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"oh my god stop criticizing young girls who like 50 Shades of Gray or Twilight you can’t tell them what they can and can’t read"
no we can’t but we have to protect young girls from mistaking abusive behavior for genuine affection at all costs
less unhealthy tragic lesbian movies, more lesbian romantic comedies
just imagine your crush masturbating to the thought of you and making little moans and whispering your name and jESUS I NEED TO SIT DOWN
Before you read any further, I want you to know that I am a steadfast supporter of radical feminist ideologies. I want you to know that I am writing this out of genuine love and care for the movement. I am writing this with the aim to educate my fellow radfems, and do not wish to pit any of you against each other.
However, I also want you to know that I take a lot of fucking issue with some of the shit that I’ve seen white radfems pull within the community.
White radfems as a majority seem to have a deep-rooted sense of self-righteousness, which greatly affects and extends to how they deal with and discuss issues such as racism, lesbophobia, and transphobia. I personally think that this self-righteousness stems from how radical feminism seems so potent and clear-headed compared to mainstream feminism. However, this does not excuse this sense of superiority that often results in condescension and/or the outright silencing of oppressed groups.
Radical feminism has gained a lot of stigma due to it’s ideologies on gender (it’s a social construct, it should be destroyed, it eats major ass, etc.). These beliefs have caused many arguments with libfems and genderists alike, and are often cause for accusations of transphobia. Generally, these accusations are downright stupid, and are used as justifications of the harassment and/or abuse of women with unwavering and unpopular opinions such as ours. But sometimes, radfems really do overstep their boundaries when discussing gender and/or transness, and end up ignoring the genuine obstacles that trans people face. This ignorance has resulted in some admittedly transphobic statements. For instance, I have seen several radfems flat-out say that trans women are men, as opposed to saying things such as “trans women were born male, and were therefore socialized as males” or some variant or other. Furthermore, a lot of radfems often use trans men as a sort of sacrificial lamb in arguments on gender and transitioning, and talk about their lived experiences as if they were abstract concepts, instead of actually letting them speak on these issues. However as a female who doesn’t live with sex dysphoria, this isn’t really my place (but tumblr user liketheghost, a trans man, makes a lot of gr8 posts about this kind of stuff over here).
And now, moving on to the very delicate topic of racism. I see a lot of white radfems reblog post after post about including/protecting black women (as well as other women of color), how they should desperately acknowledge their white privilege, and keep their white opinions to themselves during discussions on racism. But funnily enough, when there is an actual conversation, white radfems can’t seem to keep their mouths shut. In fact, rarely are the voices of radfems of color present in discourse on a topic they are immensely well acquainted with. What white radfems actually do is have Very Strong Opinions on what’s it’s like to be a black woman, or how violent and aggressive men of color are, or whether or not what something another radfem did is racist/appropriative (and deciding “yes, it is!” without consulting the opinions of radfems of color). I have had a white feminist lecture me about talking over marginalized women and tell me, a black lesbian, that I am ignorant on the topics of racism and lesbophobia (x). But, I digress.
Lesbophobia is greatly rampant both outside and inside the radical feminist “community”. On one hand, you have third wavers and queer theorists pressuring lesbians to have sex with trans women (despite the fact that trans women are biologically male and lesbians, by definition, aren’t attracted to males) and on the other, many heterosexual/het-partnered radfems talk over and silence lesbians whenever they have the gall to criticize heterosexual relationships. I have seen lesbian-centered conversations get completely derailed because het-partnered radfems care more about the feelings of their romantic partners than those of their fellow sisters. We lesbians deserve our voices to be heard, our identities to be respected, and want to be saved from hearing how ~*~radicool~*~ your bf is.
None of the things I just described are acceptable, especially within radical feminist spaces. These issues need to be addressed and dealt with if we want our movement to go anywhere. We can all do so much better; I’m sure of it.
here are my issues with the Gender Circus on this website:
surprisingly enough, this shit leaks out into Real Life and affects actual feminist activism. when the average, non-activist woman understands that there are two dimorphic sexes better than the average self-identified feminist does? we have a problem.
if i have to explain that males and females are A Thing in the human species to other feminists, then it’s not like we’ve ‘gone back to square 1’ in discussions about gender…because we’ve actually gone back to square -50.
i mean, honestly, this isn’t even radical feminism this is just common sense. the problem is that people have their eyes locked onto their computer screens and don’t observe the outside world. ‘biological reality’??? what is this??? some TERF bullshit???
i feel like a lot of activist circles have developed this mindset that’s like “well the average person might think there are males and females, but that’s ridiculous! i’m More Enlightened and i know that multiple ~genders~ exist!” it’s hilarious because in actuality the vast majority of people just have a better grasp on reality lol. having a “special gender, ze/zir pronoun that trumps biological sex” identity means nothing outside of an individual’s navel gazing. it’s just frustrating to me how suddenly these identities have completely taken precedence over women (especially lesbians).
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