Women's Fightback no.1, November 2006

What is Women's Fightback?

Women’s Fightback is a new paper produced by women in and in sympathy with the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty. We hope it stimulates debate, but whether you agree or disagree please get in touch, and contribute articles, reviews and letters to this paper. Here is a brief explanation of who we are and what we stand for.

Who we are

We need to revive the women’s movement in the UK, Europe and world wide. That movement needs to be able to inspire the many young people who want to fight sexism, but who may not call themselves “feminist”.

Stop violence against women!

By Sofie Buckland

Violence against women, in the form of rape, sexual assault, physical assault from partners and harrassment in the workplace, is a widespread and frightening problem. There are an estimated 47,000 rapes a year in Britain according to the 2001 British Crime Survey. The same source quotes 300,000 sexual assaults on women each year. Worldwide, domestic violence is the biggest cause of death in women aged 19-44. All these crimes are chronically under-reported, and the rape conviction rate stands at an all-time low of just 5.3%.

Feminists and fallen women


Sally Lopez

The current Women’s Library exhibition on prostitution is not their usual safe and apolitical fare. Instead Prostitution: What’s going on? is an extremely partisan contribution to the controversial debate around sex work — an issue which is currently engaging the attention of the government as well as feminists. I welcome this new decision on the part of the Women’s Library to take a more politicized approach to feminism and women’s history, despite that fact that the stance of the exhibition is a clearly ‘abolitionist’ one with which I disagree.

Any progress for harlots?

Amy Fisher reviews A Harlot's Progress, 2 November, C4

This one-off drama, conceived and written by Solidarity supporter Clive Bradley, was described by a reviewer in the Daily Telegraph as “execrable”. As you might expect, then, it was a very enjoyable, clever and thought-provoking two hours.

Is pornography free speech?


Maria Exall

Sofie Buckland’s article Pornography and censorship ends with a call for both the unionisation of sex workers and building a feminist movement that will pose real alternatives to sexist ideas. Both of these demands are surely correct and I think many socialist feminists would agree with her. However on her way to making these important points Sofie presumes other political positions that I do not think can be justified from either a socialist or feminist point of view.

Attacks on our abortion rights

By Charlie Calam

Reproductive rights in Britain are very vulnerable to attack. Almost forty years since the 1967 Abortion Act women still have to cast doubt on their own mental health to be allowed to have an abortion. This is not the right to choose.

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