If I can take away one thing from the Women’s March 2018, it was how much more ridiculous Feminism has become with the idea of Intersectional Feminism.
Feminism on it’s own is a complicated affair; though, as a white, cis-gendered man, I’ve no doubt that this is how it will seem to me. Because of my “privileged and masculine” outlook on such things, I’ve always pretty-much assumed that all Feminists think along the same lines; men are bad, women are good etc..
Not so much apparently.
Do me a favour?
Type “White Feminism” into the search bar on Twitter, and you’ll be greeted by a slew of Feminist in-fighting and outright hatred of the idea that white women have their own version of Feminism that excludes and delegitimises minorities.
As much as the organisers of the Women’s March told us that the event was all about women across the world standing up against misogyny and creating a voice for ALL women, it turned out to be nothing more than an anti-Trump protest, and a huge act of self-cannibalisation, eating it’s way to the very heart of Feminism.
It also showed just how radical today’s Feminism has truly become, and how far removed from any semblance of sanity it really is. It’s no longer about the rights of women as a whole; uniting all women equally under one banner in order to fight the Patriarchy. Now, it has become all about finding the most oppressed group of women possible; the ultimate “Sacred Cow” if you will, with which to spearhead the entire movement. That group is currently the Trans community, particularly Trans-women.
And some Feminists aren’t too pleased about it.
This was taken from the Vancouver Women’s March and shared via the Twitter account of Lauren Southern (check out her YouTube channel here https://t.co/4IPrESDJO9)
Known as TERFs or Trans-exclusionary radical feminists, this particular brand of Feminism stems mainly from the “Second Wave” and is the based on the belief that only women born with a vagina and XX chromosomes are “real” women.
Hardly a ground-breaking thought process, right?
Having thoughts like this are obviously going to get you into a lot of trouble with the Identity Politics Brigade. Activists of the “old guard” of Second Wave Feminism, such as Germaine Greer and Julie Bindel, who both hold the view that Trans-women are NOT real women, have both been no-platformed by Student Unions and cast aside as TERFs by today’s Feminists.
Regarding Transgenderism, Bindel wrote in 2004:
“I don’t have a problem with men disposing of their genitals, but it does not make them women, in the same way that shoving a bit of vacuum hose down your 501s does not make you a man.”
Quotes like this are more than enough to earn you “banishment from the ranks” by today’s “call-out Queens”, and it will only get worse; as long as identity and one-upmanship play a part in an ever-changing, ever-devolving movement like Feminism.
Munroe Bergdorf; a Trans-woman, and one of the louder critics of “old-fashioned Feminism”, has recently spoken out on Twitter asking women to attend the Women’s March in London, and adding:
“I also want to stress that if you do attend, it is CRUCIAL that you do with an INTERSECTIONAL mind-set. Centering reproductive systems at the heart of these demonstrations is reductive and exclusionary.
Not all women have reproductive systems, not all women have a vagina, not all women’s vagina’s are pink. Think about your message, use your voice for ALL women. Not just yourself.
TIME IS ALSO UP on white feminism, TERF’s and any other branch of feminism that seeks power for some rather than equality for all. Tick-tock.”
To say that Feminism is beginning to implode is a complete understatement if you ask me. I’m certainly no Feminist (not by a long-shot), yet I have a certain amount of respect for the Germaine Greers and the Julie Bindels of this world, even if I disagree with practically all of their arguments. At least they have the BALLS to fight for women’s rights without the need to rely on identity politics and race-shaming; balls that this new generation, for want of a better phrase, has castrated itself of.
White women need not speak.
Women with vaginas need not speak.
Women with reproductive systems need not speak.
Women who question the validity of Trans people need not speak.
Unless you are near the top tier of the victim-hood pyramid, you might as well throw away your pussy hat, sit still, be a good girl, and listen.
The REAL women are talking.