Spinning And Weaving
Radical Feminism for the 21st Century
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In the 21st century, radical feminist theory and activism is more important than ever. Exciting new radical feminist theory is being shared online, only to be buried by the evanescent nature of the internet. Hence, this new anthology, which brings together the best in contemporary radical feminist thought. Spinning and Weaving: Radical Feminism for the 21st Century seeks to raise up the voices of women around the world writing or creating from a radical feminist perspective, including scholars, journalists, political activists and organizers, bloggers, writers, poets, artists, and independent thinkers. This anthology especially seeks to amplify the voices of Women of Color, who are most likely to be silenced, marginalized, or ignored, and their experience denied or minimized. Relevant to contemporary radical feminism, this collection explores themes around the intersection of sex, race, and other axes of oppression; violence against women and girls; sex trafficking and the sex industry; pornography; sexuality; lesbian feminism; the environment; political activism; feminist organizing; women-only spaces and events; liberal versus radical feminism; transgenderism; and many other topics of interest and import to radical feminist theory and practice.

Spinning and Weaving’s Contributing Editor, Elizabeth Miller, is a Chicago feminist activist who runs the Chicago Feminist Salon and co-organized the Women in Media Conference, a radical feminist conference held in Chicago in 2018. In recent years, she worked on the successful campaigns to get the U.S. Equal Rights Amendment ratified in Illinois and to enact Illinois House Bill 40, which ensured that abortion will remain legal in Illinois even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Among other projects, she is currently working with the U.S. radical feminist organization Feminists in Struggle to lobby Congress to pass legislation protecting women’s sex-based rights and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and gender non-conforming people, organizing two other radical feminist conferences in the United States, and running several large radical feminist social media pages and groups.

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Table of Contents

DEDICATION

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

A Note on the Text

 

Introduction: Radical Feminism for the 21st Century and Beyond

                        Elizabeth Miller

 

PART I: FOUNDATIONAL RADICAL FEMINIST THEORY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

 

Chapter 1:     On Twenty-First Century Patriarchy, and the Place of Women's Hearts in Women's Movement

                        Renee Gerlich

 

Chapter 2:     Radical Feminist Activism in the 21st Century

                        Janice G. Raymond

 

Chapter 3:     Radical Feminism: The Survival of Women

                        Tamarack Verrall

 

Chapter 4:     Radical Feminism and the Actualization of Woman

                        Brid

 

Chapter 5:     “Feminism Allowed You to Speak”: Reinforcing Intergenerational Feminist Solidarity Against Sophisticated Attacks

                        Yagmur Uygarkizi

 

Chapter 6:     Therapeutic Ideology as a Way of Bringing Women Back Two Hundred Years 

                        Dana Vitálošová

 

Chapter 7:     Ecocide, Biocide, Femicide… Omnicide. The Final Stage of Patriarchy

                        Agnes Wade

 

Chapter 8:     Female Separatism: The Feminist Solution

                        Sekhmet She-Owl

 

Chapter 9:     To My Radical Feminist Sisters

                        Jessica Taylor

 

Chapter 10:    Self & Sisterhood in a Narcissistic World

                        Thistle Pettersen

 

PART II: INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISM

 

Chapter 11:   Women Aren’t Men: A Radical Feminist Analysis of Indigenous Gender Politics

                        Cherry Smiley

 

Chapter 12:   Intersectionality Hijacked

                        Raquel Rosario Sánchez

 

Chapter 13:   Oil and Water: Young Migrant Women and the Promises of Liberal Feminism

                       Bec Wonders

 

Chapter 14:    #SayHerName Speaks Out—Are You Listening?: Intersectionality in the Era of Erasure

                        Danielle Whitaker

 

Chapter 15:   Racy Sex, Sexy Racism: Porn from the Dark Side

                        Gail Dines


PART III: PORNOGRAPHY AND PROSTITUTION AS OPPRESSION OF WOMEN

 

