We-women and non-mixed organizing: intersections and divergences among Queer and feminist anti-authoritarian activists in Quebec

by Ashley Fortier, Anna Kruzynski, Jacinthe Leblanc, Leah Newbold, Magaly Pirotte and Coco Riot

This essay is the result of a collective editing process following three focus groups discussing the theme of the colloquium, whether being feminist in the 21st century means rejecting we-women. Specifically, we looked at we-women and the question of non-mixed organizing starting from four data sources: an analysis done by CRAC last year of discourses propogated since 2000 by anti-authoritarians fighting primarily against patriarchy and heteronormativity; a preliminary analysis of interviews carried out in the process of producing monographs with queer and radical feminist groups; a case study of contemporary radical feminists of Quebec by Geneviève Pagé (2006); and our own activist experiences.

In this text, we will focus on two of them: radical feminism and radical queer. The third, which we provisionally call women-of-colour feminism, is not strongly represented in our sample and, since we have not yet had the opportunity to deepen this aspect of our research, we will not touch on it here. We will sketch a (very exploratory) portrait of the  convergence and divergence of radical queer and feminist micro-cohorts on we-womenandnon-mixed organizing. A caution is necessary here. These micro-cohorts are not mutually exclusive. Activists can identify with one while organizing with groups associated with the other.

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