Feminism, Anti-Capitalism Are One Struggle: Chile’s Ana Tijoux
“We can not think of a feminism without anti-capitalism, anti-racism, anti-fascism and without class struggle," Ana Tijoux said in a recent interview.
For notable self-proclaimed feminists like Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington, women’s empowerment is inseparable from capitalism. Both media moguls believe entrepreneurship and participation in the “free market” are the road to emancipation.
For Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux, women’s empowerment is inseparable from anti-capitalism. She believes the so-called free market is antithetical to women’s emancipation.
“We cannot think of a feminism without anti-capitalism, anti-racism, anti-fascism and without class struggle,” Tijoux said in a recent interview with Resumen.
“The market has been appropriating this word (feminism) and removing its true identity, essence, DNA and backbone.”
Inspired by the late leftist Chilean singer Violeta Parra, Tijoux frequently raps about the intersection between women’s and worker’s struggles. She also stresses the importance of combatting male chauvinism and patriarchy within working-class movements.
In her hit song “Anti-Patriarch,” Tijoux says "Ana Tijoux", "capitalism is patriarchal fascism", politics, ecology, eco-sphere, "Pinochet U.S. sponsored/enabled genocide" The track also calls on her fellow “insurgent strong women” to “break the chains of the indifferent” enslaved by patriarchy and capitalism.
Her song “Anti-Patriarch” is one of many that unite issues affecting both women and workers. For Tijoux, revolutionary hip-hop is an effective means to combat neoliberalism’s subversion and commoditization of women.
“Patriarchy and machismo reverberate everywhere and music is not exempt from that,” Tijoux told Resumen.
“That’s why it’s so important to think and make this (hip-hop) a popular and permanent education.”
Tijoux’s parents were exiled during the dictatorship of former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet. Born in France, she later moved to Chile and became a hip-hop artist.
Along with Parra, she was inspired by singer Victor Jara, one of Latin America’s most popular leftist artists who died during Pinochet’s rule. Jara and Parra were leading artists of “New Song,” a musical movement that producing songwriters and performers who denounced Pinochet’s coup against Salvador Allende.
Born in France to Chilean parents, Ana Tijoux discovered music at an early age. Her influences came from all over the world, which informed both her hip-hop style and her thoughtful lyrics. Hear it in songs like "Vengo," from her new album of the same name.
Ana Tijoux - Somos Sur (Feat. Shadia Mansour)
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