Alt Press Pick of the Week: Calling Out Sexism on the Left

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Rape allegations. Sexual harassment. Patriarchal abuse of power. No, this time the accusations are not against Catholic clergy or American politicians, but rather a high-ranking member of the Socialist Workers Party in the United Kingdom. Unhappiness over how the party handled the scandal has sparked a mass exodus of members. In Sexism and the Left: Fight the (Invisible) Power,” from the April/​May issue of Red Pepper, Zoe Stavri uses this case to shine a broad light on persistent sexism within the Left.
Stavri argues that sexism in its myriad abusive forms is a menacing aspect of the Left that must be addressed. She closes by asking, What is the point of undoing visible hierarchies when the invisible ones remain in place?” Everyone on the Left needs a really good answer to this question.
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Democratic Rep. Summer Lee, who at the time was a candidate for the state House, at a demonstration in Pittsburgh for Antwon Rose, who was killed by police, in 2018. Lee recently defeated her 2024 primary challenger.
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