A strike in black. Polish women, European neoliberalism, global patriarchy
«Any power you don’t use yourself is gonna be used against you». Audre Lorde’s words accompany on the Black Protest International Facebook page the reasons of the Polish women that today, Monday October 3rd, are striking against the abortion bill, which is under discussion in the Polish parliament. The meaning of this law, which aims at erasing the few exceptions of an already extremely restrictive law, is clear: what is debated in the Polish parliament are the political conditions of the subordination and exploitation of millions of women, whose fate as «reproductive machines» should be established by law. A new and stricter «Ordo iuris» – to recall the name of the group who promoted the legal initiative – should be organized starting from the institutionalized command on women’s body. The #blackprotest, then, goes well beyond the claim of an individual right to choose: picking the strike as the mean of their protest, the Polish women want to assert the power they exercise in production and reproduction against the order that aims at using this power against them.
publicado en: http://www.connessioniprecarie.org/2016/10/03/a-strike-in-black-polish-women-european-neoliberalism-global-patriarchy/