FOR A GENDER-CRITICAL AND ABOLITIONIST FEMINISM.

by MUJERES POR LA ABOLICIÓN, Spain  

BANNIÈRE SOY ABLICIONISTA

Given the events that have occurred in recent days after the 16th Jornadas of the Rosario de Acuña School of Feminism conference, and in response to the various articles and unfounded manifestos that are circulating since that time, we are publishing this document on the basis of the following reasons:

—During the Jornadas, the practical, political and legal implications of the institutionalization of ideas derived from queer theory were presented. Queer theory, as seen in other countries, tries to convince us that men can also be women, just by saying so. This eliminates the reality of women, and with that, denies the fact that we are oppressed for being born with a female sex, sold, raped, made pregnant against our will, or murdered for being women. It erases us from the laws that protect us, invades our safe spaces, and even forbids us from talking about our own anatomy, alleging “hate crime”. One of these results is identity laws that threaten women’s rights and legal security: a position developed in the following video by the compañeras of the collective “Somos la mitad”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQdcluY1D98&t=5s=LQdcluY1D98&t=5s

—It was debated whether the postulates of queer theory are feminist or not. The speakers, based on different arguments, explained why they do not consider queer theory to be a feminist theory. Out of ideological coherence and respect for feminist genealogy, it is an obligation of the feminist movement to debate and conclude whether the ideas that claim to be feminist are indeed feminist, and this is what has been done in the Jornadas. As one of our great theorists, Ana de Miguel, says: “feminism cannot be the only theory in which a statement is worth the same as its opposite.”

—The classical feminist conceptualization of the analytical category of “gender” was defended as a socio-cultural construct that establishes roles based on sex and articulates sexual hierarchy, as opposed to the queer postmodern conceptualization that defines gender as an identity or personality category.

—During the Conference of the Rosario de Acuña Feminist School, the speakers and participants from the public debated, argued and confronted ideas. In no case were transsexual people belittled or humiliated. All recognized the discrimination suffered by the transsexual community and condemned it without equivocation, differentiating this discrimination from the structural inequality suffered by women, because properly conceptualizing is not hate speech. Hate speech has no place in the feminist movement. We fight the ideas that we do not share, but never the people.

For this reason:

—We reiterate our support to all the speakers of the Conference: Amelia Valcárcel, Rosa María Rodríguez Magda, Anna Prats, Ángeles Álvarez, Xabier Arakistain, Elena de la Vara, María José Guerra Palmero and Alicia Miyares; as well as the general director of the Asturian Institute for Women, Almudena Cueto, and the mayoress of Gijón, Ana González. Our support is the response to the harassment, insults and threats of all kinds, which the comrades cited above are now receiving for having participated in these Jornadas.

—We will continue defending a gender critical and abolitionist feminism, because gender is the cornerstone on which the sexual oppression of women and girls is based, a patriarchal political strategy that urgently needs to be eradicated. To consider it, as the queer theory does, a category to claim is an anti-feminist practice. Applying this theory from infancy and puberty, as is being seen in schools, endangers the physical and mental health of a very vulnerable population for reasons of age, and with irreversible consequences.

From Mujeres por la Abolición, we want to show our support to the speakers of the 16th Rosario de Acuña Feminist School. We also encourage other collectives and people to join this support. We encourage you to sign this document and spread the word to the compañeras and to all of us, in order to stop this silencing attempt. We have the right to debate and we want to do so without fear.

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Who are we?

Mujeres por la Abolición is a nonpartisan collective of women from all over Spain.

We are abolitionists of prostitution, uterine rentals (surrogacy), pornography and gender. By giving talks and through our networks, we explain the need to eradicate these patriarchal institutions and practices.

Supported by other collectives, we were the promoters of the First Abolitionist March against Prostitution and Surrogacy in Spain. We will continue to promote this type of vindictive actions on the street until we achieve abolitionist legislation that protects and guarantees the rights of women.

We disseminate feminist theory with the aim of making our genealogy recognized and to create social awareness about the sexual oppression of women and girls throughout the world.

Mujeres por la Abolición was born in September 2018. Currently, we have a virtual community of over 5,000 people on the following social networks:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MAbolicion

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MAbolicion/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mabolicion/

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