What we're about

"The task of an activist is not to navigate systems of oppressive power with as much personal integrity as possible; it is to dismantle those systems.” ~ Lierre Keith, co-author of the book Deep Green Resistance

For a short tutorial on sex and gender from a RadFem perspective, read:
Sex and Gender: A Beginner's Guide: https://sexandgenderintro.com/gender/

For RadFem in a nutshell: https://files.meetup.com/19220431/What%20is%20Radical%20Feminism.pdf

If you have an interest in films by or about women, please join our sister Meetup group Cinema Femina: https://www.meetup.com/Cinema-Femina/

If you share an interest in feminist literature you may ask to join The Feminist Book Club: https://www.meetup.com/FeministReaders/
("Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books." ~ bell hooks)

For a deeper dive into the works of women, much of it political, please have a look at Reading Women's Work: https://www.meetup.com/reading-womens-work/

If you share concerns about Human Trafficking, the plight of prostituted people, labor exploitation, domestic servitude, servile marriage, and related issues... please visit our sister Meetup group Fight Slavery Now!: https://www.meetup.com/Fight-Slavery-Now/

To delve further into the many facets of Human Trafficking please visit their website: http://fightslaverynow.org/

Radical Feminist Activists Meetup Group (RadFem) was founded in 2011, had hosted hundreds of Meetups of all sorts and had garnered over 500 supporters before a previous organizer shut it down on New Year's Day 2016. That organizer began a new less inclusive group with a similar name and we wish them only the best. But lost in the process were all records, files, studies, reports, photos, discussions, e-lists, event history... the entire institutional memory of this group representing the collective product of many feminists over a period of years.

Those resources were created for the benefit of, and were open to, the entire Feminist community, members and non-members alike. It will take some time, but we have been rebuilding both the site and the collective inclusive spirit of the group. Silence is not an option. We have been able to restore or replicate some of this information. Since 2016 we've hosted/posted almost 400 Meetups and membership has risen to over a thousand good people interested in confronting misogyny and advancing a radical feminist agenda at home and globally, across lines of race, class, gender and ethnicity.

Please be a feminist or open to feminism if you join. There are plenty of other groups to join if you are neither. Beyond that, we welcome feminists of all stripes, colors, creeds, and gender identities who are committed to challenging, confronting, and ultimately dismantling Patriarchy. Together we hope to forge a path to sexual equality and gender justice for all, not just by talking among ourselves, but by speaking out, writing, marching, demonstrating, protesting and actively projecting a loud and fierce voice in opposition to Rape Culture and the War on Women.

Radical Feminism is not a monolithic ideology, but it does hold to some basic tenets that set it apart from what has become known as 'liberal feminism'. Notably it views patriarchy as the first and foremost form of oppression, serving as a template for racial and class hierarchies. It regards prostitution as the "world's oldest oppression". It does not seek equality for women on masculine terms, but rather seeks freedom for all from the social construct of gender norms.

For a deeper look: DGR RadFem (https://deepgreenresistancenewyork.org/radical-feminism/)

For a discussion of the distinction between radical vs. liberal analysis check out this video w/Lierre Keith. (https://youtu.be/BuBS-pkNWN0)

For a better understanding of Patriarchy: A Brief History of Patriarchy (http://dgrnewsservice.org/resistance-culture/radical-feminism/a-brief-history-of-patriarchy/) by Dr. Gerda Lerner

This is a member-led and self-directed group. Please share not only events of interest, but ideas for actions we can take individually or collectively. Post to the message board, upload links through the comments, or suggest a Meetup. Courtesy and respect are expected and extended. Your private contact information is always protected by Meetup and shared with no one, not even the organizers.

This group subscribes and adheres to the elements of Security Culture as enumerated by Deep Green Resistance here: SECURITY CULTURE. (http://deepgreenresistance.org/en/get-involved/security-culture) Please do not use this site for any commercial purposes, but feel free to initiate discussions and post events of interest.

2016 Post-election note: RESISTANCE... NOW MORE THAN EVER

Male supremacy must end. Oppression and violence are not natural or inevitable. Neither is patriarchy or any collection of interlocking/intersecting systems of oppression. Radical Feminism, in the truest sense of the word 'Radical', is about going to the root of the systems of oppression that we all participate in and perpetuate, creating change from the ground up and making the world a better, more equitable, non-oppressive place.

