[Marxism] From Cuba's MUCHACHA newspaper: "We are feminists"

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Mon Jul 10 21:13:46 MDT 2006


(Muchacha is a tabloid newspaper for mid-older teenaged girls and
younger adult women. It features articles on women in non-traditional
employment, hard political topics, as well as fashion ideas, and the
regular range of political themes covered in the Cuban media. Special
emphasis is made on the importance of women's self-esteem, always an
urgent issue in this age range, especially. It's published by the 
same collective which publishes MUJERES ("Women"), the monthly maga-
zine of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC)This article isn't online.)
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Muchacha Magazine 
Number 2 2006
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"The magazine for young women 
which doesn't exclude young men"
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ENCICLOGENDER

We Are Feminists 
by Ivette

You have most likely heard someone utter with a bit of reluctance,
and sometimes even with rejection the following expression, "I'm all
for women's equality, but I'm not a feminist! This is said to state a
position of principles that places the speaker on the other side of
the street.

Behind this statement hides mainly ignorance. There are those who
believe feminism means to be against men and therefore wish to
distance themselves from such a position.

However, what feminism opposes is male chauvinism - a backwards,
excluding and conservative ideology. There are other people who know
the essence of feminism but do not agree with it. This is a choice
that one may share or not, but is still present.

Feminism is a movement that pursues equal rights and opportunities
for men and women based on a cultural change that would modify gender
relations and question the roles women and men have been assigned in
different cultures and seeking to modify the economic and social
foundations starting with changes in the organization of the family,
work distribution and power.

Some scholars believe feminism started in the Renaissance, but most
place its origins in 1791 with the Declaration of Women Rights and
Citizenship, proclaimed by Olympia de Gouges, following the French
Revolution.

There is not only one feminism. There are different trends within the
movement, but they all seek to recover essential women rights. For
centuries women were totally excluded from public life and deprived
of legal rights. In other words: to be a woman and to be nothing was
the same thing. Feminism promoted a massive mobilization to demand
the right of women to vote, first in England, then in the United
States and later, step by step, in almost everywhere in the world,
their rights to education, to an equal standing within marriage, to
divorce, and to participate in public life. Feminism cannot be
isolated from its historical context. It is a movement that works to
conquer more justice among human beings.

To declare a feminist standing does not mean to have this or that
sexual orientation. It is a standing for progress, for a world of
equal opportunities and possibilities, a struggle --- far from over -
that has made you a better human being, not an object.





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