Link Roundup #1: Wild (femme) Gender, Voltarine, Piracy

I’m going to instigate posting link roundups every few weeks, just because what goes through my life, and so my browser, is random as heck *and* I want to hoard-yet-share the places I’ve been. Here goes:

1. Feedback from the Femme Week of Action across the continent! Philly femme artist [and Heels on Wheels Roadshow member] Adelaide Windsome writes about the Philadelphia event. and includes really jello*-inducing pictures.

2. When talented folks write about their foremothers. I swooned over “,” written by Chris Crass, about the brilliant and fierce 19th/early 20th C. lady anarchist, feminist and organizer Voltairne de Cleyre. My anarchist friends realize this is badass on a meta-level, but to translate for the rest of you, its like June Jordan writing about Phillis Wheatley; like Ginsburg writing about Rimbaud; like Thisway/Thataway writing about Gladys Bentley. Different eras, similar work, exciting to see that the connections are made.

Crass writes, in “Let Our Mothers Show the Way” from the book Reinventing Anarchy, Again, Elaine Leeder analyzes the importance of anarchist women in the development of anarchist thought. Leeder writes, “Anarchist women believed that changes in society had to occur in the economic and political spheres but their emphasis was also on the personal and psychological dimensions of life. They believed that changes in the personal aspects of life, such as families, children, sex, should be viewed as political activity. This is a new dimension that was added to anarchist theory by the women at the turn of the century.” Leeder points out that anarchist women “helped bring the domestic sphere of life within the anarchist tradition” thus they “built upon” the largely male defined anarchist tradition.
The struggle for sexual equality in society generally and in the anarchist movement particularly was carried out by many different women, but the two that made the deepest impressions were Voltairine de Cleyre and Emma Goldman…”

3. Piracy We Like: “If you support piracy, you should support looting.” What do these terms mean in a digital age? This article helps unpack rivlarous and nonrilvalrous goods [limited and unlimited quantities, basically] and starts to argue for piracy as a challenge to existing property rights — which, when ownership of “culture” is at an all-time high, individuals’ rights to build off existing works is being nullified, and most people can’t afford to take either a corporation to court for it’s aggressive use of copyright or to “protect” their own ideas, it’s about time we found new, creative, and revised ways to think about how to share, credit, and promote the world of cultural produciton and ideas. Enter: piracy.

*jello — the friendlier way to say “jealousy.”

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