translated from Spanish: No, don’t confuse; feminism is an act of justice, not class opposition

Without questioning social support for just demands for gender equity and against discrimination, the feminist agenda is an act of justice, not the construction of ideological, productive and class opposition. On Monday, March 8, radical feminist organizations scaled up violence in Mexico to position their agenda of demands: femicides, gender assaults and productive discrimination, to point out the important ones. Gender assaults included the cases of Morena’s candidate for Guerrero’s government, Félix Salgado Macedonio, and formermbajador and writer Andrés Roemer, the two accused of sexual assault, rape and harassment.
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However, neither Salgado nor Roemer should define the women’s agenda. The problem of gender discrimination is greater and in Mexico remained hidden by the lack of visible protest organizations: unequal wages, labor sex blackmail and in the last few days chemical assaults against them. But unfortunately escalating violence overshadowed what should have been the approach of three basic themes:1.- Increased aggression in the confinement of the pandemic.2.- Physical assaults with chemical agents.3.- Non-compliance with the General Law on Women’s Access to a Life Free of Violence.And in Mexico there were no insistence on three facts in one : the Secretary of the Interior (Minister of the Interior), the head of government of Mexico City and the prosecutor of Mexico City are women and the three — Olga Sánchez Cordero, Claudia Sheinbaum and Ernestina Godoy — have the power — worse: obligations — to apply the law to protect women, but in the last fifteen years there has been a escalation of aggression against women because of their gender status without gender solidarity : Women escalation positions of power to behave like men. The other fact has also not been discussed: the agenda for the defence of women’s rights and the setting of 8 March as International Women’s Day was a socialist agenda, of ideological left, of class struggle approach. And partisan circumstances have meant that Morena, President López Obrador’s party, has been the refuge of the last militants of the Mexican Communist Party, an organization that always kept up — albeit ineffectively — the flag of women’s emancipation; continue to shine through his absence. The idea of accrediting feminist organizations to the status of effective “single opposition” in Mexico does not have to be with the political dimension of an opposition. Organizations defend women’s lives, demand law enforcement, and have elevated the debate to gender-productive economic equality. It is a countersent that in Mexico the productive force of women is 49%, but they continue to suffer inequalities in wages, ladders and productive access. The pandemic has led the situation of women to a major crisis: attending to their work from the home office, monitoring the education of children via zoom and suffering the harassment and assault of husbands in situations of psychological crisis by locking up. No authority has wanted to resolve complaints and demands, while physical and psychological aggressions continue to increase. The most serious thing in this situation is the lack of gender solidarity: men, on the contrary, have increased family collapses by demands that multiply women’s attention span. In this sense, the March 8 protests in Mexico generally received all social support. The gender crisis affected the party in the government, Morena, of President López Obrador, by the insistence on nominating an atrabiliary politician who has a long list of accusations of gender aggression. The aluded himself, Salgado Macedonio, has said, cynicism: “everything they say about me is true” and “I am a bull without a fence”. But now he is scaled to candidate for governor of Guerrero amid open indictments and court records for harassment violations. Worst of all, assaulted women are carrying the burden of proof, because judicial authorities operate not only with gender complicity or “patriarchal pact,” but by corruption and inefficiency. Feminist protests are no opponent; it is necessary, however, that opposition in Mexico — non-existent in terms of electoral bases — should pick up the women’s agenda, but keep it clear that the opposition is to general government projects, unfair development models, and class complicity that polarize income concentration. Women need to see their rights guaranteed to a life without violence and equal opportunities, but the self-styled left in power has come as conservative as the clerical right that has always deepened the marginalization of women. The response of the Government of Mexico City and its head of government to the march of ‘8 was to place a three-metre-high metal fence around the National Palace to isolate its inhabitants, but on Monday the 8th the women knocked down a part. There was the other message: female violence is a sign of fed-up, burden and disappointment. The paradoxical thing in Mexico has been the lack of empathy of female rulers towards the women’s agenda. The bad thing about protests is that they focus on a day and leave the whole year without getting into decision-making mechanisms. That’s why male governments abuse; one day and the protests pass the next day and until March 8 of the following year. The content of this column is the sole responsibility of the columnist and not of the newspaper that publishes it.

Original source in Spanish

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