Feminism: An illustration
A lot of people don’t seem to understand what feminism is and and how it is different from separatism, so I’m going to use an obnoxiously popular meme to illustrate my point.
The misogynist says, “Woman, go into the kitchen and make me a sammich!”
The non-feminist woman says, “Okay, dear.”
The separatist woman says, “No, you make me a sammich!”
The feminist woman says, “No, you can make your own sammich. And please don’t talk to me like that again.”
The difference is that feminism is the only assertive option. Those who don’t identify as feminist are generally passive to patriarchy in one way or another; either they don’t oppose the sexualisation and sexual exploitation of women, or they feel that sexism no longer exists, or they stereotype men as idiots who only think with their penises, and accept it as normal when a man acts as they expect. They direct their anger towards feminism and feminists instead of standing up for women’s rights.
Separatists are very angry, and have an aggressive ideology. They may view men as morally inferior to women, and may view a simple role reversal between men and women as the remedy for our society’s woes. Some may refer to themselves as “feminist separatists,” but most feminists would do not consider the separatist ideology as compatible with feminism.
Many feminists are angry, too, as we should be. Most people should be angry. However, the feminist philosophy is an assertive one. It involves standing up to power and injustice, and demanding equal treatment. Feminism does not assert that one gender is inferior to any other; in fact, it is the only gender-related philosophy that views all genders as equal. No egalitarian philosophy or strategy can reach its end goal without having a feminist foundation.
~ by owlcat on 15 September, 2011.