After watching and disagreeing with a video yesterday by the youtube feminist boundlesseyes. I wanted to expand upon why I do think some level of division and labelling in terms of the word feminist is important.
Not because I’m a feminist and you’re not, reader. But because the understanding of the term is subjective and vague. When you have openly misogynistic women use the term to define themselves. (Such as “feminists” on youtube who argue that the wage gap exists fairly, because women don’t work as hard as men and that women with children should not work outside of the home) When you have ifeminism being promoted by MRAs, the time has come to rethink or definitions.
I’ve always heard from the liberal feminists that feminism is about equality. Yes, thats part of it. But its a focused fight for equality that sets feminism apart from other forms of belief systems centered around equality. It focuses on gender and yes, mainly women.
But to call oneself a feminist means more than just, believing in gender equality, it requires being an activist for it. Being an activist for the liberation of women from sexist oppression is what it requires.
I will draw a line in the sand. This isn’t even a divide between the fun femmes and the rad femmes, this is a divide between people who give a fuck and actually think about what they label themselves and people who adopt a label without even thinking about the implications of what it means.
Lenin himself said that complete left unity isn’t necessary. When it comes that one is watering down politics that get to the heart of a specific matter, muddying things, making them exist on a foundation of quicksand. That harms our movement more than infighting ever could.
We need to unite on what makes us strong, a rejection of bourgeois, reformist feminism that sells working women out every chance it gets. A rejection of feminism that exists only to empower white women in their “choices” as consumers. A rejection of feminism that pits women in the first world against women the world over.
What is the point of being liberated women? To join the men’s clubhouse, or to burn it down?