Engaging with the autobiographical writings of these three militants, as well as Anne Zelensky’s personal archives, my paper challenges the prevailing notion that feminism was absent from the debates of May ’68, and that 1970 was "année zero" for radical feminism in France. It also pokes holes in the self-presentation of the MLF as embodying a uniquely “French” approach to women’s liberation. The FMA was an early example of a radical, transnational approach to feminism that looked beyond “women’s rights” (and national borders) to imagine a world where gender as a category would cease to exist. The articles, tracts, and letters penned by the members of the FMA reveal a forward-thinking approach to the intersectionality of women’s oppression. Their theories on sexuality, gender, capitalism, and patriarchy would later be developed by MLF, but often without acknowledgment of the FMA. Though the association remained small and relatively unknown throughout its lifespan, its activities had a lasting impact on the trajectory of radical feminism in France.
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