This is what radical feminists mean when we say that feminism isn’t about equality, but is about the liberation of female people from male people. We don’t want to be as violent as men are.

Such a simple concept, yet so many seem not able to grasp the idea.  Equality in itself isn’t a bad goal, but obtaining equality requires changing the groundwork of society that currently make it biased toward men and concomitantly disadvantageous toward women.

This bias, know in radical feminist literature and praxis is called Patriarchy.  No version of equality achieved under patriarchy is particularly valid, since the ground rules and societal expectations are still fundamentally skewed.  Thus, what radical feminists seek to do is discover, critique, and move toward the dissolution of patriarchal structures and products in society.

For example, the move toward the Nordic Model to help women exit prostitution because the majority of women involved in prostitution are there unwillingly and want to get out of the forced rape trade given the option.  Prostitution is a corrosive force in society, as it is often paired with the human trafficking reinforcing the idea that women are second class citizens whose objectification is more important than their humanity.

It is the systemic dismantling of the structures of patriarchal male privilege that make radical feminism so threatening to some members of the class of men.  It is also the best way to get a feel for how effective your feminism is – no pushback from the dudes means their privileged status isn’t being threatened – so what exactly are you doing (see most of liberal feminism)?

Pushback from the dudes usually means you’re on to something and should be impetus to hold to your criticisms and deconstructions.  Nine times out of ten, you will be battling a social patriarchal construct or ‘that’s just how things are here’  type of situation.  It’s a long haul, but even laying one brick for the next woman to stand on to carry on the fight just a little further is a laudable action, and sadly must often be the only notion that keeps a feminist going.

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