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Abortion, care, motherhood, co-responsibility, intersectionality, sexual violence. Feminism, which has become a mass phenomenon in recent years, has many unresolved issues, and all of them will be discussed this Friday, the second day of the elDiario.es festival, in connection with its tenth anniversary, which is currently being celebrated. Days in Valencia. Titled “The Fourth Feminist Wave Will Shake the World,” the final table of the morning’s debate left a central idea: We must urgently continue to claim the feminist movement for everyone and in all areas.

“None of us are safe unless some of us are,” said American writer and essayist Mickey Kendall. of the author Neighborhood feminism He appealed to feminism, which does not stop only at breaking the glass ceiling, but also pays attention to the instability of those who do not think about moving to the company, but about “survival”. Kendall was accompanied by Argentinian writer and journalist Luciana Packer, Secretary of State for Equality Angela Rodríguez, Club de Malasmadres founder Laura Baena and DJ Lay DJ, who also closed the first day of the festival. Monday.

Moderated by elDiario.es Gender Editor-in-Chief Ana Requena, the speakers discussed the right to abortion as another important issue in which progress and failure are being made. As paradigms, the two countries from which Packer and Kendall come. Thus, an Argentine journalist declares the voluntary termination of pregnancy, which was decriminalized there in December 2020, as “a symbol of the great identity of the struggle in the 21st century”, which shows “that political struggle is still possible today”.

Taking to the streets, demonstrating and going to court are the recipes that Mickey Kendall, on the other hand, launched in the face of the failure that meant the annulment of the historic decision that guaranteed the right to abortion in the country. United States. The decision, which “doesn’t mean we’re going to stop fighting,” said the essayist, who argued that “it’s constitutionally mandated” and that women “are going to continue to fight for that right, no one is going to take away control of our bodies.”

The conversation in Spain with the Secretary of State for Equality, Angela Rodríguez, came after the government sent a reform of the abortion law to Congress a few weeks ago. Rodríguez said there is “comprehensive sex education” after this Thursday, Equality Minister Irene Montero fell victim to a campaign to decontextualize one of her speeches to accuse her of protecting a pederast. “We need to tell minors that even if their father is homophobic, it’s okay to love another man. Even if your father is a fascist, you have to learn what consent is. This is feminist education,” it was determined.

“It is impossible to be a mother and grow professionally”

Care and reconciliation also emerged as central themes of the roundtable before an enraptured audience, despite the sun that had just fallen on the pedestrianized City Hall Square, where the festival takes place. In the words of Laura Baena, founder of the Malasmadres Club, “in Spain today it’s impossible to be a mother and grow professionally,” which is why she called for a new social model that “puts care at the center” and a system “that doesn’t penalize” women “when motherhood comes.” Because the labor market “failed,” he passed judgment.

She was caught by witness Law DJ who said she became a mother four months ago and is currently turn around With her daughter, something she believes is “kind of starting to look a little more natural.” However, Music laments that motherhood and standing out in the industry comes at the cost of “a lot of superhuman effort not to disappear off the map” because “we can’t go a year, your career is over”. Conversely, if the artist fathers are male instead of female mothers, Leigh DJ noted that the same does not happen.

In this sense, Requena questioned Rodríguez, who demanded a strong investment in reconciliation before the next general state budget before negotiations in the government. “How can we be clear that we need to invest billions to change the energy model and not so clear that we need to invest billions to change the care system?” Is machismo the answer?”, he snapped and questioned the executive branch to which he belongs. Baena also pointed directly to the feminist movement. “He has a challenge in Spain: to socially recognize mothers and protect them,” he said.

MeToo and “Pleasure Feminism”

How feminism should address men was another issue addressed by the speakers, who agreed on the importance of being the ones to question each other. “We women are not your interlocutors in this, they are other men. It’s about breaking the gentleman’s agreement that there are men who tell their partners: Don’t make fun of that woman like that. Until they take this step, it is difficult,” the State Secretary for Equality summed up.

There was also a few moments to discuss the MeToo movement after the jury ruled in favor of Johnny Depp in the Amber Heard trial. According to Kendall, this case cannot serve to discredit the entire movement, although “some people have to believe that all the other women are lying” and wanted to break the silence on sexual violence not as an isolated story, but “global”, emphasizing that “women as a whole Every day in the world, their spouses are killed.”

And in the face of sexual violence, “pleasure feminism,” as Packer argued, closing the day with applause: “We’re against this violence because we want to have fun, mom, play records, politics. .. Our desire is to go to the center and go back.”

Source: El Diario

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