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In 1991, an advocacy group was created made up of feminists, congresswomen, female academics, and female bureaucrats in order to introduce reforms to the law on sexual crimes: the Plural Group (el Grupo Plural). The law passed thanks to the group’s lobbying and to the alliance of congresswomen of all the parties, coordinated by Amalia García, then a PRD congresswoman. The second effort raised the issue of quotas. At the beginning of the decade, a sector of “popular” feminism initiated a more pragmatic intervention in the public sphere and discovered that more women were needed in political positions.
Disappointed by the failure to establish a Feminist Coordinating Committee that would be able to, on the one hand, respond publicly in a more systematic way, and on the other, to serve as a liaison, many feminist activists became involved in the national political scene through civic participation. While in the 1970s and 1980s, the anti-PRI spirit of the majority of feminists translated into an antigovernment stance opposed to any joint action with governmental agencies, in the 1990s, ideas about civic participation provoked the need to influence public policy.
Its use, both in everyday language and in theory, needs to be carefully examined. Theory, in her view, is handmaiden to political practice and necessarily encompasses both corporeality and its symbolization: psychic and social. As a trained anthropologist, she is clearly indebted to that discipline and to psychoanalysis for its contribution to an understanding of the symbolization of sexual difference that underpins the formation of subjectivities. Where she differs from many other theorists is in her insistence that understanding theory is vital for appropriate political action.
Feminism: Transmissions and Retransmissions by Marta Lamas (auth.)