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Analysis: Gender and Sexuality

The Meeting of a Feminist and Communal School

(National School of People's Feminism - Escuela Nacional de Feminismo Popular)

On October 2-4th, feminist movements and collectives from across Venezuela came together for the third National School of People’s Feminism. In the summary that follows, the People’s Feminist School details the workshops that were discussed, as well as their strategy for advancing feminist practices within the Bolivarian revolution, particularly in terms of the creation of the “anti-patriarchal” commune.

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Petrizzelli's Ti@s: "Shak[ing] the World in a Very Necessary Way"

"Ti@s" official billboard featuring Celia (Ti@s)

VA’s Lucas Koerner brings readers an analysis of the new documentary Ti@s which narrates the lives of six ageing gay “uncles” in Venezuela. The analysis offers us an insight into the reality of Venezuela’s LGBTQ community and the limits of the Revolution's attempts to deliver historic justice to subaltern groups within the confines of global capitalism. 

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Attempts to Malign Venezuela as “Homophobic State” Have Backfired

An image made popular after Freddy Bernal’s comments about homosexual police last week. (Credit: ASGDRe)'s Z.C. Dutka unmasks the recent attempts to slander the Venezuelan government as "homophobic" which have been spearheaded by rightwing Venezuelan NGOs, the corporate press, and the U.S. State Department. Dutka counters these distortions and fabrications by giving voice to grassroots LGBTQ activists, who offer a dialectical accessment of the gains and ongoing challenges of the "sexual revolution" in Venezuela.

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The National Assembly of Venezuela Considers Demands of Gay Pride Marchers

 June 29, Pride street party in Caracas. (Arlene Eisen/Venezuelanalysis)

The LGBTI community of Caracas observed the 14th Annual Pride Weekend with at least two separate demonstrations. Despite their disunity, the National Assembly (AN) announced they would debate some of the demands of the LGBTI movement.

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Update: Childcare Workers Suspend Vigil, Begin Negotiations inside Venezuela’s National Assembly

A few of the childcare workers towards the end of day 2 of vigil (Arlene Eisen)

Ten days ago, with at least one representative from each of Venezuela’s 23 states, some 100 childcare workers gathered for a vigil outside the National Assembly. They vowed they would stay until the government acted on their demands for a living wage, benefits and recognition as workers.

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Afrodescendant Group of Venezuela’s National Institute of Women Make Contact with Remote Community

From left to right: Yeisenia Soto, Gisela León and school staff. Photo by Arlene Eisen

Outsiders rarely visit Quebrada Fo Fa, an Afrodescendant community some 30 kilometers of unpaved road away from the main highway between Caracas and the better known coastal towns of Barlovento. On May 22, staff from the Afrodescendant Group of the National Institute of Women (INAMUJER), based in Caracas,  travelled to Quebrada Fo Fa  to establish ties with community members there.

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Gender Equality: Better than Flowers on Mother's Day

mother's day

When we talk about Mother’s Day, the first thing that comes to mind is an image of a loving woman, dedicated to the her home and family. But since the Revolution came to Venezuela, that vision has taken on another hue, women’s rights have been reclaimed within society, through an unprecedented judicial framework intent on defending gender equality.

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On Mannequins and Plastic Surgery in Venezuela, Context is Key

(New York Times)

Are Venezolanas really that much more invested in a limited beauty standard than women elsewhere? As a Venezolana myself, I have to say that this article about the trend in ridiculously busty mannequins in Venezuela – and how that both reflects and affects a new-ish plastic-surgeried reality – made me bristle a bit in its ethnocentrism.

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‘‘We are Volcanoes’’: Transgressing the Silence of Motherhood

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In Venezuela mothers are at the heart of a reinvention of revolutionary politics. From the election of Chavez as president in 1998, women have been valued and recognised as political subjects.

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Venezuela Promotes Breastfeeding over Baby Food, Corporate Media Spins Out of Control

A Venezuelan public media journalist breastfeeds as she works. Such public breastfeeding is fairly accepted in Venezuela (blog.c

Venezuela’s national assembly is debating a reform to its breastfeeding law which could see baby food companies like Nestle fined in certain situations. The corporate media have reacted hysterically to the law, claiming that President Nicolas Maduro is “taking bottles from babies’ mouths”.

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Venezuela, Chavez, and the Women’s Revolution

Some have argued that Chavez "masculinised" Venezuelan politics, yet women are everywhere to be seen in Venezuela's messy, problematic, beautiful and very joyful revolution.

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Venezuela: Women and the Health of a People

(Jean Araud)

The author examines how in little over ten years the Bolivarian Revolution has not only attended to the population sectors that didn’t have medical services in their communities, but now these sectors are also generating their own doctors.

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Venezuela: The Dangers of a Revolution against a Woman’s Right to Abortion

“I can and must decide about my body, health and life. For our right to decide – safe abortion. 28 September campaign for th

In Venezuela, more people are opposed to abortion than they are to violence in a relationship. 87% of Venezuelans would criticise a 17 year old teenager deciding to get an abortion, a figure which is just slightly less than those who identify as Christian. This is not just a reflection of how strong an influence the Church still has in Venezuela, but also of how small the gains have been for women in this revolution in terms of sexual rights.

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“Now is the time!”: Struggle for Sexual Diversity in Venezuela

Maria Gabriela Blanco (Spronk and Webber)

In this interview, Maria Gabriela Blanco of the Revolutionary Alliance of Sex-Gender Diversity, discusses the building of the sexual diversity movement and the obstacles faced, the meaning of 'socialism' and the importance of the upcoming elections.


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Sexual Diversity Leaders on Marriage, Participation, and Homophobia in Venezuela

Two sexual diversity activists discuss the ups and downs in the Bolivarian revolution in terms of their rights.

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