Radical media, politics and culture.


"Oregon County Bans All Marriages"


Confused by the twists and turns of the US gay marriage issue, Oregon's Benton County has decided to err on the side of caution and ban all weddings.

Until the state decides who can and cannot wed, officials in the county have said no-one can marry — even heterosexual couples.

hydrarchist writes: "pinched from the excellent resource endpage".

"Sex, Race and Class"

Selma James

There has been enough confusion generated when sex, race and class have confronted each other as separate and even conflicting entities. That they are separate entities is self-evident. That they have proven themselves to be not separate, inseparable, is harder to discern. Yet if sex and race are pulled away from class, virtually all that remains is the truncated, provincial, sectarian politics of the white male metropolitan Left.

"Egypt's Leading Feminist Unveils Her Thoughts"

Ahmed Nassef Interviews Nawal El Saadawi

[In an interview with Women's eNews, prominent feminist and
human rights activist Nawal El Saadawi discusses the current
crisis of Egyptian feminism and the role of progressive
activists living under repressive Arab regimes.]

CAIRO, Egypt --The subject of this interview, Dr. Nawal El Saadawi, one of the most well-known feminists
and political dissidents in the Arab world, was born in 1931
in Kafr Tahla, a small village north of Cairo.

A psychiatrist by training, she first rose to international
prominence with her 1972 book, "Women and Sex," which dealt
with the taboo topic of women's sexuality and led to her
dismissal as Egypt's director of public health. She also lost
her positions as the chief editor of the medical journal,
Health, and as the assistant general secretary of the
Egyptian Medical Association. Since then, her many books and
novels, most focusing on issues of Arab and Muslim women and
sexuality within the context of repressive religious
authority and tradition, have made her the target of both
Egypt's secular regimes and the Muslim religious

"Feminism: A Male Anarchist's Perspective"

Pendleton Vandiver

"I myself have never been able to find out what
feminism is: I only know that people call me a
feminist whenever I express sentiments that
differentiate me from a doormat" --Rebecca West, The Clarion, 1913

Most people in the current anarchist milieu -- female
or male -- would disagree, at least in principle, with
most of the following statements: there
are two immutable and natural categories under which
all humans are classified: male and female. A male
human being is a man, and a female human being is a
woman. Women are inherently inferior to men. Men are
smarter and stronger than women; women are more
emotional and delicate. Women exist for
the benefit of men. If a man demands sex from his
wife, it is her duty to oblige him, whether she wants
to or not. A man may force a woman to have sex
with him, as long as he has a very good reason for
making this demand. Humans are to be conceived of, in
the universal sense, as male ("man"), and only
referred to as female when one is speaking of
particular individuals. Women are a form of property.
To demand rights for women is tantamount to demanding
rights for animals and just as absurd.

Come celebrate the NEW YORK CITY launch of:


A subRosa Book. Edited by Maria
Fernandez, Faith Wilding and Michelle M. Wright.

Published by Autonomedia, Brooklyn, NY, 2003.

Bluestockings Bookstore,

172 Allen Street, Manhattan, NY


Sunday, November 9th, 2003, 7-9 PM

DOMAIN ERRORS! Co-editor, and subRosa member Faith Wilding will be on hand to
give a short presentation:"What is Tactical Cyberfeminism? outlining the
various areas of investigation of the book, and showing examples of the work of
subRosa--with video amplification.
Books and refreshments will be available.

November 9, 2003

Anonymous Comrade submits
Tandem Surfing the Third Wave: Part 3, interview with

Ryan Griffis

This interview was conducted between subRosa and Ryan
Griffis via email correspondence during the first half
of 2003.

subRosa is an artists collective that produces
performative and new media projects that critique the
relationships between digital technologies,
biotechnologies and women's bodies/lives/work. subRosa
was initiated in the fall of 1998 as a project at the
STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, from which it has evolved
into its current form, a collective of five women
dispersed throughout the US. A new book, Domain
Errors: Cyberfeminist Practices,
edited by Faith
Wilding, Michelle Wright and Maria Fernandez, was
recently released by the group and published by
Autonomedia Books. subRosa can be found on the Web at


RG: Could you briefly discuss cyberfeminism and how it
relates to other historical versions of feminism and
critical theory?

Anonymous Comrade submits:

"Queer Theory in a Nutshell"

Jackie Susann

Queer theory is the academic discourse that has largely
replaced what used to be called gay and lesbian studies. The
term was coined by Teresa de Lauretis for "a working
conference on theorisising gay and lesbian sexualities that was
held at the University of California, Santa Cruz in February 1990".
The word queer has since come to be pretty much synonymous
with gay and lesbian (or maybe just gay male) but at the time
one of its main advantages was seen as its inclusiveness:
queer covered gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, trans people,
sadomasochists and a potentially endless list of others
somehow marginalised by their sexuality.

"Allies, Who Aren't"

RAMBL (Revolutionary Anarchist Mom and Baby League), April 09, 2003

The radical environmental movement in the US is losing the next generation
of families by labeling family issues as irrelevant and failing to see how
parenting is a part of the revolution and kids are the next revolutionaries.
We're frustrated when the movement for social justice steals our ability as
mothers to continue to work as organizers and artists, while whining that
not enough parents care about social reforms. We're tired of activists
wondering where all the parents are when we're sitting at home with no
money, no transportation and no childcare. That is why we have formed the
Revolutionary Anarchist Mom and Baby League (RAMBL) to address these issues.

hydrarchist writes "Crimethinc Women's Book Project


We are working on a new Crimethinc book by women, about women, and for
everybody. This is not a book about gender, although gender will be
addressed: this is a big shaggy compendium of inspiring, useful,
thought-provoking writing and art about all the things that we as radical
anarchist women are interested in.

Like what?

Community building, trainhopping, anti-racism, love, how to construct a log
cabin, how to alter a billboard, how to start a collective, aging, DIY mental
health, badass women throughout history, patriarchy, childbirth, pornography,
sewing, capitalism, basically anything you've ever wished you could find in a
book like this. And that?s exactly where you come in: we won't know what
belongs in the book until you send it to us...

Fellowship Opportunities at Five College Women's Studies Research Center

A collaborative project of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and
Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Center invites applications for its Research Associateships for
2003-2004 from scholars and teachers at all levels of the educational
system, as well as from artists, community organizers and political
activists, both local and international.


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