The patriarchal binary and the agency of the voters

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It is true the USA female candidate lost. And it is true USA is a patriarchal society. It is also true, 99% of the time, we all vote in patriarchal societies.

USA is also a white led capitalist society. Two white candidates one man and one women. The woman lost! The man was awarded for being the living incarnation of white-supremacy.

As spectator from the peripheral perspective of my current living place (Sarajevo) I would say that there is nothing surprisingly in what happened. Continue reading “The patriarchal binary and the agency of the voters”

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Feminist politics of freedom of speech, V for Vendetta and bulletproofed ideas

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Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy. And ideas are bulletproof.

V, V for Vendetta

I loved V for Vendetta, the movie and I could recognize a younger myself in V’s speech. There is something compelling about bulletproof ideas that remain and that in time other people and other bodies will bring them forward. What we need to understand is that free speech is about ideas, while violence is always about bodies.

What legislators, advocates, regulators and policy-makers fail to see is the power of brutality and violence to silence and even to annihilate the body of the assaulted person. That it is virtual, does not make the attack any less real or painful. Our data selves and online bots inscribe our bodies in our physical realities with a terrific precision. The online is not virtual, virtuously removed from the body – it is inscribed in the same patriarchal world that will use any argument to silence diversity, while allegedly upholding free speech.

read Feminist politics of freedom of speech on GenderIT.org, Feminist talks

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Defending the Defenders: Short Review of Nobel Women’s Initiative Conference

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Originally published on: One World Platform, Womens rights

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Defending the defenders, Nobel Women’s Initiative Banner

A weekend in the Hague, in the average Balkans person mind is about crimes against humanity and International tribunal. However, this time it was about women’s human rights defenders and I had the privilege to attend and contribute by providing a workshop with Daysi Flores from Jass on Digital Security. Continue reading “Defending the Defenders: Short Review of Nobel Women’s Initiative Conference”

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