Monday, December 15, 2008

A Little Herstory: a radical feminist's response to sexism  

Here's what I'm thinking.

As wonderful as modern feminists are, we often forget to study and appreciate our roots. There were so many amazing women of the 1st and 2nd waves who laid the foundation for activism today. We owe them so much. Once in awhile, I want to post some feminist herstory literature. I highly advise reading them; the women of the past can be an extraordinary inspiration to us.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Rat was a leading leftist newspaper in New York City. However, the paper was plagued with inherent sexism and oppressive hierarchies, and this led a group of women who worked at Rat to take over the paper and convert it into a feminist newspaper. In the first issue, Robin Morgan contributed her ground-breaking radical feminist piece "Goodbye to All That," in which she harshly criticized sexism and oppression.

Thirty-eight years later, Robin Morgan wrote "Goodbye to All That No. 2," which scolded all the appalling sexism and racism surrounding the 2008 election.

Her pieces are well worth reading. She says everything that every feminist wants to say, but can't find the exact right words to say it.

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