Résistance féministe vs. réforme d’Ann Hansen

(version originale anglaise disponible dans la brochure Writings of the Vancouver Five à anti-politics.net/distro/2009/vancouver5-imposed.pdf)

La majorité des féministes blanches revendiquent des salaires égaux pour du travail égal, plus de garderies publiques, des lois plus strictes contre la porno et le viol, plus de financement étatique pour les groupes de femmes et des changements dans le domaine des entreprises.

Ces demandes sont appelées des réformes, parce qu’en elles-mêmes, elles ne présupposent pas la nécessité de la destruction du patriarcat dans son entièreté pour leur réalisation. Ces réformes sont demandées aux gouvernants par des voies légales comme les pétitions, le lobbying des politicien-ne-s et le support de partis politiques.

Certaines femmes croient que les réformes peuvent les libérer sans qu’il y ait destruction du capitalisme.

Elles ont grand espoir dans la réforme du patriarcat, particulièrement en Amérique du Nord, si les femmes sont blanches et veulent prendre une personnalité masculine. Certaines féministes radicales voient les réformes comme des gains à court terme qui deviendront le terrain de lutte du mouvement révolutionnaire pour la destruction du patriarcat. Trop souvent, leur travail de revendication à court terme occulte leurs buts révolutionnaires et fixe les méthodes qu’elles utilisent. Par exemple, pour changer les lois pour réprimer la pornographie, leurs méthodes vont généralement impliquer le dialogue avec les représentant-e-s gouvernementaux, des campagnes de lettres et des pétitions. Si tout ce qu’une femme fait de ses journées est d’être attelée à changer la loi alors ses aspirations révolutionnaires secrètes resteront de l’ordre des rêves.

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À propos d’Ann Hansen et de Juliet Belmas, sur la violence révolutionnaire, sur Direct Action et sur les Wimmin’s Fire Brigade ainsi que sur la lutte contre le patriarcat en général

Tiré de la brochure This is not a love story : Armed Struggles against the Institutions of Patriarchy (Ceci n’est pas une histoire d’amour : luttes armées contre les institutions du patriarcat)

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I Have Not Signed A Treaty With Any Government: A Brief Look At “Direct Action” and “The Wimmin’s Fire Brigade »

(from http://libcom.org/library/i-have-not-signed-treaty-any-government-brief-look-%E2%80%9Cdirect-action%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%9C-wimmin%E2%80%99s-fire-briga)

 

In 1982, five Canadian anti-authoritarian activists, variously known as Direct Action, the Wimmin’s Fire Brigade, and the Vancouver Five, conducted a highly visible series of guerrilla actions against patriarchal, industrial civilization. When the five anarchists — two wimmin and three men — who comprised these cells were finally captured by the Canadian state in 1983, they were charged with a host of clandestine attacks on industries that represented some of the most notorious war criminals, environmental despoilers, and exploiters of wimmin and children.

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R, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, about Red Hot Video and the Wimmin’s Fire Brigade

Wanted: RED HOT VIDEO
in Frontline Knowledge, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, Objectification of Women

Friday, January 1, 1982 – Saturday, January 1, 1983

A brief evaluation of some feminist activity against ‘Red Hot Video’ stores: An Unfinished Business

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Interview with Juliet Belmas, former member of Direct Action and the Wimmin’s Fire Brigade, about the Missing and Murdered Women and the sham Oppal Commission

http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/audio/interview-juliet-belmas-former-member-direct-action-and-wimmins-fire-brigade-about-missing-and

This Is Not A Love Story: Armed Struggle Against The Institutions Of Patriarchy by Ann Hansen and Juliet Belmas

Many feminist theorists and activists categorically condemn « violence »– be it offensive or defensive, physical or verbal–on the grounds that « violence » (an extremely ambiguous term in itself) has it’s roots in patriarchal culture and the patriarchal mindset, and is somehow the « invention » of men– as if violence doesn’t appear everywhere in the natural world in myriad forms, usually contributing in significant ways to the balance of local ecosystems. While certain feminist thinkers put forth an analysis of violence and hierarchical power relationships that is well worth considering, a wholesale condemnation of revolutionary violence aimed at the destruction of that which oppresses us is a gross oversimplification of an extremely complex situation: that is, the web of patriarchal tyranny that all of us, wimmin and men alike, find ourselves born into, where violence is used by our oppressors to enforce our political and social submission, and where we are all desperately looking for effective ways to reclaim our lives. Analyzing the role of armed resistance movements (and wimmins participation in them) in the larger liberation struggle against patriarchy and civilization from an entirely « essentialist » perspective — as Robin Morgan does in her often cited work The Demon Lover — is a misleading and deceptive form of Herstorical revisionism, as it completely discounts the lives of wimmin like Harriet Tubman, who led armed guerrilla raids into the southern united states (basically a slave-owning armed camp) to rescue fellow New Afrikans from captivity, as well as numerous other wimmin like Assata Shakur, Marilyn Buck, and Bernadhine Dhorn, who enthusiastically embraced armed struggle as a tactic and had no regrets about it. This article will not attempt to defend armed struggle (because in our opinion it requires no justification) but will instead focus on two very specific groups (of many) that engaged in violent rebellion against the institutions of patriarchy.

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