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Should feminists claim Aurat March's 'vulgar' posters? Yes, absolutely - Prism

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Nov 30, -0001 12:00 AM 2019+ year ago

By bringing up the manifesto to defend the posters, for instance, we distance ourselves from the supposedly provocative posters, and in fact confirm their `vulgarity'.

This is damaging, especially when done by March organisers who hold a bit more authority in the shared discourse. It insinuates that we agree that feminism should operate within the bounds of `respectability'.

I don't believe that any of the feminists representing the March actually believe this, that they think feminist praxis should morally align with cultural values, or disapprove of any of the posters.

Yet, they are making the choice of shifting attention away from the posters as a strategy, and it is crucial to understand why.

It's a tough compromise to make, but it's made in consideration of our position and our audience. We can't risk losing more audience. We are up against the right-wing and communist bros alike -- neither are feminist fans and both force us to move a bit centre.


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