On Fighting Patriarchy: Why Bros Falling Back Isn’t Enough

This is an analysis of “Bros Fall Back,” a zine which has become rather influential among the Philadelphia anarchist scene. While the critiques put forth in “Bros Fall Back” are aimed at the Philly punk scene, we also see them as touching on problems which are prevalent (albeit in very different forms) in the left, and in society as a whole, and we will consider them from this larger standpoint in this essay. Moreover, because the zine barely mentions race, the state, and capital (except in a very abstract and confusing way towards the end–“the politics of being cool”), we will not deal much with these other categories here, although we realize that patriarchy (which normative sexuality is the product of) cannot be overthrown without simultaneously overthrowing the material basis of those other three categories (this we are saving for a much longer, more in-depth piece which goes beyond the purposes of this one). Interpersonal politics are not a minor detail that can wait until after the revolution, and while we agree with the authors of “Bros Fall Back” on this, and on a number of other questions, (1) we disagree with the way that they conceptualize and attempt to challenge oppression and identity. Continue reading


Summer Study Materials

We read these over the summer. In the future we will post other materials that we have studied.

Detroit I do Mind Dying, By Dan Georgakas

Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color, By Kimberle Crenshaw

The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community, By Mariarosa Dalla Costa & Selma James

The Left’s Minstrel Show: How College Educated Revolutionaries Keep the Working Class Shucking and Jiving, By Will

Caliban and the Witch, By Silvia Federici

Capitalism and Gay Identity, By John D’Emilio

I Am a Woman and a Human: A Marxist-Feminist Critique of Intersectionality Theory