The recent backlash in Europe and the US is not only a danger to all who are subject to racist discrimination but also to women*1 and/or LGBT*IQ2. In view of the German parliamentary elections we fear the intensification of anti-feminist politics. Some delegates of the Christian Democratic Union are already promoting the idea of a coalition with the Alternative for Germany that proclaims that „the family of father, mother and children as society‘s core […] has to again become the center of family politics.“ After similar developments in Poland and the US we can expect the German state led by the Right to try to secure its control over women*‘s bodies and push women back into their allegedly natural maternal role, e.g. by complicating the access to abortions. Björn Höcke‘s talk of „Gender Mainstreaming“ as „harmful, expensive, tax-funded social experiments aiming at the elimination of the natural gender order“ leaves no doubt that there is no place for people outside the norm of the heterosexual union of man and woman in the society the Right longs for.
At the same time we wouldn’t even need another conservative backlash to be fighting the prevalent conditions with all we have. Street Harassment, sexual assaults, the casual disposition of women*’s bodies, victim blaming and the defending of abusers are part of a structural problem called “rape culture”. A recent example for that gaining notoriety was the lawsuit against Gina-Lisa Lohfink. Apart from that, women still earn 22% less than men while they take care of most of the unpaid care and domestic work. LGBT*IQ are still discriminated against both economically and legally and face verbal and physical abuse.
Having the upcoming election in mind, amid a European and US-American backlash, feminist fights must be fought. Achievements have to be won and protected against the Right‘s reactionairy images of sex and gender, against racist usurpation, against everyday rape culture, against the conditions of patriarchal capitalism, against heteronormativity and the state. The Feminist Fight Day stands not only for every girl*‘s, woman*‘s and LGBT*IQ person‘s legal, political and economical equality and right to self-determination, education, physical integrity and sexual liberty: we also fight for a society free of exploitation and oppression! Solidary, critical and offensive, against the existing relations!
Start girl*gangs! Everybody – go get organized!
For an anti-racist, anti-capitalist, queer feminism!
1 We asterisk words like „woman“ and „man“ to indicate that these are social contructions, not constant biological truths. Writing from the perspective of agents who consider gender and sex to be biologically defined, e.g., when we quote statistics or the Right, we omit the asterisk.
2 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans(-gender, -sexual, etc.), Queer and Intersex
3 Heteronormativity is the belief that people fall into distinct and complementary genders (man and woman) with natural roles in life. It assumes that heterosexuality is the only sexual orientation.