What Feminism is Not

10 Aug

(Alternate title: “What Feminism Should Not Be”.)

*sharing tips about how to lessen your gag reflex response when giving blow jobs

*buying things that “support breast cancer research” and are, undoubtedly, pink

*using the language of capitalism to describe women’s options under patriarchy (ex: “a woman’s choice to be a prostitute”)

*(while we’re at it) saying “I choose my choice” non-ironically

*upon being called out by a POC/WOC for displaying white privilege, you refuse to seriously consider their concerns

*attacking folks who call you out on your ableist language (remember, this post is being written by a “crazy” person!)

*seeing no or few problems with relationships or pornography based on sexualized power dynamics

*not finding it problematic that “rape fantasies” are appealing to some people

*denying internalized self-objectification; saying things like “I do it for myself”, regarding wearing makeup, dressing a certain way, etc

*thinking that the personal isn’t all that political

*jumping at the chance to interject, “BUT I LOVE MEN!” to avoid the man-hating feminazi stereotype

*99.8% of the content of all episodes of Sex & the City (this is a generous approximation)

*photos of baby animals (but they do help you deal with the above items being done in the name of feminism)

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2 Responses to “What Feminism is Not”

  1. berryblade August 11, 2010 at 2:18 am #

    *(while we’re at it) saying “I choose my choice” non-ironically
    *99.8% of the content of all episodes of Sex & the City (this is a generous approximation)

    For some reason, these two seem to go hand in hand in my mind, I just always remember that episode where one of them says “I choose my choice” like fifty million times.

    This entry is brilliant.

  2. Valerie M September 2, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    Great post lishra!

    I would add to this:

    * referring to Black Women as ‘Women of Colour’ when they specifically refer to themselves as Black, and

    * marginalising lesbians, or choosing straight, white feminists words over black lesbians/lesbians of colour

    Cheers, Val

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