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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.

Watch KCRW's entire session with Ana Tijoux on KCRW.com.


Ana Tijoux - Somos Sur (Feat. Shadia Mansour)



mokii tags: "Ana Tijoux", "capitalism is patriarchal fascism", politics, ecology, eco-sphere, "Pinochet U.S. sponsored/enabled genocide"

telsur tags: Latin America Hip Hop Chile Patriarchy Feminism Capitalism


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Comment by moki ikom on March 29, 2017 at 2:51pm

"how much of this can we watch without losing our minds?"

Evidentally years and generations worth, perhaps because our national insanity is something we were born into.

Comment by moki ikom on March 30, 2017 at 11:56am

Could it possibly be Terry that it's not the "anti" part of the term is the source of the terms vagueness.  You are clearly more attune to what is vague and not vague in generally non-artistic expression , as perhaps well or better than in artistic expression.  

What makes the term "anti-capitalism" most vague to you?  The "anti-" part or the "capitalism"? If it's not the latter then perhaps you can exlain "capitalism" to me?  Do you think, as many do --essentially as religious faith like climate denial mythology-- that capitalism equals Democracy fundamentally?  That Communism is fundamentally is anti-Democracy? 

Comment by moki ikom on March 30, 2017 at 2:14pm

Property as real estate/private land/commodity , a society without such? Yes.  

but, "a society without trade" ? Are you suggesting Communism is anti-trade? 

Do you know the term "economics" originates from two greek words that essentially mean "house mangement", how family duties and one's enviroment's limited resources are distributed in the family, in the community?

Given the two methods of resource distribution capitalist vs. communist, which method do you think best describes resources distribution in typical families since the beginning of mankind? Capitalist or Communist?

Is "real life" only achievable by Capitalism, not by reople who you do suspect to be fools as you accuse me?  Is it the absence of Capitalism for which Life suffers, or its presence?

So to you Capitalism is not vague, it's just broadly defined?  Your refusal or apparent inablity to define capitalism doesn't give you the liberty to put down others when your ignorance is challenged.

Comment by moki ikom on April 23, 2017 at 10:25pm


Happy Earth Day! <3 


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