Presentation on theme: "Feminism – ”the missing dimension in an old political landscape”, our independent ideological point of departure."— Presentation transcript:
Feminism – ”the missing dimension in an old political landscape”, our independent ideological point of departure.
Feminism today: a growing and vibrant movement. The end of the backlash? Issues, strategies and successes of second and third wave feminism Women’s shelter movement Developments in Academia Activism: Cyber feminism and art State Feminism: Claiming political power Our allies Conclusion and discussion
No sign of a ’sterialized’ feminist ’movement without movement’ – quite the opposite: Every day, truly feminist articles are published in newspapers and online magazines Every week, a number of manifestations, seminars and conferences Feminist issues are highlighted in public and private theatres and museums, comics, music, performance art etc
The ”unhappy marriage” of marxism and feminism: critique of one dimensional class analysis Radical feminism: domestic and sexual violence on the agenda Childcare Abortion and contraceptives From 1975: the women’s shelter movement From 1980: political backlash but academic progress Strategies: Consciosness rising groups: ”The personal is political” Demonstrations in the streeets Separatism and emphasis on ”sisterhood”
Swedish second wave feminists claiming day care for all children and women’s liberation to be recognized as equally important to class struggle
A response to a decrease in female political representation Debates on the challenges of diversity: ”identity politics”, queer and lesbian critique of ”sisterhood” Feminst became a hip identity Feminist self defence, hotlines and empowerment centers for young girls: demands on bodily integrity Rise of state feminism: large governmental inquiries informed by feminist research Gender mainstreaming – and backlash Several important reforms: ”Daddy’s months” – towards equal parental responsibilities A new crime: gross violation of women’s integrity Criminalization of buying sex Consensus in Parliament on gender equality as political goal
Fittstim – an influential collection of angry, sad and funny testimonies from young Swedish feminists of the 1990-ies.
Equal representation in private, public and civil sector Economic equality throughout the life course Equal distribution of unpaid domestic and care work Ending of men’s violence against women
Cyber feminism: Young activists engage in debates online, share articles, films and images. Feminist page ”Supersnippan” has likes on facebook - more than any political party. Increased awareness of intersection sexism-racism-class oppression Racialized feminists taking initiatives Humour is an effective weapon
Activists dress August Strindberg in pink, as a protest against marginalization of female writers and artists.
Unions – especially for nurses, teachers and others working in female dominated and underpaid public sector Ecologists/Green movement Women’s shelter movement Anti-military/Peace movement Anti-racist organizations and Asylum right movement Children’s rights movement Organizations lobbying for rights of disabled people LGHBTQ-rights organizations
Pride parade in Stockholm 2012
Stockholm, October 2013: On our way to the Parliament, to deliver 13 political demands.
State feminism has been succesful in many respects – now is the time to step forward We are not demanding the right to exploit others and the planet like men do – we are questioning that norm and order Feminism is needed in Academia, civil society, arts as well as in political assemblies Demanding gender equality and social justice implies taking ourselves seriosly, using the rights and scope for action we have – thanks to our forerunners We owe it to our children