Womyn’s Statement at Occupy Boston

The following statement was read by members of the Occupy Boston Womyn’s Caucus during the General Assembly on Saturday, November 18:

We, the womyn of Occupy Boston, are here to tell you that two months is far too long to have occupied without a feminist perspective.

Downwardly-mobile middle-class white men are finally realizing what womyn and people of color have known for too long. Capitalism is destructive. Capitalism oppresses and exploits. If you’re not talking about sexism and racism, you’re not talking about economic justice.

“A few bad apples” can’t exist without a community that condones their attitudes and behaviors. Oppressive language and behavior are an effort to limit our participation and silence our voice.

We chose to disrupt the GA because those with privilege have avoided spaces devoted to anti-oppression, when they are the ones who most need to hear this.

As the 99%, we must actively break down the systems which divide us.

Womyn have historically been the spine of social justice. We are the 52%, without us, revolution is impossible.

Via Occupy Boston

 

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  1. Will

    Feminism is a transformative politic, I understand the effort and do not mean this to disparage in any way, shape or form…but doesn’t this have the potential to break up the solidarity of the movement?…Its part of the social political fabric, I try to understand the power struggles that occur within G.A.’s –to see peoples interactions and see whether they really are listening to eachother. Many times I see those who would like to address sexism or another issue with an individual…they sometimes fall for hearing what they want to hear. Creating mutual ignorance. This essentially can rip apart the movement itself. My thoughts are Transcending the “isms” by focusing on the issues together can sweep through all forms of oppression. They become a sidenote to the problems of the world at large. (Which if you have been active they are dire) My fear is that politicizing the dialogue is counter productive and will cause your movement harm. If the person(s) have become aware of their idiosyncrasies or esteem issues hopefully they will come around. Have you found solutions to your interior communications?. Everyone’s important to the movement. Feminism is a transformative politic, but let self importance govern our decisions and area of focus and it can be equally destructive. I am thinking what we strive for is mutual respect and staying in touch with our humanity rather than separating into individualized political agendas. What if the men assembled and stood up against being disposable heroes in the military- Fighting wars for control of Oil? or the idea of being disposable in the movement itself?

    • Ignoring the ‘isms’ is exactly how social transformations end up peace-meal, partial, and readily reversible. Racism, Sexism, Classism, capitalism as we live it today, are all part of the issues we need to deal with precisely in order to transcend them. Thank you for the honest debate!

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