“On the contrary, the male has a vested interest in ignorance; it gives the few knowledgeable men a decided edge on the unknowledgeable ones, and besides, the male knows that an enlightened, aware female population will mean the end of him. The healthy, conceited female wants the company of equals whom she can respect and groove on; the male and the sick, insecure, unself-confident male female crave the company of worms.”
“Life in this society being at best an utter bore and no aspect of society being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and eliminate the male sex.”
I hope you all are having a wonderfully feminist start to Women’s History Month. Here at the office, the other interns and I are super excited about all that’s been going on with the Press. Just a few days ago, Monica Zgustova’s incredible novel The Silent Woman arrived, which we enthusiastically recommend to anyone interested in European history and/or beautiful, heartrending love stories (…which I’m pretty sure includes every person ever, so yeah, do it!).
Speaking of inspiring, life-altering stories, we interns are anxiously awaiting the April 1st release of the newest FP book Valerie Solanas: The Defiant Life of the Woman Who Wrote SCUM (and Shot Andy Warhol). The biography, written by Breanne Fahs, is the first one ever to focus on Solanas, one of the most important figures in the history of radical feminism. Known primarily for her trenchant, biting SCUM Manifesto, and as being the woman who infamously shot Andy Warhol, the biography provides crucial information into Valerie’s world— a world that is simultaneously compelling and eerily dark, a world that is entirely her own.
Thus, in light of our brimming excitement and eagerness for such an important text to be released into the world (and hopefully into your own curious hands!), we’ve decided to use the month leading up to the book’s release (and Valerie’s upcoming birthday on April 9th!) to help introduce you to the radically feminist & powerful world of Valerie. Therefore, over the next month, we are going to be posting some of the most influential and thought-provoking Valerie tidbits, mostly in the form of her writing. Because, foremost, Valerie was a writer. Like many of us, the written world was the ultimate forum for Valerie’s feminism, her way of channeling injustices into action.
We hope you’ll join us in this conversation. Perhaps Valerie’s words will inspire your own— for here at the Press, we’d love to hear them, engage with them, and learn from them. Let’s use this Women’s History Month to learn not only from the ever-relevant Valerie, but also from each other.
Held every year on March 3, International Sex Worker Rights Day began in India in 2001. Its original organizers were the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, based in Calcutta, and the day began when 25,000 sex workers came together for a festival. It is a day sorely needed in a society where…
How unjust that the LGBQT community cannot march in New York’s St. Patricks day parade with banners. Although I am Irish and this is a big day back home, I refuse to be associated with an event that discriminates. Thank you to Mayor De Blasio and Minister Joan Burton for supporting the rights of New York’s citizens.
Have you ever noticed how violent our language is? Even when we aren’t even talking about anything inherently violent itself? You’ve probably also noticed that that’s a lot of sexual violence. This language might seem unimportant or coincidental, but our language shapes the way we see our world. So how can every one of us work to stop using language derived from sexual violation?
Trans* people have experienced exclusion, hate speech, threats, and harassment at the hands of the feminist movement — and that is truly tragic. Trans* issues are feminist issues. And if we are to build an intersectional and effective feminist movement, it is imperative that we work to make feminism not just trans-inclusive, but a movement that places trans* voices and experiences at the center.
First of all, I apologize for the delay in writing this post!
My name is Ash, I am originally from Dublin, Ireland but have now lived in NYC for 3 months- what an exciting time its been! I am one of the six spring interns at the Feminist Press. I have a BA in English and Sociology from University College Dublin, and an MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture from the same college.
I was thrilled to get this internship because it incorporates reading, editing, writing and publishing all in one, and what the Feminist Press stands for as an organization is amazing and unique. I love to travel, meet new people, socialize with friends, and I am always on the look-out for new cool places to visit in this city. I am really looking forward to reading all your posts and hopefully you will all be interested in ours :)
Members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot say they were beaten by security officials in Sochi as they tried to film a music video.
A YouTube video of the new incident shows band members arriving at the port, surrounded by photographers. The women don ski masks in front of a Sochi 2014 sign and, as they began to perform, one band member is immediately pepper sprayed at close range by a man wearing the traditional headgear of the Cossacks.
“‘Men get raped and molested,’ should be a whole sentence. If you have to tack on the word ‘too,’ then you’re using the experience of male victims to silence females instead of giving them their own space.”—(via goldenphoenixgirl)
“We grow up being told that anger is bad. Good girls do not express their anger, good girls play nice, they accommodate, they please. It is time we start looking at anger differently. Why are we so bent on suppressing this anger when for so many, it is the only emotion left in the face of injustice? Why should young women appear compliant and docile when they are obviously being subjected to violence or inequity? Why shouldn’t anger be a legitimate drive for our politics? Change will not come because we ask for permission, change will happen because we leave no other alternative.”—Flavia Dzodan (one of our favourite people ever)
From a young age, boys are bombarded with images of the traditional model of masculinity as being strong, ready to fight, sexually entitled, and emotionless except for anger. And while many men aren’t violent, many fear being called “gay” or “girly” if they deviate from that norm too much. Here’s some ways to help your son develop his own sense of healthy masculinity.
“In the U.S., where ninety-six percent of the reported perpetrators of rape are white, eighty percent of the men in prison for rape are black.”—Joseph Weinberg & Michael Biernbaum, Conversations of Consent: Sexual Intimacy without Sexual Assault (via cocknbull)