Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Feminist Utopia, Built By Kurdish Women

So this is a fascinating article:

The Promise of the Women of Kobane

It rightly points out the issues with liberalism in its fetishization of these Kurdish warriors and architects who are AMAZING but can we leave their looks out of it and goddamnit they don't just exist to fight the people we in the US don't like. Though I don't know if "permissiveness" is quite the right word to describe how liberalism is like the same side of the coin that contains conservative, religious restrictiveness. Liberalism more promotes freedom from thought. My main criticism of Western liberalism and liberal feminism is the refusal to examine words, actions, and thought patterns, instead rather frantically clinging to the idea that every choice is right and okay and perfect so let's not question it! Just continue to buy things, please.

Which may have been what the author was actually getting at. "Nihilistic capitalist modernity" yeah pretty much.

Anyway, on to the best part:

Rejecting both a nihilistic capitalist modernity and primitive religious and sectarian thought, the fighters of the Kurdish YPJ (Women's Protection Units) are building a radical democracy that aims to shatter long held gender prejudices, promote an equal division of work in private and public spheres, with an emphasis on local self-governance and the building of an economic system that is based neither on the exploitation of human labor nor on the pilferage of natural resources.


A novel experiment for the Kurdish regions which, as a system of governance, will rely more on collective consensus of the peoples involved and voluntary participation of individuals. Rejecting the traditional state-centrism, Democratic Confederalism is meant to be "flexible, multi-cultural, anti-monopolistic, and consensus-oriented" where "Ecology and feminism are central pillars."


Animated gif of Susan Strong from Adventure Time hyperventilating and drooling with huge shiny eyes

I'm sure I'm committing the sin of oversimplification just like the comic the author criticized in the first place, but my first thought was "SOCIALIST FEMINIST PARADISE. WANT." Not to mention the white capitalist influence in my apparent desire to possess this movement that is so not mine,

But, anyway, oh my god, these women are so amazing. I'd so love to be a part of this somehow. Just as like, the janitor. I swear I won't try to make any decisions. I'll keep my mouth shut. Can I just scrub your floors?

I cannot wait to read more on what these Kurdish women are doing. I just. Wow. My heroes.

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