By Marta Lamas
With the aim of commencing up discussion and debate, Feminism offers a serious and deeply own historical past of Mexican feminism within the final thirty 5 years. Drawing from her a long time of activism and anthropological scholarship, influential philosopher Marta Lamas covers issues comparable to the political improvement of the feminist stream, affirmative motion within the place of work, conceptual advances in regard to gender, and the nuances of disagreements between feminists. the following in English for the 1st time, this work bargains worthy perception into the theoretical and political tensions that experience formed Mexican feminism and the area at huge.
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Indd 16 3/23/2011 1:22:44 PM From Protests to Proposals ● 17 necessity for collectively confronting their own situation. ”6 The first activists established political relationships among themselves in a common space—the Coalition of Feminist Women (Coalición de Mujeres Feministas) (1976)—and voiced three main demands: voluntary maternity (which implied the right to sexual education, the use of contraceptives, and legal access to voluntary abortion), the end of sexual violence, and the right to free sexual choice.
This move from protesting to making proposals is evident in the increasing professionalization of feminist interventions in public life at a national level. Basically, I look into two distinct moments in feminism in Mexico: the first, characterized by a conception that, idealizing the feminine condition romanticizes relationships between and among women and develops a politics rooted in identity. 1 The second moment is the gradual institutionalization of a number of organizational forms, with the goal of creating more effective and more pragmatic interventions in the public sphere.
31 “From A to Z” emphasized the need for alliances and agreements among women and, several years later, this discourse would yield notable successes. As part of feminist activism’s “outward” realignment, the impact of the emergence of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) in January 1994 in Chiapas, one of the states with the largest indigenous populations and greatest poverty level, reenergized a sector of the movement. indd 33 3/23/2011 1:22:45 PM 34 ● Feminism: Transmissions and Retransmissions feminist inclinations clear when it proclaimed the Women’s Revolutionary Law (Ley Revolucionaria de las Mujeres), which recognized the right of women to full political participation—including taking on political and military leadership roles—in addition to their right to decide on all aspects of their lives—the choice of marriage, number of children, and paid work—as well as condemning physical and sexual violence against women.
Feminism: Transmissions and Retransmissions (Theory in the World) by Marta Lamas