I’m not sure where the idea started that being a movement that deals with a particular political struggle should be about other topics not related to said struggle. Feminism – the struggle to liberate females from the patriarchal structures and norms of society is about female emancipation. If you happen to be a woman (and by woman I mean adult human female) then yes, this is your movement and it should centre around you and the problems that you face.
If you are not female, then don’t expect (demand, whine, threaten, etc.) for the feminism movement to be all about you. If there is a specific set of problems and challenges specific to your situation, then the solution is make your own goddamn movement and not co-opt the one that has been built by and expressly for females.
Exclusionary? Every effective class struggle is exclusionary – or do you remember all those successful strikes overseen by the business class?
So ‘Amen’ to exclusion and ‘Ramen’ to effective class politics and actions.
Why, oh why, don’t we see more white leaders in the #BLM? Or why aren’t there more white leaders/representation in the Canadian indigenous Idle No More movement? Could it possibly be because you don’t let the class that is oppressing you (even if they strongly feel they belong in your class) run your movement?
So, Men, in your various forms, please understand that feminism isn’t about you. Will men benefit from feminist reforms? Absolutely, and do what you can to further feminist action, as long as you know that your role is secondary (in the most optimistic case) in the movement. Understand that there is no shame in being an ally, but for heaven’s sake realize that when you make feminism about *you* it isn’t feminism anymore.
Found a much better response that mine, the Bewilderness is on fire today:
Just incase you thought this might be a few ‘bad apples’, wrong again.