First published on ΕΝΘΕΜΑΤΑ, written by Efi Avdela and Agelikas Psaras in July 2012, in the aftermath of fascists gaining seats in the Hellenic Parliament, this article gives some of the background to the rise of fascism in Greece and how the Golden Dawn managed to gain such a hold over a section of Greek society.
Operation Zeus in August last year marked the start of an ugly reminder of a European past that we thought we had long buried. Nearly 60 years after the end of the Second European War, migrants were round up from the streets of Greece and shoved unceremoniously into internment camps.
Living in exile in Greece at the moment, I watch the struggle for Scottish Independence from afar. Mainstream sources are almost universally crap – giving the British propaganda a bit of seasoning then vomiting it out through their mass channels.
The blogpost that I wrote back in February, on “What is Rape” has generated some quite considerable controversy. Much of the discussion has taken place outwith this blog, on other forms of social media and I find my views repeatedly misrepresented by others in such forums.
Guest post from Davy Marzella
The politics of desire are failing us because they have been colonized, and are channelled into capitalist practices of consumption. Media promotes normative ideas about beauty and desire to sell us products that keep the capitalist system intact.
In the Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir states that whenever a woman seeks to act like a human being she is said to be imitating the male. For women are unmen, a lesser class, who in the eyes of the patriarchy fail at being human.
The Scottish Government is currently in consultation over extending the right to marry to gay couples. Mixing in leftie circles, I find myself continually bombarded with people encouraging me to contribute to the consultation, always assuming that I would support such an extension, as is the dominant narrative on the left.
Since discovering the term kyriarchy earlier this year, I’ve become a big fan.
I’ve always been quite uncomfortable about the inter-relationship between feminism and race, not only with the temptation to “rank the oppressions” (as one wit said on twitter – being feminist and anti-racist is all very well, but who wins when Julie Bindel meets …
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