uniting all feminists is neither realistic nor desirable, defends the poetess Kiyémis – Liberation

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Do we need feminist movements and therefore radicalism or a single universal struggle? This is the question that dominated the debate on Wednesday “For a feminist society, we all stand up” at La Sorbonne.

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“The discourse of unity among all feminists is an attractive discourse but it is not anchored in reality”. For the poet and Afro-feminist activist Kiyémis, “no, not all women want the liberation of all women” : “I don’t think Marine Le Pen thinks of my grandmother when she talks about feminism. You’re not a feminist just because you’re a woman.”, she continues, triggering timid applause – the first – in the Descartes amphitheater. She adds that she was hit by the “endless debates and hateful rhetoric towards intersectional feminists”. “I like performative speeches but I also like reality”launches the activist.

It is his answer to the call to “not to divide” the feminist movement launched by the Minister for Equality between Women and Men, Isabelle Lonvis-Rome. For her, fractures “would mean that our voice would not be heard even if all voices must have a place”. Between political caution and universalism, Isabelle Lonvis-Rome adds: “I will never go into the wars that can cross the feminist movement. Firstly because I am the minister and because I think that all voices have their place. I do not restrict the field of feminism to the action carried out by women. We have to embark the men in these fights.

Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.

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