[Marxism] FYI - I suspect a lot of other Syrians feel the same way

Einde OCallaghan eindeoc at freenet.de
Tue Sep 6 01:54:38 MDT 2016

Am 05.09.2016 um 16:49 schrieb Dennis Brasky via Marxism:
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> How about the N word, homophobic words, anti-Muslim words? Are those OK in
> the attempt to "connect" to the (backward sections) of the working class
> and minority communities?? Sadly, his defending the most common
> misogynistic term has caused me to lose respect for Clay.
> On Mon, Sep 5, 2016 at 10:39 AM, Clay Claiborne via Marxism <
> marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
On this issue, I remember during the British Miners' Strike in 1984 on 
the firs tbig national demo there were 2 slogans raised by some miners 
on the first big national demo. One of the was "Ditch the bitch!", 
referring to Margaret Thatcher, and the other was "Get your tits out for 
the boys!" (the weather was very hot and many women were wearing summer 
tops). Women supporters of the miners didn't accept either slogan and 
there were many arguments on the demonstration that day where supporters 
of the strike (also many left-wing men) argued with these strikers about 
the use of demeaning language against women. These slogans were never 
used again on any of the later local and national demos.

Admittedly there were some (nearly all men) who argued that the first 
slogan was an expression of class hatred and the second was just a bit 
of playful banter, but it was perfectly correct for the comrades to 
challenge the sexism they expressed.

One other related issue - for years there'd been a campaign by 
socialists and feminists about the fact that every month in The Miner, 
the union paper, there was a topless picture of a miner's wife or girl 
friend. The editor argued that the women themsleves were queueing up to 
have they're pictures published. During the strike these pictures were 
dropped and never appeared in the paper again.

Accepting sexism in the working class in any form is just as divisive as 
accepting racism in any form and it's prefectly correct for socialists 
to take issue with both these expressions of backward ideas.

Einde O'Callaghan

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