The other day on twitter a woman I follow shared the resolution the New Turns Feminism Conference passed to no-platform feminist writer and activist Julie Bindel. In the resolution she was referred to as “vile”. Now this is immediately not a professional or appropriate way to refer to a woman, regardless of how you feel about her. It smacks of personal bias and not a legitimate excuse for no-platforming someone. The same woman looked up the definition of vile and shared with us that one of the definitions for it was “disagreeable”. How interesting!
Because yes, she is disagreeable to quite a few persons out there. But being disagreeable is what feminism is about. A disagreeable woman is a good thing. That is unless of course you believe that it is a woman’s job to be agreeable. This my dear readers is what I’d like to tackle today.
Third wave feminism/modern liberal feminism today has taken up the platform of promoting transgenderism. It is considered to be the height of feminist activism. Male transgenders are regularly given speaking arrangements, book deals and generally sought out as the go-to experts on feminism. Julie Bindel was no-platformed because she takes a critical stance on the medical practice of transgenderism and follows the “old school” feminist understanding of gender being a social construct. A harmful social construct which was created to designate women as inferior and subservient to men. Because she takes this approach she is “disagreeable” and thus not welcome in any debate or discussion.
On my last post a woman in the comments section brought up that a good deal of the anger women receive for being against gender is that we are violating the gendered belief that women exist to have what she calls practical use. Because Radical Feminists do not fulfill the male fantasy of woman as compassionately accommodating to every whim we are thus “vile” aka disagreeable. This is why we consistently hear the charge of biological males making “better women than us”. Of course. Because in the misogynistic male imagination if a woman is not justifying her existence through being useful and accommodating to every male whim we aren’t actually women. We’re an aberration. We are wrong and need to be punished or just admit that we’re actually men or some such sexist shit.
There is no such thing as a man understanding what it feels like to be a woman. It is the utmost of presumption. What they are doing is projecting their beliefs about what being a woman is onto our entire sex. When we do that which disrupts the fantasy. Like say not being “compassionate” enough or not going along with anything without question we become “vile” and therefore silenced.
Modern liberal feminist projects like the New Turns Feminism Conference are participating in the silencing/punishing of women who do not conform to properly gendered behavior. The feminist community really needs to have a big think about where all of this GGG agreeable stockholmed girlfriend shit is taking us because this certainly isn’t the feminism our foremothers fought for or most of us even signed up for.