We believe change is possible and above all necessary. Radical Feminist Activists is a place for Radical Feminists to gather, consciousness raise, get creative, share stories, and engage in activism in New York City and beyond. Please join us in this struggle.

Issues we care about (neither exhaustive nor in any hierarchy):

- Reproductive rights and women's healthcare
- Domestic violence
- Rape and sexual abuse
- Human trafficking
- Childhood sexual abuse (CSA)
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- 'Honor' Violence (so-called)
- History of feminist theory and what sets Radical Feminism apart
- The wage gap and the glass ceiling
- Period poverty: ending the "Tampon tax"
- Sexual harassment and stalking
- Heteronormativity, homophobia, transphobia
- Violence against sex/gender nonconforming people
- Femicide
- Pornography
- Prostituted women
- Sex/gender roles and stereotypes
- Sexism in media and advertising
- Global solidarity for women's rights
- Surrogacy and reproductive exploitation
- Intersection w/ race and class oppression
- Racism
- Islamophobia and antiSemitism
- Mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex
- Migration and Immigrant rights

Join us to plan activist events and projects; get together to discuss feminism, current events, and anything else of interest; plan creative projects like advertising campaigns, videos, stories, spoken word and poetry; and start activist actions on issues that matter to us all!

Peace, Justice and Freedom...

Upcoming events (4+)

Feminist Question Time LIVE w/ speakers from around the world! Every Saturday AM

Saturday 23 October 2021 at 3pm UK time - Invitation to Feminist Question Time LIVE with speakers from Canada, Ireland, Belgium, Brazil, Portugal and Peru

Hear from:
Jeanne Sarson & Linda MacDonald, Canada, Talking about their book, WOMEN UNSILENCED: Our Refusal to Let Torturer-Traffickers Win

Eva Gastañaga, Peru, "Being a woman in Perú"

Adriana S.Thiago, Brazil/ Portugal/ Belgium, What factors hinder migrant and refugee women's participation in international decision-making processes? What changes are required?

Susan Breen, Ireland, Deep Green Resistance - an environmental group that believes in women's sex-based rights and participates in the live chat during Feminist Question Time.

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We are not alone! Come listen, learn, and share at this weekly presentation by the Women's Human Rights Campaign. Join this sorority of radical feminists from around the world as they inform us about the challenges and struggles in their own countries. Chat with other attendees and put questions to the panelists. Following the presentation, you are invited to join breakout rooms (women only please) with the panelists.

These weekly online webinars present a new panel each week from around the world, often reporting on a central theme. They are attended by a global feminist and activist community of between[masked]. The main focus is how gender ideology is harming the rights of women and girls.

The speaker list and any particular theme is usually announced mid-week before the webinar. Information will be added here as it becomes available.

Invitation to Feminist Question Time LIVE:

ZOOM REGISTRATION: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Mq9EMIAbTkyNz5gAx4l2DQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

You can see recordings of previous panels on the WHRC YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWECmp5Tk3epYSkjs0qAKKQ
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Declaration on Women's Sex-Based Rights
https://www.womensdeclaration.com/en/

The Declaration re-affirms women and girls' sex-based rights, and challenges the discrimination experienced from the replacement of the category of sex with that of ‘gender identity'.

Declaration on Women's Sex-Based Rights: Summary
https://www.womensdeclaration.com/en/declaration-womens-sex-based-rights-summary/
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The legal adoption of "gender identity" politics is fraught with unintended consequences. A clear example has unfolded in New York where a self-described "trans-woman lesbian" (a hetero man in a dress) has used gender-neutral language amendments to supplant women in elected offices that had been specifically reserved for females. The arrangement of "1 man + 1 woman" had been put in place to ensure women's fair representation in an arena from which they have been historically underrepresented or excluded:
https://thevelvetchronicle.com/exclusive-decaudin-preps-for-election-recount-after-unofficially-taking-2-female-seats-new-details-uncovered/

Women's Liberation Front: "New York Democrats have decided to insult women by pretending in public that state committee member Emilia Decaudin is literally female..."
https://womensliberationfront.org/new-york-state-democrats-insult-women-deny-biology/

WOMAN: noun; adult human female

Human Trafficking Survivors' Needs, Webinar Part 1: Legal Barriers, 10/25

Human Trafficking Survivors' Needs Webinar Part 1: Barriers on the Legal Journey
October 25 at 2:00 EST

FREE Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4878369683282582027

Human trafficking, particularly sex trafficking, overwhelmingly exploits women and girls. Of the many abuses that stem from patriarchy, few are more egregious examples of the commodification of women's bodies and the harms that flow from the normalization of prostitution and pornography.

