the army is cracking apart in Yemen, political defects galore

21.03.2011 § 1 Comment

60 per cent of the Yemeni army is allied with the protesters, politicians are joining. How much does this represent  a grab for power by a different political alliance? JURY’S OUT.

The Nothing says: Check out this LINK. excerpts below.

Several top Yemeni army commanders have declared their support for anti-government protesters seeking the resignation of the country’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Major General Ali Mohsen Saleh, the head of the north western military zone and the head of the first armoured division, said on Monday that he had deployed army units to protect the protesters…

several other commanders, among them Brigadier Hameed Al Koshebi, head of brigade 310 in Omran area, Brigadier Mohammed Ali Mohsen, head of the eastern division, Brigadier Nasser Eljahori, head of brigade 121, and General Ali Abdullaha Aliewa, adviser of the Yemeni supreme leader of the army, rallied behind Major General Saleh and defected…

Several ministers resigned from the government after Friday’s violence. Abdullah Alsaidi, Yemen’s ambassador to the United Nations, also quit in protest over the killings.

Huda al-Baan, Yemen’s human rights minister, said she had resigned from the government and the ruling party in protest over the sniper attack on demonstrators…

Earlier on Monday, the Yemeni ambassadors to Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt and China resigned from their posts. Some of the also resigned from Saleh’s ruling party.

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marx, workerism’s “community of women”, racist deployment of ‘promiscuity’ against alabama communists

17.03.2011 § Leave a comment

“Communism… in its first form is only a generalisation and consummation of it [of this relation]… It wants to disregard talent, etc., in an arbitrary manner. For it the sole purpose of life and existence is direct, physical possession.The category of the worker is not done away with, but extended to all men. The relationship of private property persists as the relationship of the community to the world of things. Finally, this movement of opposing universal private property to private property finds expression in the brutish form of opposing to marriage (certainly a form of exclusive private property) the community of women, in which a woman becomes a piece of communal and common property. It may be said that this idea of the community of women gives away the secret of this as yet completely crude
and thoughtless communism.[30] Just as woman passes from marriage to
general prostitution, [Prostitution is only a specific expression of the
general prostitution of the labourer, and since it is a relationship in
which falls not the prostitute alone, but also the one who prostitutes –
and the latter’s abomination is still greater – the capitalist, etc., also
comes under this head. – Note by Marx [31]] so the entire world of wealth
(that is, of man’s objective substance) passes from the relationship of
exclusive marriage with the owner of private property to a state of
universal prostitution with the community. This type of communism – since
it negates the personality of man in every sphere – is but the logical
expression of private property, which is this negation. ”

—- Marx’s Economic and Philosophicl Manuscrtipts of 1844, Section on Private Property and Communism

This Marx quote is really wild. He’s making an analogy between the bad conception of communism and the process of collectivising the appropriation of women. He argues that, saying communism means collectivizing property and labor, is the same as saying instead of marriage we should have a “community of women” to which men have unrestricted access (rather than private contracts).

He seems to be suggesting that the vulgar notion of communism would want to transform the central gender relation from marriage to generalized prostitution.

He’s critiquing the notion that the only problem with ‘property’ is that property belongs to an individual person. He’s like – do we really want to collectivize property? No, we want to abolish property relations completely. Marx’s comments on women in the EPM’s are rilly ambiguous and bizzarre, but interesting. Some seem really radical feminist, some seem totally backwards patriarchal. Seems they may be reconciled, but it takes work.

leopardi fortunati talks about this in the arcane of reproduction.

Interestingly enough, in the book Hammer and hoe: Alabama Communists during the Great Depression, the author writes:

From the outset the ILD [International Labor Defense, an org that defended Sacco and Vanzetti] was tainted by a peculiar myth that linked Communism to sexual promiscuity and miscegenation. In the South the word communism itself had a curiously explicit sexual connotation derived from stereotyped visions of nineteenth-century utopian communal societies, which suggested that notions of “free love” were integrally tied to communal living. Moreover, the presence of white women in an organization with even larger proportion of black men spurred Southern white imgainations…. black Communist Louise Thompson was handled in a similar manner in a Birmingham courtorom During cross-examination, both the prosecuting attorney and the judge “were inclined at first to make a joke of the affairs, taunting me about ‘my comrades,’ slyly alluding ito some intimate relationship with the men arrested with me.”

