The national elections in the Netherlands are drawing closer, in March we will be voting for the House of Representatives (in Dutch: De Tweede Kamer, literally: The Second Chamber).
But what should we vote for…?
To answer that question, we’ve started a collective effort of formulating voting advice. Using our recently published Manifesto, we’ve made a list of criteria. Together, we are reading all the party programs and putting our findings in an online document. If you want to contribute to this document, please feel welcome to do so! At this point, we are writing in Dutch. When we’ve finished the analysis part, we will try to find someone who can put all the findings in a clear and handy infographic. We will also try to make the effort to translate this infographic for those who do not read Dutch but are interested in the programs of the Dutch parties.
So go on and head over to our google doc, and see how you can contribute to an important document for feminist voters in The Netherlands.
In de aanloop naar verkiezingen wil The Feminist Club politieke partijen oproepen om zich actief in te zetten voor een eerlijkere arbeidsmarkt. Daarom heeft The Feminist Club een Feministisch Manifest geschreven, waarin wordt beschreven op welke gebieden verbetering noodzakelijk is. We willen politici aansporen om zich hard te maken voor een werkvloer waar seksisme, racisme, discriminatie, cisheteronormativiteit en andere ongelijkheid wordt uitgebannen.
Het Manifest bestaat uit de volgende 6 hoofdpunten:
Reproductieve- en ouderschapsrechten
Loonkloof en waardering voor ‘vrouwen’werk
Vrijheid van kledingkeuze
Seksueel geweld en seksuele intimidatie
Racisme en discriminatie
Volledige decriminalisering van sekswerk
Wil je het manifest steunen? Graag! We nodigen personen en organisaties van harte uit om het manifest te delen via hun eigen kanalen. Laat het vooral weten als je ons manifest steunt. We plaatsen graag steunbetuigingen op onze website en in het manifest. Je kunt ons bereiken via firstname.lastname@example.org
The Feminist Club is proud to be part of the organisation of a protest that will take place on Friday the 20th of January. We are concerned with the growth of right winged parties, by the growing xenophobia, climate change. We see some of our rights crumbling and we want to halt this.
The Feminist Club Amsterdam discussion night 10th of January 2017 @ Atria Sum-up by Vanessa Cantinho de Jesus
Real dialogue isn’t about talking to people who believe the same things as you.
― Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017)
When I first joined The Feminist Club I decided to do so because I felt this was a space where people were open for real dialogue, as in the words of the late sociologist Zygmunt Bauman (who passed away on the day of our meeting, hence the homage). This is because I truly believe that, even if complex and sometimes defeating, inclusive dialogue is always more constructive than just retreating away in our safe spaces and rejecting people or opinions for their perceived wrongness or incapability of understanding ours. As much as I concede that we all are bound to our particular bio-socio-historical positions and eventual privileges, so that for instance a white middle class man will never have the lived experience a low class black woman does, I cannot accept that this is enough reason to dismiss the first one on the basis of arguments like “he will never understand the position of the second”. Although indeed it will never be the same thing hearing about an experience and actually experiencing it, I sill believe that communication and empathy are a better answer. It is also important to boldly underline, like one of our members so righteously did, that this must be a shared responsibility and not a cumulative burden on the ones who are already in a position of disadvantage.
A few weeks ago Lactacyd, a brand of “female hygiene” products, published a new video which – supposedly- was meant as an advert. It was terrible, shitty on all accounts. The video basically was four guys sitting at a table, body shaming women. Talking harshly about how they would never go down on an unshaven or unwashed pussy.
News for heterosexual men: vulva’s and vagina’s are NOT made for your pleasure, how vulva-owners treat their body is entirely up to them. Moreover, Lactacyd is a completely redundant product that can do a lot of harm to the skin. There is no reason to wash with anything other than water. Telling people that they should wash their genitals with soap because they might otherwise not get laid, is a disgusting business strategy.
I am very happy to say that within our group a couple of members initiated a video response, which has been published yesterday. Check it out here!