Radical feminist activist, Guardian writer, and self-proclaimed “political lesbian” Julie Bindel has stated she wants to put men in “in some kind of camp” and hopes “heterosexuality doesn’t survive” women’s liberation.
In an interview with RadFem Collective, a “group of committed grass roots radical feminists from across England and the Celtic nations,” Bindel described her beliefs on issues such as political lesbianism, the “need” to dismantle gender, and whether heterosexuality will survive women’s liberation.
During the interview, Bindel was asked explicitly, “Will heterosexuality survive women’s liberation?”
“It won’t, not unless men get their act together, have their power taken from them and behave themselves.” Bindel responded.
Bindel elaborated on her plan for men, involving putting men in “some kind of camp” - and letting women check them out like library books:
“I mean, I would actually put them all in some kind of camp where they can all drive around in quad bikes, or bicycles, or white vans. I would give them a choice of vehicles to drive around with, give them no porn, they wouldn’t be able to fight – we would have wardens, of course! Women who want to see their sons or male loved ones would be able to go and visit, or take them out like a library book, and then bring them back.”
Bindel also revealed her hope that “heterosexuality doesn’t survive” women’s liberation:
“I hope heterosexuality doesn’t survive, actually. I would like to see a truce on heterosexuality. I would like an amnesty on heterosexuality until we have sorted ourselves out. Because under patriarchy it’s s**t.”
Bindel added she is “sick of hearing from individual women that their men are all right.” According to Bindel, “Those men have been shored up by the advantages of patriarchy and they are complacent, they are not stopping other men from being s**t.”
Bindel stated she “would love to see a women’s liberation that results in women turning away from men and saying: ‘when you come back as human beings, then we might look again.’”
In addition to her activism through writing, Bindel is a founder of the organization, Justice for Women. Justice for Women is dedicated to advocating “on behalf of women who have fought back or killed violent male partners.” She is also listed as a patron of “For Our Daughters,” an organization devoted to ending “sexist homicide and violence against women.”
Ruth Greenberg of the RadFem Collective told MRCTV the original post of Bindel’s interview was taken off the RadFem Collective website due to “pretty nasty” comments. It has been re-uploaded without the ability to post comments.
Bindel will be speaking at the RadFem Collective’s “RadFems Resist 2015” conference that is taking place Sept. 12-13 in London.
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