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Lactivism and Mothering as Libertarian Social Practices: A Feminist Plea

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Ester Massó Guijarro

Department of Philosophy I, University of Granada, Granada, Spain.

*Corresponding author: Ester Massó Guijarro

Abstract

These are turbulent times, days of crisis and transformation, days in which many people try to change the world in many different ways. Social movements in which the public sphere is taken from the margins, with new ways of politics—namely, of entering the public arena—aiming at changing the world, seeking to achieve greater justice and express outrage at injustice. In the 1990s, the Mexican Zapatista revolution’s battle cry was the idea of changing the world without taking the power. That is to say: governmental power. The phrase and the idea had such an impact that they ended up in a book, which became a reference in social sciences: Change the world without taking power, written by John Holloway. The author studied the Zapatista movement; how structures for action and thought needed to be changed to enable a fairer world, not necessarily by traditional policies (political parties, representative government…). Thus, we find vibrant and telling examples of how to change the world without taking the power, of how to engage in politics from the grassroots, of how to start a revolution from the crib (from the arms!), in the most literal sense, in the relentless daily activity of breastfeeding and parenting support groups. Because, if we begin to raise from the base, and mothering children, future people—thus, the future base of society, in a respected and emotionally stable way, we will be laying the first foundations for pacific, diverse and respectful societies. Such groups and the people that give life to them are also a striking example of the catch phrase across the field of social struggles for alter-globalization as a means to build a fairer world: “think global, act local”. These groups, which have a marked horizontal nature—non-adultocentric—change the world without taking power. Even though we may actually empower ourselves in different ways, we think globally when we act locally, every day, with our children.

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Massó Guijarro, Ester. (2021). Infancia y pandemia: crónica de una ausencia anunciada. Salud Colectiva, 17. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18294/sc.2021.3303.

Massó Guijarro, Ester. (2020). Cuidado y justicia en tiempos de coronavirus: cuando la empatía no basta. In E. Massó Guijarro (Ed.), Ética y salud en tiempos de pandemia: reflexiones sobre cuidados y justicia social. Enrahonar. An International Journal of Theoretical and Practical Reason, 65: 7-14. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/enrahonar.1313.

Massó Guijarro, Ester y Triviño Caballero, Rosana. (2020). Parto y aborto en tiempos de coronavirus: el impacto de la pandemia en los derechos sexuales y reproductivos. In E. Massó Guijarro (Ed.), Ética y salud en tiempos de pandemia: reflexiones sobre cuidados y justicia social. Enrahonar. An International Journal of Theoretical and Practical Reason, 65: 117-130. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/enrahonar.1305.

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Lactivism and Mothering as Libertarian Social Practices: A Feminist Plea

How to cite this paper: Ester Massó Guijarro. (2022) Lactivism and Mothering as Libertarian Social Practices: A Feminist PleaJournal of Humanities, Arts and Social Science6(1), 43-49.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/jhass.2022.01.004

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