The problem with feminists…
… 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Feminists like Julie Bindel who revel in unacceptable transphobia using anti-feminist essentialism as a prop to her outdated and bigoted dogma.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.
H/T to Quiet Riot Girl for the video.