Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivers a stirring speech on sexism in the Australian parliament, calling the opposition leader, Tony Abbott, a misogynist.

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A common counterattack on women’s assumption of agency as feminists— on behalf of gender and nation—has been to discredit feminists, and feminism, by branding them Western agents of colonialism. The charge of derivative feminism, a reductive and agency-depriving mode of thinking, still lingers. Some narrators of the history of Egyptian feminism imprison it in a frame story of Western colonialism, ironically sustaining a colonialist scripting they abhor by according it overarching explanatory power. A corollary pursuit has been to apply an East-West litmus test to Egyptian feminists. East equals authentic and good;West equals alien and bad. Such a reduction obscures the complexity of cultures—especially in a country like Egypt at the crossroads of three continents—and forecloses the notion of hybridity. What surfaces is an essentialized notion of some “pure” Eastern or Western culture perpetuating the polarization and politics of difference that colonialism constructed. In countries that were not colonized, such as Turkey and states in the Arabian Peninsula, feminism is not attacked for being Western.

Margot Badran - Feminists, Islam, and Nation (via egyptiansoapbox)

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Feminism has fought no wars. It has killed no opponents. It has set up no concentration camps, starved no enemies, practiced no cruelties. Its battles have been for education, for the vote, for better working conditions.. for safety on the streets… for child care, for social welfare… for rape crisis centers, women’s refuges, reforms in the law. If someone says ‘Oh, I’m not a feminist,’ I ask ‘Why? What’s your problem?

Dale Splendor, 1985

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Women were expecting a new society to be built on egalitarianism and real equality. But everything that they suffered through during the revolution – after all that – they are now being pointed at as the culprits. It’s as if it was the woman who was responsible for the unemployment, for the unrest, for all the social ills. Everything has gone back [for women], it’s been retrogression.

Activist Khouloud Mahdhaoui, from Tunisia, on the situation for women in her country, after the Arab Spring

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