Ladybird and Fox vs. AnarchismPosted: 6 March 2012
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A cute cartoon ladybird and a cute cartoon fox have a conversation.
Ladybird: In theory, it seems that feminism and anarchism should perfectly complement each-other.
Fox: Indeed. As Lynne Farrow famously said: “Feminism practices what anarchism preaches.”
Ladybird: But bringing together the two ideologies doesn’t seem to work in practice.
Ladybird: There’s this idea that you have to have read Marx and know the difference between a Maoist and a Stalinist.
Fox: Oh, right. Or between a Trotskyist and a Marxist-Leninist and a socialist.
Ladybird: And know the history of the IWW and the 2nd International. Or is it the 3rd? Or 1st? I always mix them up.
Fox: Don’t forget the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939.
Ladybird: Basically, a bunch of dead white dudes. What do those histories have to do with my life?
Fox: Not a whole heck of a lot. But what about more contemporary anarchist thinkers, such as Hardt and Negri?
Ladybird: Have you actually read Hardt? Or Negri?
Fox: No, I tried once, but it was such thick academese, I couldn’t make heads or tails of it.
Ladybird: And yet a lot of anarchists won’t even talk to you until you’ve read that stuff.
Fox: Yeah. It’s pretty frustrating.
Ladybird: But the worst thing is that a lot of leftists dismiss work on sexism or racism as “Identity politics”.
Fox: That’s a funny name for it. I would have called it “Anti-oppression politics”.
Ladybird: That’s because you think those kinds of oppression are real and important.
Fox: And anarchists don’t think that?!
Ladybird: Some do, but a lot of leftists think that the only “real” oppression is class oppression.
Fox: That seems like a pretty self-serving thing for a bunch of (predominantly) white guys to think.
Fox: Do these people know about Privilege? Have they read “The Invisible Knapsack”?
Ladybird: No, they don’t need to. You see, they already know all about anarchism.
Ladybird: Anarchism is a complete political theory that explains everything about the world.
Ladybird: No. But a lot of people think it is, and that means they don’t have to listen to anyone else.
Ladybird: As a result they do all the crappy things that people who’ve never read a Feminism 101 do.
Fox: like making sexist or homophobic jokes, or dominating the discussion without even noticing it?
Ladybird: Right. It’s impossible to even have a conversation.
Fox: That sucks.
Ladybird: And yet they have a lot of really progressive ideas about alternative economics and participatory democracy.
Fox: The irony is infuriating.
Ladybird: Yes it is, Fox, yes it is.