Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016: Gender Trouble in Poland

What can we learn from the wave of right wing victories in Europe? And state supported "anti-genderism."

Right wing campaigns like Donald Trumps are not new and have been occurring throughout Europe. In 2015 Poland elected a right wing government that like Trump campaigned on an anti-immigrant and anti-feminist agenda as well as an anti-neoliberalism and anti-globalism agenda.  Then on October 3rd thousands of Polish women  walked out of their jobs and  protested  a proposed new law making abortion entirely illegal taking the one year old  right wing Law and Justice government by surprise and delaying the new bill.  In 1980 Poland lead by its new independent union Solidarity was one of the first countries in Eastern Europe to have a successful uprising against Soviet domination. Today the Catholic church and right wing dominate Poland.

"Through democratic means extremely undemocratic governments are coming into power." Ann Snitow

As we begin our struggle with a neo-facist government lead by Donald Trump can we learn from the right wing movements and the uprising of feminist and other  activists against these authoritarian governments in Europe and in Poland?  Today on KPFA Radio's Women's Magazine we talk to New School Professor Ann Snitow about feminism and the right wing in Poland and her article in the fall issue of Dissent "Gender Trouble in Poland." 

Ann Snitow, a co-founder of the Network of East-West Women, is a professor of Literature and was the Director of Gender Studies from 2006 to 2012 at The New School. Her most recent book is The Feminism of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary (Duke University Press, 2015).

Click now to listen to the entire show and hear Lisa's tribute to soul singer Sharon Jones who died November 18 at age 60. 59:50 min

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