Take Back The Fight

Organizing Feminism for the Digital Age

By Nora Loreto  

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This book will ship by October 15th, 2020.

Two decades of neoliberalism have destroyed a structured, pan-regional feminist movement in Canada. As a result, new generations of feminists have come to age without ever seeing the force that an organized social movement can have in democratic society. They have never benefited from the knowledge, the debates, the actions, the mass mobilizations or the leadership that all accompany a social movement and instead organize in decentralized silos. As a result, government and corporate leaders have co-opted feminism to turn it into something that can be bought, sold, or used to attract voters. Campaigns like #BeenRapedNeverReported, #MeToo, the SlutWalks and the Canadian Women’s marches, while important, don’t yet have the organized power to bring the changes that activists seek to make in society.

In Take Back The Fight, Nora Loreto examines the state of modern feminism in Canada and argues that feminists must organize to take back feminism from politicians, business leaders and journalists who distort and obscure its power. Furthermore, Loreto urges today’s activists to overcome the challenges that sank the movement decades ago, to stop centering whiteness as the quintessential woman’s experience, and to find ways to rebuild the communities that have been obliterated by neoliberal economic policies.

“Take Back the Fight is an excellent analysis of the rise and decline of second-wave feminism in Canada and in particular of the extraordinary National Action Committee on the Status of Women. Nora Loreto shows both the strengths and the weaknesses of Canada’s largest feminist organization, giving readers an anti-racist feminist view of that history and persuasively argues that we need a cross-country organization to unite feminist activists today. Thank you to Nora for making this important part of activist history come alive for readers and now be documented for history.”

— Judy Rebick, author of Ten Thousand Roses and former President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women 1990-1993

“Charting a tumultuous history of mainstream feminism, Nora Loreto’s Take Back the Fight is a clarion call for a large-scale, intersectional and radical feminist movement in Canada.”

— Harsha Walia, author of Undoing Border Imperialism

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Contents

  • Introduction: If Mainstream Feminism Says Everything Can Be Feminist, Is Anything Feminist?
  • White Supremacy and the First Feminist Waves in Canada
  • Neoliberalism and Decentralized Activism
  • Feminism in the Digital Era
  • Social Movement Organizations as a Vehicle for Change
  • Debating and Re-debating What is Feminism
  • Disseminating Feminist Knowedge in the Digital Era
  • Ad Hoc Organizing in the Digital Age
  • Accountable Leadership
  • Feminist Opposition to Power
  • Mainstreaming Anti-capitalist, Anti-racist Feminism
  • Conclusion
  • Endnotes

Authors

  • Nora Loreto

    Nora Loreto is a writer and activist from Quebec City. She writes regularly for the National Observer, The Washington Post and many other publications. She’s the editor of the Canadian Association of Labour Media, and, with Sandy Hudson, she hosts a popular podcast called “Sandy and Nora Talk Politics.” She is also the author of From Demonized to Organized: Building the New Union Movement.

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