The belief that Commmunists intended to make women public property, available to all irrespective of race, served as a powerful buffer against Communism. Black men, it was suggested over and over again, were drawn to Communism because it meant having access to the dominant society’s greatest treasure — white women… Some of the Party’s detractors even suggested that the Communists planned to wage a sexual revolution alongside the class struggle. (p79)

more on MALE SABOTAGE of birth control, the myth of the “femme fertile”

16.03.2011 § Leave a comment

Leyla W. couldn’t figure out where her birth control pills kept going. One day a few tablets would be missing; the next, the whole container. Her then-boyfriend shrugged and said he hadn’t seen them. She believed him—until she found them in his drawer. When she confronted him, he hit her…

Despite his role in getting her pregnant, when Leyla decided she did not want to have an abortion, her boyfriend did a 180, screaming at her belly that he didn’t want the baby to live, threatening to “kick the baby out” of her stomach and even, one day, pushing her down a flight of stairs…

— From a really fascinating article over at the Nation,  “When Teen Pregnancy is No Accident”. Artfully shows that this insane abusive practice of sabotaging birth control is NOT about becoming fathers even at all! but about “control”:

Their goal: not to settle down as family men but rather to exert what is perhaps the most intimate, and lasting, form of control. (“Control” may also include attempts to force both pregnancy and abortion, even in the same relationship.)

It seems like this sets in relief really one of the biggest and most difficult questions for those of us trying to systematically understand patriarchy (that is, racial, patriarchal capitalism, or what have you) — how incredible it is that a social system can produce with such consistency these kinds of individualized control practices – can so regularly create men who are compelled to exert this kind of control in the most intimate of realms on women in their lives. It is not natural, it is not biological, but nonetheless has structured our lives so, so, so meticulously.

Leyla’s story turns a modern fable on its head: that of the woman—call her the femme fertile—who conspires to get pregnant, perhaps by “forgetting” to take her birth control pills, as a way to “trap a man” and force marriage—or at least keep him in her life. In reality, experts researchers on dating violence and unintended pregnancy say, it’s Leyla’s version of that story is all too common. Two new studies have quantified what advocates for young women’s health have observed for years: the striking frequency with which it is in fact young men who try to force their partners to get pregnant.

ALSO,
quite convenient that there hasn’t been made the FUCKING OBVIOUS connection between the abortion/reproductive rights crap and this crap. Like its always about ‘women dont have access to contraception or sex ed” and crap like that, but what about straight up male sabotage? that doesn’t sound so Planned Parenthood quotable.

fucking crap.

finally: this article barely mentions race&class, and  implies that perhaps this practice is cross-cutting and not confined to any particular demographfuckitic group. noteworthy

 

Comrade Suzyx comments further here.

Jobless recovery for women, not men… USA to the Middle East

16.03.2011 § Leave a comment

So recent data coming out showing that burden of unemployment are heavily borne by women. In the article about the “Arab world”, the trend is explained as follows: “Experts attribute this to social barriers and lower education levels.” In the US, it seems the cause is the male breadwinner stereotype. Hm.

In the US, out of every 5 people who lost their government jobs this year in the US, 4 were women!!! Yow! that makes 202,000 in total. And of all (nonfarm) jobs added to the US economy between Jan 2010 and Jan 2011, more than 95 percent went to men!! DIZAMN! “Even in the service sector, where women are overrepresented, only 99,000 new jobs went to women in the past year, while nearly 800,000, or eight of every nine, went to men. Women have lost 59,000 retail jobs since last year, while men grabbed 147,000”

Interesting is thiat in this article, the only speculation as to WHY this is the case is the following:
“These companies would rather lay off a woman whose husband is working than a man who’s a sole provider,” Serdjuk said. “I always felt like I was perceived as having a working husband, and throughout my working career, I’ve heard that remark.”
The Nothing just read Assembling Women by Teri Caraway, who analyzes economically how women are pushed in and out of work much more easily than men, and specifically shows how this kind of thing is how women are pushed out of higher-paying, more secure jobs. If women are able to enter a well paying, secure industry, when things get rough all the women are just fired, and men stay.
In her explanation of why, we see Caraway getting hte most foucaultian-discourse-y, because she argues that it is the sexist belief structure around jobs and employment held by employers that really makes the difference. While some of us nothings prefer not to explain things with discourse, clearly there is something to be understood here…
And for article about Arab Women and unemployment, which gives unemployment stats for women vs. men in a series of countries, click here.

