Toronto Feminists

Dangerous Women’s Libbers

Just an interesting piece from the Toronto Star and how the RCMP investigated 2nd wave feminist groups fearing they would be easy prey for leftist, communist influences.  What the researchers combing through the RCMP’s files have found is:

The memo on the Winnipeg conference describes one session as “consisting of about one hundred sweating uncombed women standing around in the middle of the floor with their arms around each other crying sisterhood and dancing.”

Women’s groups emerging from the New Left rejected standard notions of leadership as elitist, turned public protest into playful performances, took issue with capitalism and dismissed conformist ideas of middle-class femininity, the authors note.

The Mounties, used to keeping tabs on organizations run by men, didn’t know quite what to make of the long-haired women in scruffy blue jeans.

“They were at a loss to understand their strategies, their goals, their tactics,” said Sethna.

So, FYI, we’ll be looking for spies at the next meetup and try not to bathe this week if possible, we don’t want to let anyone down  😉

-nichole

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Written by outdoorsgrrl

August 5, 2008 at 4:13 pm

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