Lessons for the anarchist scene in Australia?

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Jan 13 2013 03:02
Lessons for the anarchist scene in Australia?

I don't know how many of you in Australia have seen this;

http://libcom.org/forums/news/swp-poorly-treat-2-young-women-member-vict...

It raises a number of interesting issues with regard to justice and its administration, as well as the issue of violence/harrassment of women within the anarchist scene.

I am aware of various incidents that have occurred in the anarchist scene in Australia over the last couple of years, but it's hard to know exactly what goes on as there is a marked reluctance to ever discuss these incidents in any depth.

There was this recently posted to the MAC list;

http://bccwords.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/misogyny-and-left-we-need-to-sta...

I think it is fair to say that the anarchist scene in Australia does not exist in isolation from society, but I'm interested in what others think should be done when these incidents occur.

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Feb 4 2013 05:07

Something else that might be of some relevance to the anarchist scene in Australia

http://shadesofsilence206.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/dont-call-yourself-a-...

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Feb 4 2013 15:24
Lugius wrote:
I am aware of various incidents that have occurred in the anarchist scene in Australia over the last couple of years, but it's hard to know exactly what goes on as there is a marked reluctance to ever discuss these incidents in any depth.

I don't know of too many myself but I am aware of the author of this article making threats to 'denounce' those he has personal disagreements with for sexual harassment. If the general issue of sexual harassment isn't taken as seriously as it should be, using it opportunistically as a pretext to settle personal scores is hardly going to improve the situation in that respect.

This in turn begs the question as to why the author of this post feels the need to do exactly that in the name of supporting attempts to be proactive about promoting a culture within the anarchist milieu, in which sexual harassment and all other forms of harassment are considered intolerable. He himself as admitted as much:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/76158685@N08/8445086730/sizes/m/in/photostream/

I know it might sound a bit shocking but perhaps we might end up with a more knowledgable, functional, harmonious and inclusive movement if we have these kinds of discussions because they are important and not just because we want to use them as a stick to beat our enemies with.

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Feb 13 2013 06:49

This looks to be a big step in the direction of addressing violence and harassment within anarchist groups.

http://campanarchy.org/safer-spaces-policy