The End of Men and #MrsWhiteFeminism

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On November 15, 2013, the Munk Debates will witness the singularity of exclusionary, transphobic, totally useless not-feminism when Maureen Dowd, Hanna Rosin, Caitlin Moran, and Camille Paglia debate the resolution: “Are men obsolete?” Here’s the justification for this farce:

Since the beginning of human civilization, men have been the dominant sex. But now, for the first time, a host of indicators suggest that women are not only achieving equality with men but are fast emerging as the more successful sex of the species. Whether in education, employment, personal health or child rearing, statistics point to a rise in the status and power of women at home, in the workplace, and in traditional male bastions such as politics. But are men, and the age-old power structures associated with “maleness,” permanently in decline? Or do men still retain significant control over the workplace, the family and society at large, including women? In sum, where are the sexes headed in the 21st century?

I have had just about enough of this bullshit claiming the title Feminism. When Twitter got word, hilarity ensued:

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  1. Rhi Griffith September 19, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    As an almost-60-year-old lifelong feminist, I can tell y’all this BS has been happening for my entire adult life. With the full support and cooperation of The Rich White Guys Who Run Things, you find some “representative” women to say “things were bad but they’re better now (you’ve come a long way, baby) so stop asking questions and saying stuff, all you crazy bitches!”

    It’s another incarnation of “divide women against each other (along whatever lines will work).”

    And as you can see by the mere existence of this piece, although it’s always damaging, it never wins in the long run.

    Please be careful about not giving more power to the “divide and conquer along whatever lines will work” dynamic. I’m a white feminist born before 1970, okay not rich, but still a Boomer, and as radical as they come and planning to kick patriarchy butt till the day I die.

    And we’re all standing on the shoulders of courageous foremothers, many of whom were rich white women born LONG before 1970. And sure, they made mistakes, so did I, so will you, but history’s a long hard march and you do your best.

    I love you all! Upfist! Keep fighting!

  2. Rad-Femme Lawyer September 23, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Thank you for your comment. I don’t refuse to ally with someone rich, or white, or married, etc. simply because they are those things; someone’s identity markers don’t make them a “good” or “bad” feminist. However, I think it is appropriate (given the history) for women meeting that description to expect that women of color, gay women, trans*women, and others who have been excluded from Mainstream Feminism will need some assurances. Some potential allies associate 2nd-wave feminists with the exclusionary policies that only some of the 2nd wave had. If that is unfair with respect to a specific 2nd waver, or other woman, then she can choose not to take it personally, since it isn’t about her, and keep working on being not like that. The good work speaks for itself.

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