Taras Voznyak (Editor-in-Chief)
The Independent cultural journal "JI"
This issue is published in co-operation with Heinrich-Boell-Fund (Berlin)
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Feminism has died, - I say at the door of third millennium changing the famous phrase of Nitzsche. And it makes me blue.
World feminism has a large spectrum, everything could be found here - starting from the radical feminism striving for physical annihilation of men (remind Valerie Solanas and her manifest for men annihilation) through tolerant feminism to Christian women organisations, which are feminist in wide meaning of this word.
The situation in Ukraine reminds me the well-known Ukrainian proverb: "Heard the bell without knowing where it is". There are several centres of theoretical feminism in Ukraine - Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa. They are occupied mostly by philosophy and theory of feminism, what is undoubtedly important. Besides that, on my opinion, there are few hundred of different feminist organisations in Ukraine, which are not too active, working without being in touch between each other and competing for grants. Sometimes there are wonders whether those organisations were made as single grant project. Suppose the West gives money for ecology or women, we would be occupied by ecology and women. Such misuses are happening quite often, but the problem is how to separate the corn and the dust.
The women organisations often have no concrete subject of research studying all and nothing at the same time. On the other side, they include to the feminism everything, what contains the term "woman". Women departments of men organisations is one more kind of women organisations.
There is no one who can serve as a charismatic figure expressing ideas and desires of women - neither in the world nor in Ukraine. No specimen, no soil, no seeds planted.
But let's move back to Ukrainian context. Ukrainian men can sleep without trouble: actually there are no threats of matriarchate. Patriarchate is not actual already as well. For me personally terra feminea is not the place where I want to live. And one thing more. When feminist women talk about men as an enemy sex, I pose the question to myself: are they franc enough? Because it's not a question for me. Men and women are equal in their suffers in Ukraine. Sometimes men feel themselves even worse, while having no chance to earn enough for family support he gets crisis of his sex identity. Creating friendly and comfortable world together is the only way we can change ourselves.
Men and women are really very different by their origin, they can achieve mutual understanding only in some cases and for a short period, yet they can't live without each other . We have to choose partnership and co-operation instead of confrontation.
All texts are available in Ukrainian (archive Ukr.)
Martha Bogachevska "Nationalism
And Feminism: One Coin Of Common Use" (Eng.)
Oksana Kis' "Feminism Definitions"
Natalia Chukhym "Gender And Gender Studies In 20eth Century"
New stage of feminism or - back to the origin? Round table of "Wiez'" magazine (Poland) proposes an example of interesting discussion about relationships between Roman Catholic Church and feminist movement.
Miglena Nikolchina "Feminism In Love Racourse"
Interview Alice Schwarzer with Domenica.
Nadezda Cetkovic "Epistolae: Spring 1999"
Jasmina Tesanovic "About Morality: A Moral Opera Of One Political Idiot", novel fragments.
Laryssa Harmash "Lu Salome - "Perfect Friend" and "Absolute
Evil" in the life of Friedriech Nitzsche.
Vita Susack "Cherchez Les Femmes A l'Ecole De Paris" ("Look
For The Women In The School Of Paris")
Erica Jong Women's Twenty Wrong Imaginations.
Manuela Gretkowska Latin Lover
Maria Kryvenko Short Stories a la Khvylyovyj
Volodymyr Yeshkilev "Pathos", novel fragments.
Nicole-Claude Mathieu "He's Culture, She's Nature?"
Tanya Khoma. "Was Feminism In Ukraine?"
Slawka Walczewska. "Personal Liberty. Home Matriarchate"
Sergey Kuznyetsov. "Camilla Paglia: A Black Sheep Of American
Susanne Weingarten, Marianne Wellershoff. "Feminism Without
Diane Emdin "French Feminism in 20eth century".
Valerie Solanas "SCUM Manifesto"
Virginia Woolf. "Women And Narrative Literature"
Tamara Hundorova. "A Woman And A Mirror"
Nila Zborovs'ka "Let The Music Play!"
Oksana Kis' "Some Peculiarities Of The Attitude To The Widow
(In Ukraine , 19th - beg. 20eth Centuries)"
Jasmina Tesanovic. "Anna Karenina in Beograd"
Lora Malvi "Visual Pleasure And Narrative Film"
Dubravka Ugresic "We Are Brave Guys"
Olga Tokarczuk "A Book Men Journey"
Wojciech Eichelberger "Women's Fury"
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