There are certain "feminist principles" that have been prescribed as the defining characteristics of modern-day feminism
Not second wave feminism, not any feminisms from the past, but third wave ( fourth wave?) feminism that is intersectional
Taking into consideration meddling oppressions that may foul the waters of an ordinarily clear cut case of sexism
Taking into consideration a person's race or disability or economic class when considering scenarios of oppression involving women
All these things have a bearing on the situation
There are also certain tenets that are not necessarily intersectional, but which are emblematic of mainstream feminism
I get confused sometimes, because I get the feeling that when I adhere to these tenets, as I am wont to do because I am obviously obtuse and insanely loyal, I am relieved of the feminist moniker in the eyes of mainstream neoliberal feminist gatekeepers
if a woman reports she has been raped or sexually assaulted, you must believe her
I would think this would apply in any situation ( what do I mean by that???) because this guiding principle is based on the idea that it is rare that a woman makes a false accusation
So, that means, when a woman we don't like accuses someone of assaulting her, we have to believe her
It means even if someone accuses our best boy friend of assaulting her, we have to believe HER
I innocently assumed this meant I should believe Juanita Broadrick, and all the other women who accuse Bill Clinton of assaulting them
But I have since learned that they are all liars and they can be safely dismissed
So can Lena Dunham's friend who was accused some months back
I have a friend whose friend was accused and according to her, there is no way he could do such a thing, so I guess, he didn't
Trump though, his accusers, although there are several of them, like twelve of them, hardly reported on for as much as the media harps on his every flaw, they can be believed
That one is a SURE THING
It JUST IS
I'm not defending Trump; I'm just confused because I thought this rule applied the same to everyone
But since I have a hard time with this rule, I think it will be easier for me if I change it to: If a woman reports she has been raped or sexually assaulted, she's lying if the guy's your friend or is a political person you are somehow beholden to
feminism is not just about women doing what they want: it's about justice
I have problems with this one too
I was pressured to support Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, but I was already familiar with her track record of never-having-done-anything-progressive-to-help-anyone-ever and her sorry history as a warmonger as Secretary of State
Her track record abetting dictatorship in Honduras, destroying the country of Libya, exploiting Haiti, promoting GMO's, pay-for-play with hubby also during her tenure as Secretary of State, her corrupt charity foundation, her faux enthusiasm for feminism, made it so that I never even considered her an option (and if she ran in 2020 I would STILL not vote for her; she would have to do something pretty amazing)
Hillary Clinton is the quintessential neoliberal, but I was told that I was not feminist if I opposed her
Carefully worded books were published to gingerly criticize her without being wholesale lynched by deluded liberals
Jessica Valenti told me to vote for Hillary Clinton. She said feminism was about justice
But Hillary Clinton was not and is not about justice
In Parks and Recreation, the main character Leslie Knope, a character I absolutely adored, happened to unfortunately adore female political figureheads like Madelaine Albright.
Madelaine Albright was not about justice, when she declared the lives of thousands of Iraqi children was worth the price of sanctions. When she said it was cool to bomb Serbia back to the stone age.
The latest appointee to CIA director is a woman, first time ever. A woman who was probably involved in torture programs that the CIA has conducted. I'm not saying women cannot and should not hold these types of positions, but this is not really something to cheer about, especially if all she does is imitate the cruelty and duplicity expected of the job
Women can't be held to a higher standard, that's unfair, and unrealistic, but then stop calling it a "justice movement"
This kind of feminism is disturbing to me, but because I am not in charge, I cannot change this mentality
So, due to my continued confusion, I have had to change this rule in my mind too: "Feminism IS just about women doing what they want; it has nothing to do with justice."
feminism is about body positivity and not fat shaming "people of size"
During the 2016 presidential campaigns, the mudslinging against Trump was... the same as it was now
And bleeding heart liberals, in their brain-washed induced hysterical hatred, eschewed their own principles of righteousness in order to get back at the man who had, gosh, I'm not really sure what he did to them
But, some really puke-inducing statues were de rigueur during the time, and many Hillary supporters cheered on their existence
I thought it was rubbish of course, but there you have it. You also had liberal political commentator Ana Kasparian call Alex Jones a "fat fuck" when he crashed their set in Cleveland during the RNC. This after spending an episode of the Young Turks complaining about body image oppression and how bad her experiences had been and how bad it is in general
It's petty and pathetic and it's full-blown body-shaming, which means, you : don't really believe being fat is okay or that fat people deserve respect because you use it as a slander; you don't really believe in your own principles
But again, I had to change another rule in my mind: Body shaming and transphobia and fat shaming are not cool, except if leveled against your enemies (even when I can think of better, more intelligent, and much more devastating criticisms of them)
and this one isn't a criticism of feminism: free speech is my right to offend but i'm offended by...
