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Mutiny Zine: A Paper of Anarchist Ideas and Actions, Issue #70 (single page view)

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Mutiny Zine: A Paper of Anarchist Ideas and Actions, Issue #70.

Mutiny is a collective based in Sydney. They produce a zine in order to explore different avenues of disobedience and resistance, and to encourage people to write about their ideas, actions and experiences.

For more information please see: http://mutinyzine.blog.com/
Mutiny Zine: A Paper of Anarchist Ideas and Actions, Issue #70.

Mutiny is a collective based in Sydney. They produce a zine in order to explore different avenues of disobedience and resistance, and to encourage people to write about their ideas, actions and experiences.

For more information please see: http://mutinyzine.blog.com/

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Reflections on theSydney Uni strikes
Resisting morethan course cuts:Wollongong Free School
Women, ‘GenderWars’ and RefusalIn Praise of Chalk
Anarcha-feminism andanarcho-machismo inSpainPathways to Illegality,or What happened to theInternational Students
 
This is the 70th issue of Mutiny!Another zine, another milestone.This issue focuses on gender, education, and thecontemporary university. In Wonen, Gender Warsand Refusal Annette Blanka traces a ‘gender war’underway against women, intertwining the fibresof gender and class in her analysis. An interviewarticle with The Valeries; ‘Anarcha-Feminismand Anarcho-Machismo in Spain’ highlights howgendered hierarchies can pervade nominallyradical and activist spaces; and brings home theneed to constantly challenge their existence. InResisting more than Course Cuts; Claire Johnstontells the story of the Wollongong Free School,an inspiring, local demonstration of the globalresurgence of feminist activism and a vibrantspace for discussion of issues like rape culture,victim blaming and consent.K-Box writes about her experiences of the strikesat Sydney University from March – June. She drawsout its combination of camaraderie and action,creating new bonds of solidarity and helpingus begin to overcome the fragmentation of thecontemporary university. In a very differentpiece on the ‘education economy’, Pathways toIllegality, Sanmati Verma documents what hashappened to the international students that cameto the fore of politics through their mass, self-organised protests of 2009 and 2010. Verma asksus to consider the consequences of widespreadillegality amongst former international students– what will be the ramifications of this forAustralian capitalism? Finally, Tim Scriventalks up chalking as a tactic that provides aform of active protest in the place of a cultureof spectatorship, particularly in light of therecent struggles at Sydney University.Love and solidarity, Mutiny Zine Collective
(Fi Lion, Blackbeard, Syzygy, Jiminy Kricket, MnM)
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Lately we’ve heard a air bit about so-calledgender wars’ between the major parties as they compete to position themselves or election.Te absurd levels o misogyny directed atormer PM Gillard and other women by theCoalition, amplifed through media discourse,are just a taste o what’s to come under anAbbott government. Gillard-the-individual-woman has shown courage and perseverancein withstanding this onslaught. But theattempt to position Gillard as a eminist herorings hollow. Feminism means equality orall women; Gillard represents policies thatmaterially harm large sections o the emalepopulation. On the very day o her celebratedspeech to Parliament in which she slammedAbbott’s countless instances o misogyny,her government axed single parents’ beneft(aer the youngest child turns 8), orcinghundreds o thousands o single mothersonto the unliveable Newstart unemploymentallowance. Similarly, the N Intervention andIncome Management policies are intensely harmul to women, who are oen responsibleor managing household budgets and keepingcommunities together. But these individualpolicies orm part o a larger context. My argument is that another ‘gender war’ o sorts is underway against women, over whichGillard and the media discourse continueto maintain a deaening silence. Genderinequality is accelerating, a key consequenceo what the Zapatistas reer to as the “FourthWorld War”: the ongoing devastation wroughtby neo-liberalism over the past 30-odd years.Contrary to the hype peddled by the Sydney Opera House in their ‘All About Women’event earlier this year, women are not poisedon the verge o becoming “the richer sex”.Te reality is that we gain only 10% o worldincome, own 1% o world property, andyet perorm 2/3 o the world’s work (UNfgures), and this extreme inequality prevailsnot only in the Global South, but right here,within the world’s rich countries. It is nocoincidence that in the supposedly uturisticworld o cyberspace, women’s voices makeup just 15% o the authors o online analysisand commentary (including comment eedson articles), and even on the apparently openWikipedia website (Cohen, 2011).Neo-liberal austerity, intensiying sincethe Global Financial Crisis, has had adisproportionate impact on women, alongspecifcally class lines. Tat is, it has reducedthe economic and social power o multitudeso women, apart rom the most wealthy. Farrom gender being some separate “other”oppression to class, they are entwined. Womenmake up a majority o the labouring classitsel. o oreground class in this way is not todeny the specifc experience o being genderedunder late capitalism. Moreover, to understandsexism as integral to the reproduction o capitalism, as I do, is to open possibilities oremancipation.
Austerity: A Rough Guide
As many readers are aware, the Age o Austerity or neo-liberal capitalism that we liveunder was frst entrenched in the early 1970s.An early step was the Nixon government’sde-linking o the US dollar rom the goldstandard, a move ollowed by other worldcurrencies. From then on, the dollar wasno longer pegged at a set value, backed by material wealth (in this case, gold). At thesame time, investment controls that limitedthe ow o capital across borders were lied.Tis unleashed renzied currency speculationthat continues to destabilise economies to
Annette Blanka
Women, ‘Gender Wars’ and Refusal:
What Century Is Tis Again?

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