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Accelerating the Women's Liberation Movement
WDI USA 2023
September 16, 2023
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Yesterday was the launch of the 2023 annual convention of Women’s Declaration International USA, Accelerating the Women’s Liberation Movement, and I’m happy to say that it was a resounding success.
We ate, drank, and talked late into the night. We met the new board of directors and had a rousing conversation about some radical feminist tactics - nonviolent direct action, consciousness-raising, and legal and legislative advocacy. The women here are active, engaged, and excited.
This morning we will mark the anniversary of the killing of Mahsa Amini and the Iranian women’s movement it ignited. We’ll hear from female academics about the silencing of women in the academy, Black women about the unique types of sexism and misogyny that Black women face, desistance from “trans identities,” and lesbian-only spaces. We’ll have our own consciousness-raising session. We’ll debate about “working with the right.” We’ll hear from Laura Becker about detransition and reclaiming womanhood. We’ll host a panel of the WDI USA Lesbian Caucus on lesbians and the women’s liberation movement.
And finally, we’ll head on over to the launch of A Nasty Piece of Work: The Art of Dissident Feminists, an art space dedicated to exhibiting the work of cancelled female artists.
Protests are planned for this afternoon. Lots of people don’t think that women ought to be able to assemble and talk about women’s rights. We think that’s pretty silly, because we’re just here having a great time and not bothering anyone. We won’t let the protesters interrupt our work or our fun.
In case you haven’t heard, women in Dublin took a stand earlier today. They loudly proclaimed their right to their place in the public square. I haven’t watched it yet, but there’s some video of that event. We stand with our Irish sisters.
Take note, haters, the women’s liberation movement has been accelerated, whether you like it or not. Good luck.