Together we can’t!

A non-male or non-heteronormative politician has to go through all the closed gates, through windows, purify their intentions to serve the cause without attempting to question and subvert the political and societal structures, which were bread by the patriarchy. It is wildly feared that such politicians will turn the world into Babylon. Out of many fears, this particular one is the least irrational. Indeed, questioning systems that stink can and will amplify voices that were never heard, unravel the languages that we didn’t even know existed.

Politicized marginal groups have always looked up to progressive, leftist movements, which have accommodated many of us. Leftist movements have benefited from being inclusive, from being somewhat representative of minorities, but soon realized that within the modern over-simplified political milieu pluralism can confuse voters. With nationalism on its raise, the left decided to shift the paradigm from embracing diversity to dismissing it. Emerging popular movements claim the knowledge of what people are and what people want. Their policies are relying on post-material white-collar concerns and populist anti-establishment mobilization. This sometimes translates into abandoning very little progress that we’ve made in the battle against patriarchy in number of domains of our social and political life. The new popular approach is bizarrely post-gender, therefore, criticisms for single-man leadership are being instantaneously delegitimized. Guess what, we may have battles to win for working class and ones who are struggling, but sometimes it takes more than just a man with a fabulous long hair to represent us all.

This issue goes even farther than representation. Analyzing the rhetoric of these movements, it seems to me that the only identity they find really hard to let go is the national identity and when national flags are waved, all non-male and queer people see is dozens of cheap fabric tinted in monochromatic color of patriarchy. That color is very last decade and please, don’t try to make it happen again in 2016! Let it go!

We as Greens, who have strong affiliation with eco-socialist ideas and somehow contextualize ourselves within the history of leftist movements, have come a long way to understanding that sustainable future is not going to become a reality anytime soon, if we do not commit to gendering democracy. We understand that we are facing serious problems with representation and the measures need to be practiced heavily. Do we?

Green parties in some countries go in coalition with the popular leftist movements for the sake of electoral success. Fair enough. Now the question is, how do we ensure that these partnerships are not another Pandora’s box?

/Gio Megrelishvili

Project Manager at the Federation of Young European Greens

Gender Studies master programme graduate 

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