6th November—”No More City on a Hill”

Hello there!

This week we will be discussing an article by Yasmin Nair entitled “No More City on a Hill” on the theme of queer assimilation.

Check it out here: http://inthesetimes.com/article/15782/no_more_city_on_a_hill1/

n.b. ***Venue accessible from 7.15pm, discussion starting around 7.30pm! ***
To find out the location of the event and be kept in the loop, send us an email at ifwecantdance@gmail.com or look for us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ifwecantdance/

 

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30th October—”Non-violence is Patriarchal”

Hey all 🙂

For our return we’ll be discussing a chapter entitled “Non-violence is Patriarchal” from Peter Gelderloos’ book “How Non-violence Supports the State”.

For Gelderloos, to act non-violently is a privilege that needs to be interrogated. Throughout this text he elaborates a critique of (Western middle-class) pacifism, arguing that it is complicit in maintaining structural violence(s) such as patriarchy and racism.

Relevant Trigger Warnings: the reading discusses rape culture, sexism, and violence.

The entire book can be found here: http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/peter-gelderloos-how-nonviolence-protects-the-state

n.b. ***Venue accessible from 7.15pm, discussion starting around 7.30pm! ***
To find out the location of the event and be kept in the loop, send us an email at ifwecantdance@gmail.com or look for us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ifwecantdance/

23rd October—IWCD’s night off!

This week If We Can’t Dance will be taking a night off!

We will return on the 30th with a reading from the text “How Non-Violence Supports the State” 🙂 . You can check out the whole thing at this link if you are keen! http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/peter-gelderloos-how-nonviolence-protects-the-state

For those itching to fill this Wedz with some social timez, we invite you to come along and support the Food Co-op’s end of year meeting and dinner party! Event details here!

9th October 2013—Voltairine de Cleyre: An Introduction

Soz for the lateness of this blog update!

The reading for the 9th is ‘Voltairine de Cleyre: An Introduction’ by Marian Leighton

You can read it here: http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/marian-leighton-voltairine-de-cleyre-an-introduction

To find out the location of the event and be kept in the loop, send us an email at ifwecantdance@gmail.com or look for us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ifwecantdance/

Discussion Materials for 2nd of October 2013

This week we will be talkin about ‘Race and Gender’ (Chapter 10 – pg 55-60) from Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks!

You can find a pdf here: http://libcom.org/files/hooks%20-%20Feminism%20is%20for%20Everybody.pdf

*Blurb pending*

Don’t worry, it’s not too long – and even if you don’t get a chance to read it you’re still welcome to come along for some nosh and a natter.

To find out the location of the event and be kept in the loop, send us an email at ifwecantdance@gmail.com or look for us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ifwecantdance/

Discussion Materials for 25th of September 2013

Hello hello!

This week we will be talkin about the introduction to Talkin’ Up To The White Woman: Aboriginal Women and Feminism by Aileen Moreton-Robinson, titled “Talkin’ The Talk.”

In “Talkin’ the Talk” Moreton-Robinson discusses her own experiences of her position in relationship to contemporary white middle class feminist women and the relationships between feminist, race and colonial theories.

This book should be available in your local libraries, however if you would like to request some scans of the introduction you can email us at ifwecantdance@gmail.com or look for us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ifwecantdance/

 

Discussion Materials for 18th of September 2013

Hello there!

This week we will be talkin’ bout “Queerness and Communism: Building a Genderless Society through Social Warfare with Normativity.”

Queerness and Communism explores the similarities, differences and intersections between the struggle for a genderless society and the struggle for a classless (communist) society. The author posits that, like Lenin’s argument that capitalism produces irreconcilably antagonistic classes, queerness is irreconcilably antagonistic to the normative forces of cis-normativity and hetero-normativity and that these normative forces are intrinsically tied to capitalism. However, while the author sees the proletariat/communist struggle for the abolition of private property and the Radical Queer struggle for the abolition of the normative as intersecting, they also state that these struggles can exist independently and therefore criticises “big C” communist current’s tendency to endorse the stance of the “LGBT Rights” movement which seeks to assimilate Queerness into the status quo rather than abolish the forces of normativity.

The reading can be found here:
http://theexpropriationist.org/2013/09/04/queerness-and-communism-building-a-genderless-society-through-social-warfare-with-normativity/

Don’t worry, it’s not too long – and even if you don’t get a chance to read it you’re still welcome to come along for some nosh and a natter.

To find out the location of the event and be kept in the loop, send us an email at ifwecantdance@gmail.com or look for us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ifwecantdance/

p.s. sorry for missing the post last week! was we discussed an essay entitled “Why Misogynists Make Great Informants: How Gender Violence on the Left Enables State Violence in Radical Movements”. It’s a great read and you can find it here:

http://inciteblog.wordpress.com/2010/07/15/why-misogynists-make-great-informants-how-gender-violence-on-the-left-enables-state-violence-in-radical-movements/