[Marxism] The left's abandonment of females - CounterPunch

Sheldon Ranz sranz18 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 4 18:46:47 MDT 2016


Julian Vigo, along with Gail Dines and Robert Jensen, is a regular
anti-porn figure at Counterpunch. She specializes in ecofeminist
transphobia. She assumes that all women in general share her opinion of the
sex industry.

Jeremy Corbyn endorsed Amnesty International's recent call for
decriminalization of prostitution, as have many left women feminists who do
not bow and scrape before the shadow of Andrea Dworkin.

On Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 12:45 PM, Dennis Brasky via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> There is a pattern among many leftist publications
> <https://medium.com/@julian.vigo/cyber-trolls-and-the-
> ineluctability-of-online-abuse-8ab2ab460ea0#.b4pqnhg3j>
> which
> consider themselves to be “anti-sexist
> <https://www.jacobinmag.com/2011/01/let-them-eat-diversity/>” to engage in
> patently sexist practices by shifting away from from issues
> <http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=11520> that specifically affect women or
> by taking sides in debates where women’s bodies and lives are suddenly
> rendered commodity.  Suddenly the tone of what is acceptable historical
> materialism shifts radically when women are pointing out issues that
> pertain to their reality.  Quite suddenly there is no room for debate and
> where there is a need for discussion about issues that directly effect
> women, the left is largely abandoning the voices of women as both political
> constituents and political thinkers.
>
> In recent years there has been one attempt after another another to shut
> down any debate when it comes to identity politics and we have moved from
> Descartes’ *cogito ergo sum* to *I feel therefore shut the fuck up*. And
> this trend can be seen across the board with callout culture
> <https://rosswolfe.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/
> sebastian-budgen-burn-notice-against-ross-wolfe-lol.pdf>
> persisting
> from sub-factions of the left which in turn results in the likes of certain
> writers publishing astute critiques
> <https://thecharnelhouse.org/2014/02/15/capitalism-facebook-and-the-
> accommodation-of-difference/>
>  of identity politics
> <https://thecharnelhouse.org/2013/11/01/on-the-term-identitarian/>, only
> to
> suddenly change course when it comes to gender and the inclusion of
> women’s voices.  As abortion rights in the US are in stiff regression and
> violence against females is increasing across the planet, women who have
> quite a bit at stake in the current political climate often find themselves
> at odds with the leftist political landscape.  Specficall the United
> Kingdom and other anglophone countries, even as there is a growing parallel
> movement that is directly addressing materialism and patriarchy
> <http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=8502>.
>
> As the oppression of women is tied to the material reality of being female
> and not a product of that being female, feminist politics over the decades
> have been sidelined and resultantly women have been mostly abandoned by the
> left *specifically when it comes to gender. *Where the left traditionally
> rebuked identity politics, today selfhood is often embraced by the left as
> of a collection of personality traits *cum*political ideology.  Scholar and
> feminist activist Jasmine Curcio
> <http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=8502>addresses
> this polemic and the domination of men in leftist politics, especially
> around issues pertaining to feminism:
>
> And so many years on, feminist discussions around the left continue to be
> subtly dominated by men and their perspective, with the aid of theoretical
> frameworks that marked disdain towards feminism in decades past. Men have
> become gatekeepers of feminist discussion, and many debates take place with
> ignorance, disdain, and sometimes subtle tactics of bullying. Phenomena
> that lie outside of the bourgeois-proletarian contradiction are not really
> taken on board as material facts, but either made to fit with constructed
> orthodoxy or they are discarded.
>
> Paradoxically, when women point this out, the reality of sexism bites back
> and they are regarded as “bitches,” “whores,” and even shut down both on
> social media and in public forums.  And after this interview ran, Curcio
> received a substantial backlash of attacks, stating,  “That interview
> stirred up some snide comments and some slander from men I had never met
> —the worst misogynist stuff was moderated.”  The tautological nature of
> sexism leaves women unable to speak for herself without being caste within
> age-old frameworks for understanding her as nasty,  non-nurturing,
> unnatural, and even man-hating.  And this translates quite seamlessly to
> current political bodies and debates within the left today.
>
> full - http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/04/the-lefts-abandon-
> of-females/
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