A feminista szövegeket nemcsak a nőknek írják! Feminist texts are not just for feminists! (English below)

A cikk a nemzetközi sajtóban jelent meg, önkénteseink ajánlották:

Egy svéd professzor vette a fáradtságot, és elolvasott 13 könyvet jelentős feminista szerzőktől, többek között Beauvoirtól, Hookstól és Adichietől. A cikkben összefoglalt tanulságok sokak számára jelenthetnek újdonságot, és azt reméljük, hogy más férfiakat is motiválni fognak arra, hogy foglalkozzanak a nők által a mindennapokban megélt tapasztalatokkal. A pozíciójából fakadó előnyöket a professzor fel tudta használni arra, hogy hangot adjon ezeknek a nőknek: a harcaiknak, az akadémiai munkásságuknak és az aktivizmusuknak. A könyvek nagy részét megtaláljátok a könyvtárban, mindenkit várunk, olvassátok őket!


Részlet a cikkből:

“Fájdalmas volt hallgatni ezeket a történeteket a rendszerszintű szexuális zaklatásról, amelyek a #metoo kapcsán jöttek a felszínre az elmúlt időszakban. Azonban tanultam is belőlük, mivel kényszerítettek arra, hogy meglássak olyan dolgokat, amiket eddig nem vettem észre. Ezelőtt is tudtam, hogy a szexuális erőszak egy elterjedt jelenség, de azt nem, hogy ennyire. Azt is tudtam, hogy mennyiszer az áldozatot hibáztatják, de ennyire konkrétan és sokkolóan nyilvánvaló módon nem láttam soha.


Későn jöttem rá ezekre a dolgokra, és az év során sok, régóta megválaszolásra váró kérdés merült fel bennem: hogy tudják a férfiak kimutatni szolidaritásukat a nők iránt, és mit tehetünk a toxikus maszkulinitás kultúrája ellen, hogyan kezdhetünk önvizsgálatot?”


Feminist texts are not just for feminists!

This article is from the international press recommended by our staff and volunteers:

This Swedish professor decided to take the time to read 13 of the most influential feminist writers including DeBeauvoir, hooks and Adichie. What he learned and relates here will be eye-opening for many. We hope that the perspective he brings helps lead other men to educate themselves about women’s real-life experiences. Also, importantly, he is using his position to give these women voice and credit for their struggles, scholarship and activism. Most of these texts are available at the library, feel free to stop by to open one, or all of them!


Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“It has been painful to listen to the stories of systematic sexual abuse that have emerged as a result of the #MeToo movement, and also an education; it has forced me to see things I had failed to see in the past. Before, I knew sexual assaults were endemic, but I didn’t realise they were this endemic. I also understood that the blame is often put on the victim. But I had never really seen this, not in such a concrete and shockingly visible way.


“It has been a late awakening and, over the course of the year, a couple of overdue questions emerged: what can men do to show solidarity with women, and what can we do to address a culture of toxic masculinity and begin examining ourselves?”


13 feminist classics

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft, 1792
The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir, 1949
The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan, 1963
The Female Eunuch, Germaine Greer, 1970
Woman Hating, Andrea Dworkin, 1974
Women, Race and Class, Angela Davis, 1981
Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde, 1984
Gender Trouble, Judith Butler, 1990
Feminism Is for Everybody, bell hooks, 2000
Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg, 2013
Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit, 2014
Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay, 2014
We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2014.


Gender Studies ‘Banned’ in Hungary

Now, more than ever, it is vitally important to arm ourselves with knowledge against those wishing to keep us in ignorance. As the Hungarian state issues increasingly more restrictive orders to prevent the formal study of gender in educational institutions and even simple lectures including mention of gender roles, we step up our efforts to bring attention to this essential social fact.

This library and the organizations and community it is home to recognize the vital importance of the study of gender. Erasing facts, dismissing science as ideology, ignoring any perspective which does not support your own- these are desperate and despotic actions. Gender studies threatens Fidesz’ Christian-value-based vision for the future- a future that returns us right back to the past!

Although many see gender as a study of how people are different, this science is also a celebration of the basic humanity that we all share. It gives us insight into our own collective and personal identities and capacities, as well as freeing us from the forced binary which is the root of so much oppression and violence.

We are working hard to make this library a functional and open space for gathering knowledge and people together in solidarity in the pursuit of a society based on self-knowledge, liberty and humanity. In this climate of repression, where the government doesn’t want people to even think about gender and the order it imposes on society, the library is home to programs aiming to keep the flame of critical thinking and community education alight. The books show alternative, critical views on social structures including gender, race and class. The point of the library is to stimulate thought, ideas and action to further the progress of society. We will continue to play host to individuals and groups who want to know the facts and theories about gender and social structures despite the intimidation tactics of the state, we will not self-sensor, we will keep the conversation going.

Books are weapons of knowledge, come arm yourself!



*This segment presents the point of view of a foreigner living in Budapest and as such will mainly be of interest to those not already familiar with the current state of intellectual and political activity in Hungary.