"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….
First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”
But here is what I think you should know.
You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.
You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.
You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).
You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.
In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.
In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”
Libby Anne (via newwavenova)
You can thank feminists for your right to express your ignorant, trite opinions on the internet, too, anti-feminist women. Give feminists a round of applause because now you can spew your thoughtlessness wherever you want. Freely.
Shaming women who are not feminists and telling them they should “kiss your ass” is not a great way to change minds. If you want women to become feminists, or at least become more educated on feminism, then you shouldn’t tell them to google it, you should try to educate them, or at least open up the floor for an honest discussion. This post is a prime example of how modern feminists are driving people away from the movement.
I hate polarized politics, like you’re either one thing or the other, because I think that’s when name calling and taunting starts. As a political moderate, I see both sides in many issues and it’s so frustrating when the conversation breaks down. However, I can empathize with women who are mad about the whole I don’t need feminism thing. I can empathize because it’s glaring to me that the whole issue with their argument “I don’t need feminism” is, I think, twofold. The first is that, okay, great, maybe you don’t [think you] need feminism in your daily life. But I think everyone needs feminism for all the women in the world who are living in terrible conditions. It’s the same reason as I could say I, as a white person, don’t need race equality. I don’t experience racism. I’m white and live in the US. My life is pretty standard. But does that mean I don’t need race equality? That I’m not supposed to care that racism still exists? (Or is that another thing that we should be holding up signs about and taking selfies? I don’t need race-equality because I’m a 26 year old white girl with a full time job and a cool apartment! Racism is clearly over.) I think the second issue with the I don’t need feminists is that their main premise is that equality is an end point, it’s a done thing. I think any one can tell you, anyone with any basic knowledge of history, is that societies can slip back into dark ages and commit atrocities against its own people. Equality for everyone—I’m in favor of ceasing to demonize heterosexual male sexuality and white heterosexual males in general fyi—is not an end point, it’s a constant work in progress. Look at all the issues with access to birth control popping up around our country. It’s just like if you stop exercising, your muscles atrophy. Those selfies are a big middle finger to logic and progress, so I think that’s where the rage comes from. I don’t think it’s inherent in the feminist movement, or in any other.(via katiusrex)
I guess I just don’t see feminism as being concerned with equality a lot of the time. Banning the word bossy and censoring art does not seem to further the cause of any one being oppressed. The main thing that always stopping discord on the subject is the inability for either side not to deem any sort of dissent as morally reprehensible. Some feminists are offended by the notion of others not matching their politics. This to me is a problem.