Wisconsin Budget Battle Targets Women and People of Color

16.03.2011 § Leave a comment

We had been ruminating about this (click)…

The rhetoric being used by the governor and his supporters to discredit public workers is eerily similar to the campaign used against single mothers during the welfare debates of the 1990s. At that time, the right-wing mobilized public anger by pushing a manufactured image of an inner-city woman of color who gave birth for welfare checks and lived an undeserved life of comfort…

Most importantly, in both battles, women and people of color ultimately are the biggest losers, disproportionately affected by the budget cutting mania because they are more often employed in the public sector. Nationally, the public sector is the number one employer for African-American men and the number two employer for African-American women. Also on average nationally, women at the state and local levels make-up 52 percent and 61 percent respectively of public sector employees.

In Wisconsin Walker has specifically exempted the male-dominated firefighter and police unions, aiming his attack at predominantly female unions like the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the American Federation of Teachers. In addition, women, especially women of color, continue to earn less than men for the same work. Slashing salaries and benefit in sectors where women are concentrated has a profound effect on their economic power, particularly at a time when budget cuts threaten funding for women and family health programs such as Title V in Wisconsin and Title X nationally as well as state insurance programs for women and children.

The article ends on the following note… apparently this is supposed to be good, but we’re not sure…:

“The consequences are going to be gendered and raced, but the movement itself is not fractioning along those lines,” Collins says. “Right now the message is ‘this hurts us all.’”

read full article here.

 

 

 

“you don’t remember me, but I can recall you.” WISCONSIN MADNESS

10.03.2011 § Leave a comment

So WTF? Apparently the replubicans found a loophole so they could vote without the democrats who have fled wisconsin:

Republicans in Wisconsin’s state Senate passed Republican Governor Scott Walker’s “budget repair bill” on Wednesday night without the 14 Democrats who’d fled the state to block the vote. The vote was 18 to one, with Sen. Dale Schultz the lone “no” vote. The Republicans have taken the pieces of Walker’s legislation that affect unions—including eliminating bargaining rights for most public-sector unions—and made them into a separate bill which they claim they can pass without Democrats being present. Whether this is legal under Wisconsin’s constitution is unclear, and Democrats have decried the maneuver.

So then, like, hundreds of people mad rushed the capital and the police were like “uh, stop, oh okay go ahead”. That whole business is unclear. Now they’re occupying the capital. you can find a LIVE FEED HERE.

LOL: UPDATE: THEY HAVE CLOSED ALL THE BATHROOMS. central tactic against occupiers. Buckets people, we know you’re starting your bucket toilet operation as we speak….

Chants:

“WHOSE HOUSE – OUR HOUSE!”

“WE’RE! NOT! GOING AWAY!”

Conversation:

“… So, the cops let you in?!”

“I think… Someone got us in…”

Can a General Strike have a gender analysis? Can a General Strike help destroy white society? Plus: Austerity Stats!

09.03.2011 § 1 Comment

So there’v been sum posters done to push for general strike

 

Drooker for IWW

crimethinc

pretty one, anon?

But like, it also just so happens that the people who the cuts are targeting are women in general, black women in particular, and POC in general.  Should the form of the General Strike be adequate to this reality? Could it be?

Some people have been doing some sweet stats on this stuff. 23.3 percent of black women work in the public sector, the highest percentage of any group in the US, and so will be hit disproportionately. If we only look at states that are seriously in crisis, then the percentages go way up —

It’s hard to escape the fact that, in the states and localities with the biggest budget crunches (New Jersey, California, New York…) public employees are uniquely black.

Who are all these evil public workers? Black people.

appears that public sector job and benefit cuts will be centrally to women-dominated fields, while the fields most male-dominated are being generally left untouched:

If we focus on public sector employees at the local level, it becomes clear that women and their families will receive the brunt of the effects of these anti-union bills floating around state capitols in the Midwest. The most common occupation for local public sector women workers is elementary and middle school teachers (22 percent).  The most common occupation for local public sector male workers? Police and sheriff’s patrol officers, a group whose union representatives would be excluded from proposed legislation.

Whats at Stake for Women Workers in Wisconsin

see also:

Attack on Public Employees Deals a Sharp Blow to Blacks

thorough statistical report on Women and Men’s employment in the public sector: Women and Men in the Public Sector

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