNING FOR CHILD ABUSE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT.
Recently, it has emerged that “beloved” children's entertainer Jimmy Saville was a paedophile and a rapist. This followed the revelation that the BBC had pulled a Panorama show exposing his crimes in favour of a glowing tribute following his death.
“Mothers’ Strike” is a documentary that portrays the living conditions of the striking women in Walbrzych, Poland in 2010, their struggle against local authorities, conflicts with welfare institutions and their attempts at self-organizing.
The following text was written in summer 2011 by some of those behind the documentary:
The earliest human institution was not the nuclear family. The latest research now indicates that it was the communistic, female-centred clan.
Engels argued this in 1884. After a century of establishment denial, including complicity by 'Marxists', it now turns out that he was right after all.
ENGELS WAS RIGHT: EARLY HUMAN KINSHIP WAS MATRILINEAL
by Chris Knight
In 2008, the Royal Anthropological Institute published a scholarly volume entitled Early Human Kinship. It stemmed from a 2005 workshop held in Gregynog, Wales, as part of the prestigious British Academy Centenary Project ‘From Lucy to Language: The Archaeology of the Human Brain’.
Dohball's reading guide on women and feminism.
Conquest: sexual violence and American Indian genocide - Andrea Smith
In this revolutionary book, Smith, a Native American scholar/activist, reveals the connections between different forms of violence—perpetrated by the state and by society at large—and documents how Native women are impacted. Smith also outlines strategies for eliminating gendered violence.
Women are de facto denied the right to abortion in the hospital of Jesi (a small town near Ancona), where all the gynecologists are objectors. Local of CGIL Union denounced this episode as a violation of a right guaranteed by Italian Law 194/1978, itself the result of a decade of feminist struggles.
It is no longer possible to have an abortion in Jesi, a small town in the Province of Ancona, in the Region of the Marche. The 10 gynecologists working at the local hospital are all objectors, which means women who require an abortion can no longer have it performed there. The episode was denounced by the Local CGIL, the main Italian workers’ Union, as a patent violation of Law 194/78.
For what seems like forever, the Julian Assange saga has been everywhere. On TV, in the papers, on Facebook and Twitter, it's been impossible to avoid it and all the horrific misogyny and rape apologism that comes with it. Underlying all of which is a cliché - at that a fallacious one - which defines pretty much all of the worst in leftist politics: the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
This blog is not about the finer points of the Assange case itself. If you're interested in that, there's a pretty decent round up of posts about it over at The F Word. However, since everyone and their mate has blogged about that, I won't be going there. Rather, I'll be using Assange as a jumping off point.