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Apart from the denial of biological fact, it is shit like this. Men do not respect the boundaries set by women. The attempts to shame Lesbians into straight sex is absolutely horrifying. But this is allowed to fly because the authors of said tweets are exercising their male privilege watch them define words and meanings – the power to name things is almost exclusively male in our society. When women push back against this baseless, putrid, tide of inanity they are ostracized, harassed, and threatened.
That, dear readers, is bullshit.
I hope the transactivist antics at the Woman’s March spurred more women to experience their peak-trans moment, to realize that feminism is about centring the needs of females (as in the liberation from patriarchy and patriarchal standards). It shouldn’t even have to be said, yet it must be repeated until the message sinks in – Feminism is for females as a class and their fight against patriarchy.
This whole liberation from patriarchy idea tends to be quite of putting to dudes (whatever their stripe). It would seem that if one is making dudes uncomfortable, then you’re on the right path. The converse also applies, if one is being lauded and supporting by the male types it is quite possible that your actions or beliefs are not really helping much (see much of liberal feminism).
Anyhow, these tweets by transactivists are the embodiment of male entitlement mixed with the inherent narcissism of identity politics (IP being the polar opposite of effective Feminism). Enjoy. (?)
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.