RebELLEs Feminists Fighting with Love and Rage

By Legault, Barbara | Canadian Dimension, November-December 2010 | Go to article overview

RebELLEs Feminists Fighting with Love and Rage


Legault, Barbara, Canadian Dimension


JN OCTOBER 2008, under the theme of Toujours RebELLES--Waves of Resistance, 500 young feminists, aged fourteen to thirty-five, from all regions of Canada and Quebec gathered in Montreal. What motivated a group of young Quebec feminists to invest incommensurable energy and political courage in this J adventure and organize what became the RebELLEs Movement? At the root of our feminist fever to organize collectively was the conviction that the Canadian feminist movement was greatly weakened by years of. attacks and cutbacks and needed new energy, fresh ideas and, mostly, was in dire need of the activist commitment of thousands of young feminists to fight the rise of the right that pervades the state and our minds, and to organize to defend womyn's rights for. the coming years and decades.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

"Toujours RebELLES": The 2008 Gathering

By opening a brand new space, the 2008 RebELLEs Gathering broke new ground, allowing young feminists from all corners of Canada to meet, discuss our realities, our feminist and personal victories, our struggles, our fierce transformative anger and our feminist spirit. The atmosphere at the gathering was, at times, charged and electric, at other moments, more introspective.

One central aspect of the gathering was the quick transition from analysis to action. After having analyzed and discussed specific issues in one of the thirty workshops offered, participants collectively organized an action with the other participants of their workshop. Twenty creative resistance actions took place the same afternoon in the streets of Montreal. Actions included everything from radical cheerleading, to feminist batucadas in the middle of the streets, to theatre of the oppressed inspired pieces in the metro, interactive banners denouncing womyn's poverty ... and much more.

Another central objective of the gathering was to share and deepen our analysis on the current rise of the right-wing fundamentalist ideology and policy, in order to develop strategies to fight back. It was mostly through the discussions, debates and finally the adoption of the RebELLEs Manifesto that we materialized this goal. The Manifesto acts as our political platform and basis of unity, supporting identification with the movement and the very organization of our struggles.

Beyond Networking

The RebELLEs movement mobilizes and brings together young feminists from all over Canada, in a way that builds on the plurality of our ages, backgrounds, cuLtural identities, contexts of life, political trends and analyses. It serves as an entry point into feminism or activism and gives everyone a space to experiment on many levels, make mistakes and organize with feminist sisters. It is an extremely creative movement in the way that we organize and overcome major obstacles. We create alternative anti-hierarchical practices, democratic processes of organization and of pan Canadian coordination. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

RebELLEs Feminists Fighting with Love and Rage
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.