Because that's what I do \m/
Ad astra per alas porci - John Steinbeck
(aka "Sean's girlfriend who hijacked his Tumblr")
Early morning Grateful Things Day 5:
Late night Grateful Things Day 4:
your complaint about feminism is that a few loud misandrists exist and then you take their opinion and sweep it over the whole movement? This is a phenomeon that I see applied to feminism more than anything else? Extremists exist in every school of thought but it’s only in this instance that I find that the small minority gets a louder voice than the majority.
Like, not that I identify as either of these things, but I can talk to someone about Christianity without someone waving the Westboro Baptist church in my face. I can talk about republicans without someone going “I don’t believe in republican ideals because the TEA PARTY exists!” It’s ridiculous. There’s nothing radical about looking for equal rights. There’s nothing ridiculous about trying to set up a dialogue to talk about feminism and gender equality, but for some reason, every time I try I have people complaining about “SJW’s” and “feminazis.”
The fact that I can be as intelligent, coherent, and well researched as I can possibly be, and still have my words dismissed as “crazy” is ridiculous. That’s absolutely insane. That’s an incredibly good indication that feminism needs to exist. My words should be able to stand as they are. If they’re dismissed, it should be because they’re wrong, not because i happen to be a fucking woman.
Your female friends who don’t identify with feminism because of the small faction of misandrists wearing the cloak of being feminists should probably educate themselves a little about what feminism means. The “extremists” are often just misandrists trying to give themselves credibility through a known movement, but aren’t really feminists. Like, there your friends are, running around saying they don’t support feminism, without understanding that feminism supports them. Without feminism they wouldn’t be able to vote, work, have an education, and if they were born in some parts of the world they still wouldn’t.
And back to your anger comment: listen, I’ve been furious the entire time I’ve been typing this reply. People are more than capable of saying rational things when they’re angry. I’m furious that I have nowhere near the same opportunity to succeed in most fields, that rape culture exists, and a thousand other things. I feel like my reaction to the injustice I see is pretty reasonable.
Here’s the question: is it anger that makes the entire movement ignoreable, or are people looking for any reason they can to ignore feminism? Is it a coincidence that when a women shows a strong presence in the workroom she’s seen as a “hormonal crazy bitch?” Is it mistake that successful women are seen as harpies, self-serving sluts, or ice queens, as if what people have to say about their personalities somehow invalidates their success?
If I’m not on my period, I’m angry. If i’m not angry, I’m crazy. If i’m not crazy, then i’m still “just a girl.” None of that has anything to do with the validity of what I’m trying to say. Neither does the opinions of the faction of misandrists who call themselves feminists. The fact that nothing your ask included nothing about the actual feminist beliefs kind of goes to show that there needs to be radical change in the way that people understand feminism, not necessarily feminism itself.
"The fact that … your ask included nothing about the actual feminist beliefs goes to show that there needs to be radical change in the way that people understand feminism"