Feminist victories, like the decriminalisation of abortion in Colombia last month, are many and we will try to celebrate them all — we will bring you an interview with one of the architects of this victory later this month. But more than celebrated, our victories must be defended in the face of a global, increasingly coordinated, backlash against women’s and LGBTQ+ rights.
The South Korean election, to be held in two days’ time, has been dominated by explicitly anti-feminist messaging as men’s rights groups work to undo the progress of one of Asia’s most successful MeToo movements. In Texas, parents of trans children are under threat of being investigated for child abuse for providing gender-affirming care, at the behest of governor Greg Abbott.
There is so much work to do. That’s why, from today onwards, Impact will appear in your inbox every week. You’ll still receive our feminist newswrap and feature investigation each month, but you’ll also get an editor’s note, like this one, from me, as well as in-depth interviews with feminist thinkers, organisers and activists around the world and highlights from other publications.
Impact is a place where everyone is welcome. Our feminism is global, it is intersectional, it is anti-racist, anti-ableist and, it feels particularly important to say in our current moment, not merely inclusive of trans people but grateful to them for helping us push towards collective liberation from harmful gender norms.
Tomorrow is International Women’s Day. If I’m honest, I don’t much care for that event any more — it is as likely to be used to sell me soap these days as it is to sell me a revolution.
I can’t help but think of how exhausted Chinese feminist writer Ding Ling would have been to hear us still talking about it. Back in 1942, she wrote, with a discernible eye roll, in ‘Thoughts on March 8’:
Every year this day comes round. Every year on this day, meetings are held all over the world where women must muster their forces.
But she also took the occasion to recommend four things we should pay attention to in everyday life as we fight for equality: “Don’t allow yourself to fall ill”; “Make sure you are happy”; “Use your brain, and make a habit of doing so”; and finally “Resolution in hardship, perseverance to the end”.
So here’s to staying healthy and happy, using our brains and persevering to the end.
Consider our forces mustered.
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