From the collective

From the collective

With the world in conflict and approaching the brink of nuclear war in several directions, the United States being run by an un-elected, undereducated Texan with a bent for bullying and destruction, and with problems like starvation, drought, and massive inequality going unaddressed by the most rich and powerful people in the world, maybe some days you just feel like chucking the whole thing, dropping out, and going to live on a farm in simplicity and peace. Maybe your dream is traveling in a camper van around the country. Maybe you envision a place where sharing, fairness, and equality are the rule. Or maybe you want to take charge of some part of this crazy world and make it right. If you, like us, sometimes dream of a different world, welcome to our special issue on Alternatives to Patriarchy.

From the little resistances to patriarchy we do every day, to creating fully-functioning alternative communities, to the hard work of transforming the existing system, one of the important tasks of feminism is to envision and try to create alternative ways to live that eliminate the problems, inequalities, and abuses in the world. The articles in our special section on Alternatives to Patriarchy talk about some of the ways feminists live outside of or in opposition to male domination.

In this issue, in honor of March 8, International Women’s Day, we also highlight international feminist actions and activities. We take you to Poland for an overview of feminist activism, to Nigeria for a look at what was behind the rioting at the Miss Universe pageant held there last fall, and to Namibia for a look at struggles against domestic violence there. In “A Report from Baghdad,” by a member of Code Pink, you will read a compelling account of the lives of Iraq’s citizens as the U.S. prepares for war. Starhawk spells out the need for women’s particular voices in peace activism, and Dorothy Stein, while participating in the International Solidarity Movement, takes a look at Palestinian women’s lives. There is an article by a Moroccan woman who reacts to her experiences as an immigrant to Canada, a review of Iranian women film directors, and a review of the anthology Women for Afghan Women.

You will also find in this issue a critical review of the movie, The Hours, billed as a “women’s movie,” but seen by our reviewer as a thoroughly misunderstanding and misconstruction of the realities of women’s lives.

Next issue, we will feature more on alternatives to patriarchy. So if something you read in this issue sparks an idea, or if you have something you would like to say on the topic, don’t be shy, let us know! We always love to hear from our readers!

In peace and sisterhood, the oob collective

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