tear down the idea that a feminist is anyone who vaguely supports some discombobulated liberal notion of gender equality. feminism isn’t just about “ending stereotypes,” it’s about stopping rapes, saving lives, ending discrimination that actively, consistently harms women. please stop simplifying and defanging feminism, it ultimately does harm to the movement and de-prioritizes the most important aims of it.
no, feminism is not about hating men
but that doesn’t mean that feminist folks who aren’t men are going to welcome men into their spaces at any time
it doesn’t mean that feminists don’t have the right to express their frustrations about men and toxic male culture
it doesn’t mean that men aren’t going to, and shouldn’t, feel uncomfortable in feminist spaces sometimes, because of their compliance in, and perpetuation of, a misogynistic system
so please don’t take her speech, and the speeches and words of many, many feminists, to mean that if you are uncomfortable, I am doing my feminism incorrectly.
(this is mostly aimed at white men; there are definitely legitimate concerns to be had on the part of men of color, and white feminists need to keep their participation in a racist culture in mind when making criticisms of malesness and masculinity)
But the wage gap varies significantly by race, according to an analysis from the research organization AAUW. While white women experienced that 78 percent figure, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women made 65 percent of what white men made in 2013, African-American women made 64 percent, American Indian and Alaska Native women made 59 percent, and Hispanic women made just 54 percent. Asian-American women are the only group doing better than white women, making 90 percent of white men’s earnings.
The first in a series of four installments from the Feminist Press, here are the essentials for getting your grounding on what feminism is for different writers, theorists, and activists; and why. All books are linked to their publisher’s purchase page, not Amazon. Most are published by independent presses.
FEMINIST THEORY 101
- Still Brave: The Evolution of Black Women’s Studies- Edited by Stanlie M. James, Frances Smith Foster & Beverly Guy-Sheftall, this is the up-to-date and definitive collection of race and gender writings today.
- Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza- By Gloria Andaluza, this essay/poem/lyric/confessional challenges how we even concieve of theory and identity; one of the most groundbreaking Chicana Feminist works.
- WSQ: Trans- -Edited by Paisley Currah, Lisa Jean Moore & Susan Stryker, a pioneer in the field of trans* studies.
- Separate Roads to Feminism: Black, Chicana, and White Feminist Movements in America’s Second Wave- by Benita Roth, an excellent survey on different feminist ideas in different feminist groups, why these movements emerged seperately.
- On Shifting Ground- Edited by Fereshteh Nouraie-Simone and revised for the post-Arab Spring world, this essential essay collection challenges sterotypes and reveals a variety of feminist prespectives from Muslim women.
- Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism- by bell hooks; a poet and stylistic genius writing a sweeping analysis of oppression within different and marginalized communities.
- The Beauty Myth- Naomi Wolff’s criticism was considered the beginning of the Third Wave, and it speaks to the secret worries we all have: Am I superficial for worrying about my appearence? Are women’s magazines frivolous? In case there’s a doubt, the answer is FUCK NO, and let her tell you about the economic and political industry behind it.
- New Black Feminist Criticism, 1985-2000- by the complete badass Barbara Christian, she innovates the field of black feminist criticism while challenging how academics centralize on inaccessible postmodern critiques.
- Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches- Audre Lorde, a black lesbian feminist poet, was an artist. Her writing is a joy to read, even when it tears you apart. This is her essential collection of essays and speaches (but be sure to read some of her poetry too).
- The Feminist Porn Book- What the fuck is this sex positivity/pro-porn/anti porn debate raging on tumblr? Can I see some primary sources and fucking citations? Read the first collection of writings from feminist adult entertainers and feminist porn scholars (Ed. by Tristan Taormino, Constance Penley, Celine Parrenas Shimizu & Mireille Miller-Young)
- Simians, Cyborgs, and Women- If you’ve ever wondered about Janelle Monae’s android fixation, read Donna Haraway’s cyborg theory to have your mind blown. Haraway says: we are all cyborgs(!!!!!), we should break down traditional boundaries of how we study “fact,” there are so many possibilities on how we identify sex/gender.
- Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity by Chandra Talpade Mohanty addresses internationalist and third world feminist concerns in a voice that is unforgettable.
- King Kong Theory- Controversial filmmaker and former prostitute Virginia Despentes writes a memoir and theoretical expansion of the constraints and possibilities of sex and power today, written from the perspective ”as an ugly one for the ugly ones.”
so in the middle of snapchatting as Liza, AAA came to fix my car…
• a transphobic woman is not a feminist
• a racist woman is not a feminist
• a homophobic woman is not a feminist
• exclusionary feminism is not feminism
A bigoted feminist is a feminist, just a shitty feminist that needs to be called out. Don’t you dare write off the bigotry within our own movement as “not real feminism” and therefore “not our problem”, it needs to be rooted out just as much as it does from the rest of society.
Feminism has fought no wars. It has killed no opponents. It has set up no concentration camps, starved no enemies, practised no cruelties.
Its battles have been for education, for the vote, for better working conditions…for safety on the streets…for child care, for social welfare…for rape crisis centres, women’s refuges, reforms in the law.
If someone says, “Oh, I’m not a feminist,” I ask, “Why, what’s your problem?”
This is why I love him