Urdu Poetry Quotes (44 quotes)
Witches, witch-hunting and women
From the spread of new forms of witch-hunting in various regions of the world to the worldwide escalation of the number of women murdered daily, the evidence is mounting that a new war is being waged against women. What are its motivations and the logic behind it? Against this background, I also examine the relation between the different forms of this violence — familial, extra-domestic, institutional — and the strategies of resistance that women worldwide are creating to put an end to it. Since the beginning of the feminist movement, violence against women has been a key issue in feminist organising, inspiring the formation of the first International Tribunal on Crimes against Women, held in Brussels in March , with the presence of women from 40 countries, bringing testimonies about forced motherhood and sterilisation, rape, battering, incarceration in mental hospitals, and the brutal treatment of women in prisons. Since then, feminist anti-violence initiatives have multiplied, as have laws passed by governments in the wake of the United Nations World Conferences on Women.
Caliban and the Witch , her titanic work on witch trials as a tool of early capitalism, will take your head apart and put it back together. Federici is not just relevant but getting more so every second. In the transition from feudalism to capitalism, Federici argues, there was an intervening revolutionary push toward communalism. For serfs, who tilled the land in exchange for a share of its crops, home was work, and vice versa; men and women grew the potatoes together. But in capitalism, waged laborers have to work outside the home all the time, which means someone else needs to be at home all the time, doing the domestic work. Gender roles, and the subjugation of women, became newly necessary.