Chapter 16:   Harm and Its Denial: Sex Buyers, Pimps, and the Politics of Prostitution, with Particular Attention to German Legal                  Prostitution

                        Melissa Farley and Inge Kleine

 

Chapter 17:   “But What About Feminist Porn?”: Examining the Work of Tristan Taormino

                        Rebecca Whisnant

 

Chapter 18:   Andrea Dworkin: Teller of Hard Truths

                        Janice G. Raymond and H. Patricia Hynes

 

Chapter 19:   Genderberg Prostitution FAQ and Prostitution Is Not Work: The Crib Sheet

                        Samantha Berg

 

Chapter 20:   “The Handmaid’s Tale” Offers a Terrifying Warning, But the Hijacking of Feminism is Just as Dangerous

                        Gail Dines

 

PART IV: LESBIAN RADICAL FEMINISM

 

Chapter 21:   From Bars to Parades to Michfest and Beyond: Lesbian Feminist Organizing and Women-Only Space

                        Tamarack Verrall

 

Chapter 22:   Lesbians Are Under Attack

                        BigBooButch (a.k.a. Parker Wolf)

 

Chapter 23:   My Year on Planet Lesbian

                        Giovanna Capone

 

Chapter 24:   Shaming the Butches

                        Tristan Fox

 

Chapter 25:   The Last Tomboy

                        Tristan Fox

 

Chapter 26:   We Were Once Amazons: Mourning and Rebuilding Our Lost Lesbian-Feminist Communities

                        Ann E. Menasche

 

PART V: WOMEN’S SEXUALITY AS A RADICAL FEMINIST ISSUE

 

Chapter 27:   Understanding Heterosexuality: “Eroticising Subordination” and Colonisation, A Lesbian Feminist Perspective

                        Angela C. Wild

 

Chapter 28:   My Sex-Positive Memoirs: How I Learned to Stop Drinking Kool-Aid And Start Judging

                        Nina Paley

 

PART VI: ONLINE EXPLOITATION AND OPPRESSION OF WOMEN

 

Chapter 29:   Creative Control: Woman as Intellectual Property

                       Genevieve Gluck

 

Chapter 30:   A Chatroom of Our Own: Building Online Spaces by and For Women in the Era of Big Tech Censorship

                        M. K. Fain

 

PART VII: “TRANSGENDER” POLITICS AND THE MEN’S SEXUAL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

 

Chapter 31:   Against a Hierarchy of Oppressions

                        Linda Bellos

 

Chapter 32:    Birth of a Radical Feminist

                        Jamae Hawkins

 

Chapter 33:   Yes, Women Have Vaginas. But That Is Not the Sum Total of What We Are

                        The Chicago Feminist Salon

 

Chapter 34:   Men’s Sexual Rights versus Women’s Sex-Based Rights

                        Sheila Jeffreys

 

Chapter 35:   Symptoms as Symbols

                        Lisa Marchiano

                       

Chapter 36:   Queer Politics

                        Sheila Jeffreys

 

Chapter 37:   Gender Colonialism

                        Nina Paley

 

Chapter 38:   A New Radical Feminist Approach to Challenging Gender Identity Ideology: The Feminist Amendments to the U.S. Equality Act

                        Ann E. Menasche

 

PART VIII: RADICAL FEMINIST FICTION, POETRY, PLAYS, MEMOIR, AND LITERARY ANALYSIS

 

Chapter 39:   The Power of Sisterhood Voices

                        Alyssa Ahrabare

 

Chapter 40:   Endangered = at risk

                        Giovanna Capone

 

Chapter 41:   The Parents

                        Nineveh Cehack

 

Chapter 42:   eternal until you are full

                        Tristan Fox

 

Chapter 43:   Passionate Stone

                        Tristan Fox

 

Chapter 44:   Who Wins the War of Love in Shakespearian England?

                        Julia Miller