Hundreds of years ago, a Mexican poet named Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz wrote a poem called "Hombres Necios" (Brainless Men), about how men accuse and taunt women for doing things they do themselves. Even back then it was a noticeable trend, and in modern times it's a common narrative of anti-feminist men.
The Alt-Right and Alt-Light and their hangers-round like to bat around lewd jokes and call certain men faggots and all women thots and and black people say things like "we wuz kangz" and they defend the right to express their specific brand of offensive "humor"
I am no one to tell people what to do ( unless I smell they are weaker than me) and I am mostly for living and letting live, but I do detect the hypocrisy inherent in declarations of the new right to speak hatefully but then get offended by things like menstrual blood and unshaved legs and women playing sports
Basically it's "I can offend, but you can't offend me". And this, depending on what you find offensive
Alt Right men ( because they are primarily men and and a few severely deluded women, some who I actually really like by the way ) are offended by the things that women can't help but have happen to them: periods and body hair. People in general, in our patriarchal society are offended by them
I didn't ask to have hair appear on my legs. It just happens. So does the hair on my armpits
So does body odor. Farts. Poop. Urine. Menstrual blood. Bloody pants
In nature's infinite wisdom, I know there is probably a good reason to have these pools of hair on my body. I'm not buying into the whole "vestigial organ" argument here, because people used to think that about the thymus gland, and look where it got them ( cancer)
What is so horrible about leg hair? Is it really so egregious?
And menstruation is just the process that occurs when a biological fertile woman isn't ready to give birth yet.
(Spent menstrual blood you can use like fertilizer, like manure. Some women do. Other women believe manure will kill you, and don't understand how gardening works, so this is not necessarily a criticism of the alt-right, but I am sure it has similar foundations).
But it's not just about the body
It's the audacity of women to pursue intellectual lives and careers, to have opinions on political matters. Andrew Anglin and Richard Spencer unequivocally state that women have no place as "thought leaders" , even in their own movement, and should be paid absolutely no attention to, that they are unequivocally stupid and worthless as none other than baby makers ( you would think someone who creates life would be consulted in important affairs, but what do I know? You would think this sort of person would be revered, but they are not)
Basically women, and especially feminists, don't get to have free speech
Spencer has declared them "resources" ( which is just referring to them as they have always been referred to through most of history). Women like Brittany Pettibone who participate in the Alt-Right are just "groupies". And maybe they are, because I hear these insults with my ears but these other women don't hear these insults and they keep on keeping on with their cheerleading agenda and many have stated that when it's time, they will give up "all this journalism" and get married and have those ten kids that they owe the movement, but UNTIL THEN, it's party time; If I were an alt-right woman, I would be beyond hurt, and I would seek therapy, and then some dinner
It's how dare you complain about men treating you badly? The relatively small proportion of assault and suffering that belongs to men is presented as the antidote to this complaining. And that's not to say that men aren't abused in our society, and don't fight in wars, but they are not treated the same way women are. And who creates wars anyway? It isn't women, or feminism. It's men themselves, because they dominate our institutions ( don't worry, women already sell other women out); elite men create problems for lower class men...AND women
For a man, being called a woman or the p-word ( I HATE the p-word, you know what it is) , or saying you "run like a girl"; there is no greater insult. That alone should say something about how women are viewed
And while there are legitimate and extremely accurate criticisms and analysis in the Alt-Right, it is mostly a panicked reaction to women and minority's amassing materialistic gains in our society
But unfortunately, the traction women and minorities are gaining in society is being exploited to help fill capitalist coffers and extend US and Israeli imperialist hegemony, instead of helping everyday people. This gives rise to an amorality that is justified when applied to our enemies
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