Policies

Inclusive and Intersectional Feminism: The Limerick Feminist Network practices feminism that is inclusive and intersectional {the term “intersectionality” was popularised by Critical Race Theorist Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989}. Not everyone suffers sexism in the same manner with race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender and level of able-bodiedness contributing to one’s experience. We will not tolerate any sort of prejudice, discrimination or negative language towards minority or oppressed groups. The Limerick Feminist Network tackles all issues from an intersectional perspective and tries to promote a diverse membership. Those from a more privileged position must acknowledge their privilege, be willing to listen to and learn from others and not takeover spaces. There is no one-size-fits-all type of feminism.

Pro-Abortion, Reproductive and Birth/Maternity Rights: We believe that everyone has a right to full bodily autonomy. We believe that denying people access to free, safe and legal abortions is dehumanising, insulting and wrong. We are not vessels or incubators. Everyone should have the right to unbiased information about contraception, abortion and maternity care. We should have the right to access whatever contraception we believe will work for us without any conditions or limitations. The 8th amendment also puts restrictions on the choices pregnant people can make about the care they receive, such as having difficulty refusing certain tests, procedures and treatments. We believe that pregnant people should have a full say in the type of care they receive. We want the 8th amendment in our constitution to be deleted to allow everyone the right to choose how, when or if they want a child. We are members of the Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment.

Trans-Inclusive: The Limerick Feminist Network is a trans-inclusive group. We acknowledge that gender is not either/or but on a spectrum. Our group is open to everyone including all those from the trans and LGBTQIA community. We also respect other gender identities such as gender fluid, non-binary and a-gender. We will not tolerate any sort of transphobic or homophobic language. We will also fight for the rights and equality of people from the trans and LGBTQIA community.

Sex Positive and Sex Worker Positive: We are a sex positive organisation and we support the decriminalisation of the sex trade in Ireland. To identify as a feminist and be an advocate for full bodily autonomy but then judge a person or disagree with them for their choice of partner/s or being a sex worker is completely hypocritical and not sex positive. We believe that any and all sexual encounters between adults should include ongoing and enthusiastic consent {from everyone involved}. Our definition of being sex positive also includes being pro-porn, providing the porn is ethical and feminist {it exists!}. We are 100% against human trafficking, sexual slavery, forced labour, commercial sexual exploitation and any form of revenge porn. We do not slut shame or victim blame.

Member-Centred: We encourage our members to inform us of issues that are important to them and aim to supply members with supports and resources to raise awareness and fight for the feminist concerns they feel passionate about. Our meetings will be an open, supportive and safe space for all. We encourage our members to give feedback and share ideas with us. Please see the feedback/proposal section of the website to share your views or submit a proposal.

Confidentiality: We expect a certain level of confidentiality to be upheld by all of our members (whether they have attended just one meeting or several). We will not tolerate stories/discussions/conversations etc. of a personal nature being discussed {in person or online} outside of the group or shared with non-members, unless permission has previously been granted by the people directly involved.

Politics/Organisations: In order to be effective in creating a gender equal and just society we will work with other organisations and networks that promote social justice concerns, equality and share our values. We would like to note that while there are a number of organisations we support at both a national and local level, we do not affiliate fully with any political party. On occasion our views may align with one or more political party/individual and we may support them for individual causes or ‘one off’ events, however, we do not fully endorse the views of any single political party/individual.