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The Xenofeminist Manifesto: A Politics for Alienation

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The Strelka team recommends a manifesto for a new futuristic feminism by Laboria Cuboniks as an ultimate must-read on International Women’s Day.

Published by New York / London: Verso, 2018.

The Xenofeminist Manifesto was initially published in 2015 by a collective of six female authors, including an artist, a writer, and Strelka visiting lecturer Patricia Reed, in an attempt to articulate a form of feminism fit for the 21st century.

Described as a pocket color manifesto for a new futuristic feminism, the book advocates for gender, race, and class abolitionism, as well as anti-naturalism politics and the reappropriation and repurposing of technology. It explores “both tyrannical and emancipatory possibilities of technology, seeking to uproot forces of repression that have come to seem inevitable – from the family, to the body, to the idea of gender itself.”

It aims to expand what can be conceived as a feminist practice, broadening the limits of what feminist discourse is. Insisting that injustice should not simply be accepted as “the way things are,” Laboria Cuboniks argues against nature and biological essentialism.

 

Excerpt:

“Xenofeminism is not a bid for revolution, but a wager on the long game of history, demanding imagination, dexterity, and persistence.

Xenofeminism seeks to construct a coalitional politics, a politics without the infection of purity.

Is xenofeminism a programme? Not if this means anything so crude as a recipe, or a single-purpose tool by which a determinate problem is solved.

Xenofeminism is a platform, an incipient ambition to construct a new language for sexual politics – a language that seizes its own methods as materials to be reworked, and incrementally bootstraps itself into existence.

Xenofeminism is a politics for alienation.”

You can purchase the book here.

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