The Third Carnival of Radical Feminists is scheduled for June 30 over at Jo’s place, Stanselen. She says you can get last-minute submissions in even though the deadline has theoretically passed. That’s what I like about anarchafeminist types like Jo; we agree that the way time is measured under male heterosupremacy is dehumanizing and oppressive, and that keeping human-being time, people time, wimmin-time, feminist time, instead, is liberatory and empowering, especially when we’re doing it together, in solidarity and intentionally.
So submit all of the great radical feminist articles you’ve been reading here.
If you’d like to sign up to host a future carnival, please do! The current schedule is here and the first opening is in January of 2008.
I will leave you with a word about patriarchal time from Sonia Johnson (who, this weekend, I will be meeting and hearing for the first time since I encountered her life-changings writings!)
All around me every day I hear people complain, “I don’t have time.” “There’s not enough time.” “I need 36 hours in every day.” I say it myself, although I know that there is plenty of time, all the time we could possibly ever need; time is what there is an infinite supply of in the universe, and time is life. Perhaps we should ask ourselves the obvious question, “If there is plenty of time and I don’t have it, where is it, who has it, and how can I get my share of it back?”
That this scarcity of time has seemed inevitable until now is instructive. If you can persuade people that there isn’t enough time, if you can persuade them that this time deprivation is unchangeable “reality,” and if you can simultaneously organize society in a way that bears out your contention that there seems in fact to be very little time, you can steal people’s lives from them.
The initial time/life you would steal would be from their minds. Your success in getting people to think there is no time would cause them to limit themselves. By causing them to behave as if it were true, you could effectively establish time-poverty as their reality.
What would happen to tyrants if slaves refused the concept of limited time? What if they believed that there was all the time they needed, and freely partook of it to think, to talk and listen to one another, to dream, to love fully, to create music, art and literature, to play games and climb mountains? Tyranny, nonfreedom, means primarily having no time for oneself. Ownership of others’ bodies means dictating how those bodies spend their time.
…Free people need not only space — rooms of their own — but time of their own as well. Any benificent society, therefore, that is not simply the old one under a different rubric must first free our time, give us “free time.” That such an oppression as “free time” exists is evidence that the rest of our time is “slave time.”
…In the Western world we often hear the phrase “Time is money,” and every successfully socialized adult knows that this is not meant metaphorically but literally. We blur any distinction between time and money thoroughly and unconsciously every time we talk about “spending time,” or deplore what certain activities “cost” us in time, or always try to “save” time, or “give” time in the place of money… or when we pay a fine with money rather than with time in jail.
If time and life are in many critical ways synonymous, and if in patriarchy time really is money, then it follows that on planet Earth, money is life.
…I am determined to live in a reality in which the concept of “earning” a living seems as bizarre and sad to everyone as it has come to seem to me…From that language the irony is evident: by making us perceive success at work as proof of our value, patriarchy tricks us into working long, hard hours to maintain it as a system.
But more than that, that phrase exposes the father’s cruel lie that we must earn the right to live. …We know that life doesn’t need to to be — in fact, can’t be — earned, and we are destined to recreate that reality.
[Feminist economist Hazel Henderson posits a] coming “era of posteconomic policy making.” “From now on,” she writes, “as the economic and price-system levers become ever more divorced from reality, industrial societies will need to refocus their attention on policy levers that are nonmonetary, nonfiscal, and nonprice-oriented.”
This is where women … are the gifted, the geniuses — in value-based decisions; that is, in decisions that are nonmonetary, nonfiscal and nonprice-oriented.
Although men have .. used economics to terrorize women (and one another), it is equally true that their “economy” is doomed. Soon everyone who is not already doing so will have to rethink radically the ways we live and work together.
…[When the tyranny of money is broken], the tyranny of Father time [ends]…[We will not] obey the clock…or live by its dictates. [We will not] wear a wristwatch. …[We will know] that having not just enough but an abundance of time is the cornerstone of [our] freedom.
…I believe that for hundreds of thousands of years before patriarchy, time was “Mother time,” perceived by humans as rich, abundant and shimmeringly alive, loosely spiral, deeply and freely associative, sensorially satisfying, connective and restful. … I long for a regulation-free world of self-governing people. …It seems to me, as it has seemed to women before me that only by combining our dreams, our energy, and our material and cultural resources in self-designed and self-created communities with one another can we hope to free enough time for enough women to … make tyranny an anachronism.
–Sonia Johnson, in Wildfire: Igniting the She/Volution, 1989