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The problem with feminists…

August 8, 2010

… is feminists.

Feminists like Julie Bindel who revel in unacceptable transphobia using anti-feminist essentialism as a prop to her outdated and bigoted dogma.  Feminists like Dr. Aisha Gill, friend of Gita Sahgal, who worked tirelessly on the pr in support of the islamophobic attack on Amnesty International.   Feminists like Bidisha who believe that feminism is belonging to the ‘girl’s team’ and nothing to do with men.  These three, along with Karon Monaghan QC and Sunder Katwala, were on the final panel of last month’s UK Feminista Summer School, which has been hailed as showing the resurgence of UK feminism.

Feminism is an analysis of power.  It does not exist in isolation.  The recent Time cover showed yet another manipulation of feminism supported by feminists ignorant of other power structures.  Gender inequality is NOT the only way to interpret the world, it is one essential way but on it’s own is utterly pointless.  Hence we see the domination of mainstream feminism by comfortable white middle-class fuckwits who can dismiss male rape victims via the phrases ‘what about teh menz’ and’ lolz’ – and they do.  And support the emancipation of Afghan women through war – and they do.

Second wave feminism was essential to its time, but its time is over.  Move on.  Especially all you supposedly radical feminists who are the most conservative people I have ever had the misfortune to come across.  THIS is why women don’t call themselves feminists, they don’t ascribe to the views of the dominant club – the prescriptive ideology formalised by an established elite – who protect their borders with academia and columns in the MSM.  Today, as the ConDem coalition attacks women in particular, feminism needs to stop excluding people, get politically savvy and start protecting ALL women.  Using divisive old school bigots on panels does not do this.

To conclude I offer you ‘Intersectionality’ (more detail here) – not just a word but an education.

H/T to Quiet Riot Girl for the video.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2010 10:14

    excellent post! The Girls’ Team is not such an unstoppable force after all.

    • August 8, 2010 15:31

      Thanks. As you know, trying to replace one club with another is utterly pointless.

  2. August 9, 2010 00:35

    I’d tell the ‘girls team’ where to stick it but they’d only take that as evidence that they’re right.

    Men have a contribution to make. In fact, men MUST make a contribution to deal with issues of equality and oppression, so it winds me up to hear so called feminists using such exclusionary language.

    Ah well, dinosaurs must die. They’ll probably make a bit more noise as they go.

  3. August 9, 2010 13:45

    isn’t a major problem of feminism that it’s not monolithic? And this is only a problem in as much as to address anything other than the right to be equal in society, feminism must attach itself to theories that can do this (socialism for example).

    Feminism is reduced to being a catch-all term; feminist capitalists, feminist nazi’s – these are plausible terms. Perhaps you’d do well to employ something to add to your feminism, unless you think feminism is enough in itself?

  4. Douglas Quaid permalink
    August 15, 2010 23:55

    Some decent points but the phrase “feminism needs to stop excluding people, get politically savvy and start protecting ALL women” is rather odd. I thought feminism was supposed to be about equality? By excluding men from those who need help you’re just as guilty as any “what about teh menz” type of person I’m afriad.

    You only want to include men so they can help women when any civil person genuinely concerned with equality would be equally concerned with issues such as domestic abuse of men, male genital mutilation not to mention the absolute contempt so many spheres of government has for fathers.

    Quite simply your positions seems to be one of exploitation – your saying that men can help feminists, but they certainly don’t deserve any help themselves.

    • August 16, 2010 00:33

      I understand what you are saying, but I don’t think that the post shows that is how I feel. The line you quote is aimed at transphobic feminists. I’m not saying ‘men can help feminists’, men should be feminists.

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