Posts Tagged ‘hierarchy’

Anarchy and Anarcha-Feminism: What is it?

December 8, 2009

What is Anarchy?

To put it simply, Anarchy means not be ruled by another and not rule anyone else.  This does not mean chaos and destruction, it simply means no one is in charge of you and you are not in charge of anyone else.  Anarchy means that each person is their own entity, free to do as they please, but without hurting anyone else.  This is where peace comes in, I want there to be anarchy and peace.  Alone, anarchy could seem as leading towards chaos, as each person would be doing as they pleased.  But the idea is that everyone would be responsible caring about other human beings and not wreck harm onto another, keeping in mind that one persons rights,  cannot impede of the rights of others.  This is why I say I want anarchy –and- peace, the two together are a match made in paradise.  Peace implies no violence, no wars, no destruction and anarchy ensures freedom of the people in society.  No person is free while someone holds control over them – and anarchy ideas are intended to provide that no one holds control over you.  Anarchy usually takes the form of having small groups of people, who are working together towards a common goal.  Just because no one is the leader, doesn’t mean that people cannot be assigned to different tasks and roles within the group, so long as everyone is okay with a specific person having the task.  I recently read the article “The Tyranny of Structureless” by Jo Freeman and I think she makes a good point, that being when that if no one is assigned a leadership position, there are people in power in concealment.  I am not saying someone should lead the group, as that would not be anarchy, but if the anarchical group doesn’t select their spokesperson, outside sources will select one for them.  So, it is best that the group decides who is to be the spokesperson, which must be done in advance or give such person statements on behalf of the group.  As well as making it clear to all as to who’s who and not hiding influence within the group.  Each person should count just as much as the next person and I think there should be a reminder to the group members as such.  Usually, from my experience, people are much happier following than leading.  The goal of anarchy is to try to remove the “follower” and “leader” hierarchical setup.  It is meant to provide that everyone is a leader.  First, there’s the need to teach people to act in a non-oppressive or hierarchical matter to then focus on having a collective.  Anarchy is the ideal organization.  It is people working together hearing each other needs and helping one another fill those needs.  From these small groups, it is hopped that a bigger group can be formed, which could build bigger groups and bigger groups.  Start small and work big.  As opposed to working with the big and going small.  It means putting power back into the hands of the people and taking it away from politicians and corporations.  It means working together in solidarity and building wonderful communities.

What is Anarcha-feminism?

Anarcha-feminism is the combination of feminism with anarchy principles.   Anarcha-feminism opposes all structures of power be it patriarchy, all leaderships, and all hierarchy.  Anarcha-feminism is against government, it does not mean female President – it means no president.  “Challenging sexism means challenging all hierarchy – economic, political, and personal.” (Peggy Kornegger, “Anarchism:  The Feminist Connection”)   Anarcha-feminists want change, a complete revolution.  Anarcha-feminism stands for peace and equality for all.  It’s to end all power, all structure, and all systems of control.    Anarcha-feminism is the struggle for complete human liberation.

For me, anarcha-feminism doesn’t stop at just human liberation but it is also about animal liberation too.  It is about all beings on this planet being treated with respect, love, and kindness and not having harm rendered upon them.  It is about being an anarchist – a responsible human being who takes responsibility for their actions; one who will practice loving kindness in the absence of authority because we are beyond that.  We do not need to be policed.  We are the ones who have the highest honor and morals without the need of a God to condemn us – we are good and righteous because that is a way a HUMAN is supposed to be.

People need to be educated to think for themselves.  The problem is that the school system is set up to condition people to do what they are told without questioning.  One of the most important lessons I learned in school was from my high school biology teacher and he said, “Question everything.”  I think if more people questioned things the world would be a better place since people would be thinking for themselves and not letting others rule their life for them.  As Wendy O. Williams puts it, “The brainwash don’t even know they are brainwashed.”

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On Being Genderqueer and the Gender Binary

December 8, 2009

The interesting thing about explaining being outside of the gender binary is that you first have to explain what  gender binary is in order to understand what it means to be outside of it.  There is no quick and easy way to explain what it means to be genderqueer and even after several attempts at trying to explain it, people still don’t get it because they are stuck trying to put it in a box.

The gender binary is a form of hierarchy and oppression.  It divides the human race into two groups instead of uniting us as one.   Most people’s concept of self is centered around their identity and it influences the course their entire life.  It controls how most people will treat you down to which bathroom you can use.  I want no part in it.

For me, genderqueer is beyond male and female.  I don’t want people judging me based on genitals or my body.  My private parts do not define me as they do with so many of my fellow humans.  If we are to eventually have equality in the world, we need people to be treated as people not as genitals.

It is strange to me that I get treated with more respect and taken more seriously when I get mistaken for  a male verses a female.  I don’t like being called, “Honey,” “Sweetie,” or “Dear” because of the body I happen to exist in.  At the time it happens, I don’t even know where to begin because it’s socially acceptable.  Just because something is tradition doesn’t make it right.

It embarrasses me that our species didn’t have a women’s rights movement until War World II, that there was a division at all.  It wasn’t that long ago and it still isn’t over.  It won’t be over until we abolish gender all together.  As long as there is separation into groups, one group will oppress the other until people understand equality isn’t the same as sameness.

I imagine a world in which males wear skirts as often as females.  A world in which people can just be people.  No gender, no sexuality, no racial tension.  That we can be fluid and undefined.  Once you start worry about defining something, you lose it.  It’s like grasping sand, the tighter you grip it, the faster it slips through your fingers.   Be free.  As long as you know yourself, that’s all that’s important.  People like what they like and that should be it.

The problem with society is that most people don’t know themselves.  They know an illusion which they considered to be self – but all those layers are fake.  What’s real, is that we are all human and all need love.  If we learned to love and accept each other regardless of outside fluff, we can have utopia.

Being genderqueer to me gives me the freedom of having a label for those who need boxes but still be able to be outside the box.  It’s not fully definable and that’s okay because our language is flawed and can’t express all aspects of being human succinctly.