Patriarchy, Black Listing, and the Language of Birth
Mickey Z. — World News Trust
Oct. 11, 2015
“I desire nothing more than the abolition of gender and the final smashing of the patriarchy.” (Mary Lou Singleton)
When radical feminist mother, midwife, and nurse-practitioner Mary Lou Singleton applied to have a $500 table with WoLF (Women’s Liberation Front) at the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) convention in Albuquerque, NM, she was denied.
“After a long and horrible series of emails, the VP of MANA actually stated that she believes patriarchy hurts men more than women and that women who believe there is a global brutal system of male supremacy oppressing female people are ‘dysfunctional’ and coming from a victim mindset,” Singleton explained. “I was told that the presence of WoLF in the exhibit hall would make people ‘feel unsafe.’”
Why, you might wonder, would someone who has served on the boards of directors of MANA and the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives and currently serves on the advisory board of the Stop Patriarchy Abortion Rights Freedom Ride and is the chair of the WoLF’s Reproductive Autonomy task force make people at a midwifery convention feel “unsafe”?
We’ll get to that soon enough. For now, here’s what happened next:
“In the time-honored tradition of blacklisted radical groups, we will be hosting a shadow convention, a radical feminist consciousness raising open house in a suite at the hotel” said Singleton. “We are inviting conference attendees and local women and allies to see the information being censored by MANA. WoLF members who were involved in the fight for abortion rights in the 60s and 70s will be talking about the history of the women’s self-help movement and how they created underground abortion services and home-birth networks. Other topics to be covered will include the growing commodification and trafficking of women’s bodies in the egg, surrogacy, and breast milk markets; forced professionalization as a barrier to women’s health liberation; cervical self-exam; and the multi-billion dollar gender industrial complex.”
She added: “Chocolate and chili will be served.”
With all that as motivation, Mary Lou and I recently discussed patriarchy, equal rights, gender, violence, de-platforming, erasure, and more. Our conversation went a little something like this…
Read the interview at The Soapbox.