Because of the unique dynamics of human trafficking, survivors of trafficking often defy the rigid eligibility criteria for traditional victim services. As a result, survivors often fall through the cracks and are denied the services they so urgently need. The Avery Center (Avery) and the National Survivor Law Collective (NSL Collective) contacted 550 U.S. organizations that claim to offer legal services to survivors to explore the quality of services available to survivors. The resulting data, summarized in The Legal Deserts Report, showcase the dramatic gaps in providers’ ability to assist survivors.

In Part 1 of the Legal Needs workshop series, presenters Megan Lundstrom of Avery and Marianna Kosharovsky of ALIGHT (Alliance to Lead Impact in Global Human Trafficking), a co-founder of the NSL Collective, discuss the findings of The Legal Deserts Report and what it reveals about the landscape of legal services available to human trafficking survivors. Megan and Marianna will discuss specific case studies of how the lack of services harms individual survivors, as well as opportunities for legal professionals to shift the tide and provide meaningful assistance to survivors.

Exploring the Connection Between Religion and Female Genital Cutting, 10/28

Join us on October 28, 2021 for our webinar, ‘Exploring the Connection Between Religion and Female Genital Cutting’ (FGC).

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exploring-the-connections-between-religion-and-female-genital-cutting-tickets-185171602247

Female genital cutting is often attributed to certain religions or cultures. Some might say these acts are justified because they are tradition or holy, not to be argued by those outside of the community. But does religion alone truly perpetuate the practice of FGC? How do survivors of FGC view the topics of religion and spirituality? And how do these things affect them in their day-to-day lives as women?

This virtual event will answer these questions and examine FGC through a religious lens, including why it occurs and how it affects millions of women around the world. We will hear 3 expert speakers raise their voices while sharing insightful professional and personal experiences. The webinar will be moderated by Sahiyo U.S. Executive Director Mariya Taher and includes a panel discussion featuring Sameera Qureshi, Rahmah Abdulaleem, and Jenny.

Register today and join us as we listen, learn, and advocate for change for the future.

Feminist Question Time LIVE w/ speakers from around the world! Every Saturday AM

We are not alone! Come listen, learn, and share at this weekly presentation by the Women's Human Rights Campaign. Join this sorority of radical feminists from around the world as they inform us about the challenges and struggles in their own countries. Chat with other attendees and put questions to the panelists. Following the presentation, you are invited to join breakout rooms (women only please) with the panelists.

These weekly online webinars present a new panel each week from around the world, often reporting on a central theme. They are attended by a global feminist and activist community of between[masked]. The main focus is how gender ideology is harming the rights of women and girls.

The speaker list and any particular theme is usually announced mid-week before the webinar. Information will be added here as it becomes available.

Invitation to Feminist Question Time LIVE:

ZOOM REGISTRATION: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Mq9EMIAbTkyNz5gAx4l2DQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

You can see recordings of previous panels on the WHRC YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWECmp5Tk3epYSkjs0qAKKQ
_____________________________________

Declaration on Women's Sex-Based Rights
https://www.womensdeclaration.com/en/

The Declaration re-affirms women and girls' sex-based rights, and challenges the discrimination experienced from the replacement of the category of sex with that of ‘gender identity'.

Declaration on Women's Sex-Based Rights: Summary
https://www.womensdeclaration.com/en/declaration-womens-sex-based-rights-summary/
__________________________________________

The legal adoption of "gender identity" politics is fraught with unintended consequences. A clear example has unfolded in New York where a self-described "trans-woman lesbian" (a hetero man in a dress) has used gender-neutral language amendments to supplant women in elected offices that had been specifically reserved for females. The arrangement of "1 man + 1 woman" had been put in place to ensure women's fair representation in an arena from which they have been historically underrepresented or excluded:
https://thevelvetchronicle.com/exclusive-decaudin-preps-for-election-recount-after-unofficially-taking-2-female-seats-new-details-uncovered/

Women's Liberation Front: "New York Democrats have decided to insult women by pretending in public that state committee member Emilia Decaudin is literally female..."
https://womensliberationfront.org/new-york-state-democrats-insult-women-deny-biology/

WOMAN: noun; adult human female

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