The Arabic World, the USA and the fondamentalism (Caroline Fourest)
Actualité of the Sexual Harasment in the University (Eric
Letter à "some friends pro-Chevènement" (Fiammetta
Jean-Pierre Chevènement is
becoming more and more popular amongst french left-wing liberals,
including prochoice militants. However, his opinions are in no way
compatible with free choice, and can even indicate an authoritarian
nationalist streak that could have severe consequences should he be
The New Homophobic Rhétoric (Louis-George Tin)
The homophobic rethoric used
to be rather poor. Although it had a vast vocabulary (sodomite, pervert,
fag, fairy, sissy, dyke, lezzy, bulldyke, etc.), its grammar was very
rudimentary, limited to a certain number of insults. In the past century,
and especially in the past few years, with the debates around the
legal recognition of gay couples, this rethoric has perfected itself.
It is in no way more violent or more passionate than before, but it
is definitely more sophisticated. Faced with gay and lesbian demands
it has had to give a more decent presentation to its arguments, while
making them stronger through the use of social sciences.
TV-miror or TV-hallucination ?
Identities & Subtext in Reality-shows
(Caroline Fourest ).
Reality shows have appeared in France
a few months ago with an overwhelming success. The presence among
the candidates of women and minority groups (Blacks, Northern Africans,
gays and bisexuals) is a real progress. However, the implicit moral
of the shows seems to be that people from ethnic or sexual minorities
can only be sidekicks and never win. Such a social hierarchy is based
not on religion or racism, but on audience alone.
As an echo to the debate on prostitution published in
ProChoix n°17, we publish here a number of reflexions on that theme,
by people from different backgrounds and opinions. Malka Markovitch
defends her movements stand against prostitution and pornography,
while sociologist Françoise Guillemaut argues in favor of its
legalization. A feminist tells us anonymously of her past as a nude
dancer. Finally, we also publish Paola Tabets The Biggest
Rip-off, which considers the male monopoly on economic resources
as leading women to rely on sex, through marriage and prositution, for
Interview with avec Malka Marcovich (pro-abolitionist
Solidarity with prostitutes (Françoise
Feminists against prostitution have
very strong and valid arguments: prostitution exemplifies the oppression
of women, its a violence against women, it destroys the women
who engage in it. However, such a position does not take into account
the reality of prostitution. Even if it isnt forbidden or criminalized,
it is sanctioned by the hazy legal notion of racolage
(hustling) which covers arbitrary arrests and condemnations.
As They say (Anonym)
The big Arnaque
censure de la sexualité des femmes (Paola
Male monopoly of resources leads
to women's use of sex as a resource along a continuum ranging from
marriage to modern prostitution. In this asymmetrical exchange, men
give various kinds of payment and women give sex. Men control sexual
knowledge; female sexual knowledge, experience and imagination are
widely stigmatized and repressed. We are faced with a global class
system linking sexual oppression (with its widespread violence), limitation
of knowledge, and economic exploitation. Women work longer hours then
men, but are made to "depend" on men and on sexual-economic
exchange and are expropriated of their sexuality. This rip-off, specific
to gender relations, closes the circle of violence and exploitation,
and of the intellectual and physical suppression of women.
The Order and the Sex (C. Guillaumin & C. Capitan
The text presented here was published
for the first time in 1992, and was later reproduced in Femmes et
Extrême Droite (Editions Golias). It has been one of the most
decisive texts in the history of ProChoix and helped to define our
aim as creating a counter-ideology to the naturalist and essentialist
ideologies of the far right. The way Colette Guillaumin and Colette
Capitan analyze the role played by nature in the creation
of categories that are then used ito define an order is the basis
of our criteria for determining what discourses are anti-choice.
saw, we read, we talk about
La Vie Sexuelle en France par Janine Mossuz-Lavau (La Martinière)
Amours égales - Le sexe et la loi
- Attirances - Une morale de minoritaire
Murmures - Strip-teaseuses unissez-vous !
- La nuit Rose -
Pétition pour les Égyptiens
- Pétition contre le harcèlement sexuel à luniversité
- News de novembre à janvier 2002.
is ProChoix ?
is a journal of information, investigation and political philosophy.