Challenges and Possibilities for Political Feminism: The Case of Sweden. Linnéa Bruno Feministiskt initiativ. Feminism – ”the missing dimension in an old political landscape”, our independent ideological point of departure . Outline.
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Feminism – ”the missing dimension in an oldpolitical landscape”, our independent ideologicalpoint of departure.
No sign of a ’sterialized’ feminist ’movementwithoutmovement’ – quite the opposite:
Everyday, truly feminist articles are published in newspapers and online magazines
Everyweek, a number of manifestations, seminars and conferences
Feminist issues are highlighted in public and private theatres and museums, comics, music, performance art etc
The ”unhappymarriage” of marxism and feminism: critique of onedimensionalclassanalysis
Radical feminism: domestic and sexualviolence on the agenda
Abortion and contraceptives
From 1975: the women’ssheltermovement
From 1980: political backlash butacademic progress
Consciosnessrisinggroups: ”The personal is political”
Demonstrations in the streeets
Separatism and emphasis on ”sisterhood”
Swedish second wave feminists claimingdaycare for all children and women’sliberation to be recognized as equallyimportant to classstruggle
A response to a decrease in femalepolitical representation
Debates on the challenges of diversity: ”identitypolitics”, queer and lesbian critique of ”sisterhood”
Feminstbecame a hipidentity
Feminist selfdefence, hotlines and empowermentcenters for younggirls: demands on bodilyintegrity
Rise of state feminism: largegovernmentalinquiriesinformed by feminist research
Gendermainstreaming – and backlash
”Daddy’smonths” – towardsequal parental responsibilities
A new crime: gross violation of women’sintegrity
Criminalization of buying sex
Consensus in Parliament on genderequality as politicalgoal
Fittstim – an influentialcollection of angry, sad and funnytestimonies from young Swedish feminists of the 1990-ies.
GenderEquality – an explicit politicalgoal in Sweden”Women and men shallhave the same power to shape society and theirownlives”
Young activistsengage in debates online, sharearticles, films and images.
Feminist page ”Supersnippan” has 36 000 likes on facebook - morethananypolitical party.
Activists dress August Strindberg in pink, as a protest againstmarginalization of femalewriters and artists.
Unions – especially for nurses, teachers and othersworking in femaledominated and underpaid public sector
Anti-racistorganizations and Asylum right movement
Children’s rights movement
Organizations lobbying for rights of disabledpeople
Stockholm, October 2013: On ourway to the Parliament, to deliver 13 politicaldemands.