Marxism is often falsely purported as not reckoning with different forms of oppression; that it is innately ‘class reductionist’ – privileging class exploitation over other forms of oppression such as racism, sexism and LGBTQIAphobia, whose ravages it at least diminishes, if not ignores. This is a misconception as we will go on to show, irrespective of all the litany of mistakes of many left traditions on the question. I
The far-right claims they want to protect women’s sports by excluding transgender people. In reality, various sports federations, and far-right politicians, are trying to divert attention from the huge deficits and disinvestment in women’s sport. At the same time, they hope to score political points on the back of one of society’s most vulnerable groups.
It was the International Workers' of the World (IWW or "Wobblies") who first used the slogan "an injury to one is an injury to all". It encapsulated the underpinning principle that led the IWW to develop groundbreaking work. Against significant opposition from the other parts of the workers' movement, the IWW focused on organising workers in various sectors including those described as "unskilled". It was a development of historic proportions for the international workers' movement.
Unite Hospitality and Rosa have drawn together a charter against sexual harassment which puts demands on employers to ensure the safety of workers and customers.
As is the case for many young women today, my social media news feeds are increasingly flooded with videos of other women, mostly in their early 20’s, in floaty 50’s aesthetic dresses, with perfectly done makeup and hair whilst they bake, cook, or carry out domestic chores. These videos are normally captioned ‘a day in the life of a stay at home girlfriend’ or ‘ my life as a trad wife.’
There are many ways in which an article about violence against women and non-binary people on nights out could begin. I could list off the overwhelming statistics - that 97% of women between the ages of 18 and 24 have experienced sexual harassment, and that 96% don't report it. Or that reports of sexual assault in clubs in the UK reached a six year high in 2022. Or that 1 in 9 women were spiked on a night out after Covid lockdowns were lifted.
People of all genders took to the streets of Belfast City Centre on Saturday 4 March to come together and celebrate International Women’s Day. The rally included, for the first time since 2020, a march from Writers Square to City Hall.
The femicide of 23 year-old teacher Ashling Murphy on 12 January 2022, cutting a young life callously and brutally short, provoked a mass response. In a moment replete with profound sadness, anger and solidarity: anger at the social ill of men’s violence against women in all its forms; sadness for Ashling’s family, for the children in Ashling’s class who lost their teacher; tens of thousands, probably upwards of 100,000, congregated in countless vigils in every nook and cranny of the island in cities, towns, housing estates, a myriad of sporting clubs etc. The government felt under pressure and pledged “a zero-tolerance policy to tackle domestic, sexual and gender-based violence”. Nothing concrete has yet been delivered, however.
By Megan Stith BBC’s Panorama (27 Feb 2023) investigated the dark world of crisis pregnancy advice centres outside…
Rising rates of gender-based violence, harrowing femicides and the rise of misogynistic influencers such as Andrew Tate - the need for a socialist feminist fightback has never been clearer. Eva Martin describes the anti-capitalist feminist struggle which is necessary to end the exploitation and oppression of all.