Brazil’s women are discovering a new way to battle catcalls and street-harassment discrimination: feminist cycling groups. Stand on almost any street in Paris and you’re likely to see a message from Les Colleuses. These messages are from France’s newest feminist art movement, one that anyone can participate in. Her new group, L’Amazone, explicitly excludes transgender women and also maintains a strict anti-sex-work position, controversial in French feminism. Five days after meeting some Femen activists, she was in the street with them, baring her slogan-covered breasts. Thousands of women are now working on the project in Paris, and Stern has heard from groups in Portugal, India, China, Turkey and Canada who are using the same techniques. She moved to a refugee camp — France’s Calais “Jungle” — to teach French to newcomers. Women across Paris, Europe and the rest of the world have connected to the method of expression pioneered by the movement’s founder, 29-year-old radical feminist Marguerite Stern. Nobuko Yoshiya was an influential storyteller who defied gender norms in early-20th-century Japan. Source CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP via Getty. And Stern’s attitude is reflective of a disturbing national trend: A report from SOS Homophobie found that violence against trans and nonbinary people in France increased 130 percent from 2018 to 2019. Here you will find a dazzling array of sculptural works in metal, ceramic, raku and multi media combinations. Stern’s position on trans activism may seem retrograde to other feminists, and her next project may be just as out of step with the times. Stern doesn’t mind: Les Colleuses doesn’t have a rigid hierarchy, she says, and she doesn’t feel the need to control what other people put on walls. She has published a how-to handbook for activists, Heroines of the Streets, that she hopes will offer tools to other women advocating for radical feminism. Shevchenko, a leader of Femen, a prominent feminist group, began leading protests in France, which was how Stern learned the power of performance art for a cause. She wanted to do something in the streets, where those who might never attend a feminist meeting would see the slogans. Born near Auvergne, Stern didn’t learn about feminism growing up. “Many feminists in France believe that trans people have no place in women’s spaces and women’s struggles,” says Emmanuel Beaubatie, a researcher at the French Institute for Demographic Studies. Other members of Les Colleuses, like Camille Lextray, who has taken a leadership role in the movement as Stern has retreated, have been vocal in their support of trans women, refusing to break something as complex as gender down to mere biology. This icon of equality learned a lot from the Swedes. The celebrated Hunger author talks about feminism, creativity and the project she secretly wants to try. Anbara Salam Khalidi's brave gesture to remove her veil in public paved the way for feminists across the Levant and wider Arab world. The art is striking, with large-scale collages and long messages that often take up most of a wall. “Welcome to FireBrand Studio, featuring the sculptural works and creative expression workshops of artist LisBeth Graham. In the face of horrific violence, activists in Peru are taking the lead in dealing with challenges faced across Latin America. Jaya Sharma, the only out-and-proud female BDSM fan in India, is helping the kink community grow. While she has said that trans people should have “the same rights” as others, Stern has also advocated for excluding them from feminist spaces meant to be for women. “We hope that you will visit the site often and look forward to answering questions that you might have.”. Many feminists have understood this well, but some resistance persists.” Beautbatie points out that this isn’t the first time a feminist movement has excluded marginalized people. Stern is what feminists in the U.K. have come to refer to as a TERF, or trans-exclusionary radical feminist. LisBeth in Umbria, Italy. But that doesn’t mean they like everything she has to say. Because she’s a force to be reckoned with in Paris. In 2015, Stern had to take a break. “What makes us women is how we define ourselves. When she moved to Paris at age 18, she was startled by the city’s culture of street harassment — a 2015 survey found that 100 percent of French women had been harassed on public transit. There are exciting wall and tabletop pieces, as well as information regarding custom designs and installations.For those wishing to expand their creative potential or to explore links to their own creative sources, there is information regarding workshops in “Creative Expression. When we put the collages in the streets, it’s like we’re screaming. Originally drawn by Reed Crandall, Firebrand appeared in Police Comics, issues #1 through 13, at which time his series was canceled. Marguerite Stern has taken Paris by storm with her movement to create street art protesting the harassment of women. Feminist, communist, pro-Kurdish … and popular. We just put our screams on the walls.”. Hailing from Philly with deep roots in the tri-State area, Firebrand Entertainment’s management, team, and artists … Stern’s explanation has to do with the idea that entrenched gender roles are a prison: She sees trans women who wear skirts or high heels as reproducing damaging stereotypes that are a tool of patriarchy. Around the same time, Ukrainian feminist activist Inna Shevchenko, exiled from Kiev for her public support of the arrested members of punk band Pussy Riot, took up residence in France. All Rights Reserved. These four riot grrrls are loud and proud about being female — and being woke. You can’t build a movement by WhatsApp groups or Zoom meetings; you need to see each other in real life.”. Become a patron of The Firebrand today: Get access to exclusive content and experiences on the world’s largest membership platform for artists and creators. But Stern’s views on trans women have drawn pushback, and in response, she’s formed a splinter group. We just put our screams on the walls. To Stern, the opposition from other feminist collagists is “patriarchal,” and she continues to glue messages to walls in public spaces several times a week. Her work thumbs its nose at gender inequality and religious hypocrisies. This allows the Firebrand to inspire others, or intimidate them and grants excellent battlefield awareness. “Because I think to act together we really need to meet. After six months of Stern’s gluing by herself, the movement spread. The Firebrand is an explosive mixture of artist and military commander. The 1960s had a quiet payoff that many might have missed, and which is in large evidence today: There were male sympathizers aplenty.