HEX THE PATRIARCHY Reading Group: Witches, Witch-Hunting and Women*
On the 4th of April, when the New Moon rises, we will start to explore the relationship between witchcraft, anti-capitalism and feminism!
Women* who have opposed capitalism, patriarchy and Christian power structures have often been labelled as witches, with the result that many have been tortured, hanged, burned or killed in other terrible ways. The genocide of women during the early modern witch-hunt era in Europe is often overlooked when we talk of periods in history that have had an impact on social inequalities in contemporary society. Yet, these witch-hunts occurred during the rise of modern day capitalism, and when the political and economic power of the church became very important. Christianity and capitalism sailed together to other places and there too, decided that powerful women*, medicine women*, shamans and everyone who they saw as ‘witches’ were destroyed. Together capitalism and Christianity survive and become stronger through patriarchal power structures – let’s hex them and destroy them!
We will dive into the history of the witchhunts and its connection to capitalism with the help of Silvia Federici’s research. We will especially focus on ‘Witches, Witch-hunting and Women’. She will offer us an explanation of how anti-capitalism should be connected with feminism, and the other way around.
The book ‘Witches, Witch-Hunting and Women’ can be bought at the anarchist bookstore the Opstand, https://opstand.noblogs.org/.
At the Opstand a copy of chapters 2, 3 and 4 can be found.
And you can email kattenkwaad-haf(at)riseup.net for a pdf.
Het Patriarkraakt is a monthly talking group about toxic masculinity. We hope to create a space for self-reflection, to educate each other about feminism and sexism. To enable us to think in a healthy way about these issues, and to learn healthy behavior. A space to share questions, doubts, experiences and self-criticism.
The third session takes places on March 13th, this time in The Hague. This session we’re combining parts of the first two sessions. We will discuss what the patriarchy is and how it has operated in our lives. Then we’ll be looking for way to make our activist spaces safer for women, trans people and queers.
Everyone is welcome, but the talking group is focused on (the experiences of):
– Cis men
– People who want to unlearn toxic masculinity (regardless of your gender)
If this doesn’t apply to you, then you are still very much welcome. Especially if you think others can learn from you, or if you think you can learn from others.
Why do we do this?
In this patriarchal society we are taught toxic masculinity. This means that we are not able to sustain relationships in a healthy way (friendly, romantic…) . We learn to emotionally cut ourselves off from ourselves and others. We learn that aggression and violence are the only means to solve conflicts. We learn that we don’t need to listen to women/non-men and that we can cross their personal boundaries. We learn to commit sexual violence and to see it as normal or innocent.
Our activist spaces are not free from toxic masculinity. Here too we find sexism and sexual violence. Here too there is a dude-culture (brocialism/manarchism). We want to change this. We hope that this talking group will contribute to making activist spaces safer for women, non-men, trans people and queers.
Wednesday March 13th
Ruige Rog (Roggeveenstraat 56), The Hague
19:00 vegan food
19:30 start program
On the 9th of March is the Women’s* March on Amsterdam!
Kattenkwaad will join the March and walk in the intersectional and anticapitalist block. If you also want to go, and would like to make a banner or a sign, you are welcome to join our preperation meeting on the 8th of March!
We will meet at the Samenscholing around 19:00, and together start making banners/signs. If you don’t know what to make, you can help us with painting the Kattenkwaad banner.
There will be vegan snacks at the preperation meeting and nice music.
We hope to see you there!
More information on the Women’s* March on Amsterdam can be found on their Facebook event: Women’s* March on Amsterdam
More information on the intersectional and anti-capitalist block can be found on the Facebook event created by the Vrije Bond: Intersectional/Anticapitalist block
Women* refers to everyone who identifies as a woman, or who struggles with being misgendered as a woman.
Abort the Patriarchy Benefit Eatcafé and Concert for ANA, Den Haag
On the 22nd of March, the feminist initiative Kattenkwaad organizes a benefit eatcafé and a concert for Abortion Network Amsterdam (ANA)!
ANA exists is a group of volunteers who came together to create a network of support for women who don’t have access to safe abortion because of a number of reasons:
– they don’t have access to legal abortion in the country of origin;
– the country where they reside doesn’t provide late term abortion;
– they don’t have access to legal abortion because of their status in the country
ANA provides the women with housing and some of the basic needs, help with transportation and translation in some cases. We make sure they get all the documents needed for the abortion, help set up an appointment as well as choose the appropriate clinic in the Netherlands.
The feminist (and vegan) eatcafé starts around 18:00.
The concert start around 20:00.
On the 23rd of February we will be at 2.Dh5 with our stand!
Come and visit us to get more information on Kattenkwaad, and on how you can get involved. At our stand you will find some zines, buttons, patches and anarcha-feminist flags.
Feminist VOKU at the Ruige Rog!
On monday the 4th of February Kattenkwaad organises a benefit eatcafé in the Ruige Rog! Since we started our collective at the end of last year, we could use some money to create some great anarcha-feminist stickers, artworks, flyers, patches and more!
Kattenkwaad is an autonomous feminist initiative from the Hague, initiated by local activists who wish to organise themselves around feminist issues in a horizontal way. We strive for a society free of racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia or other discriminatory or oppressive behaviour and consider the revealing and rejection of social inequality the first necessary step to achieve change. Therefore we organise different kinds of gatherings and actions, directly or indirectly relating to patriarchal oppression or gender inequality.
Food will be on donation and of course it will be vegan!
Address: Roggeveenstraat 56, 2518 TM, The Hague
Opening time Ruige Rog: 18:00, start of dinner: 19:00