The development of the feminist movement (this movement is perhaps the most solid bastion that has resisted fascism in Europe since 1968) allows us at last to ask the question: if we do not analyze the kind of "consent" or of relationship that there was (or that there is?) between women and fascist ideology -- in other words if we do not analyze how and why fascism mystified women -- feminism itself (as well as avantgarde politics) will be cut off from its historical hinterland, suspended like a balloon atemporal, immemorial, and therefore deprived of the essential dialectic necessary to an understanding of today's risks and the direction of the main thrust of the feminine and revolutionary struggle.
Translated by Elaine Marks
From "Sexualité féminine dans l'idéologie fasciste" [Feminine sexuality in fascist ideology] in Tel quel, Summer 1976. This is an extract from a speech delivered at the International Conference on Sexuality and Politics held in Milan, November 28, 1975.