Wither Goes Radical Feminism?
By Kathleen Barry
Congratulations to all of you who have acted with so much courage to face down the anti-feminist trans, the Mens Rights Activists, (MRAs) and men’s war against women in general. Your feminist determination stands powerfully against their threats, their lies, their stupidity, their meanness and hatred of women and the conference is going forward.
I have followed closely all that has been posted on the struggle to make this conference happen, and as the conference approaches, I find myself very concerned about the potential effects of the anti-feminist attacks. Bottom line, feminism is most vulnerable to men’s Divide and Conquer strategies simply because they so often go unrecognized for what they are. Recently on the internet there have been more than enough examples of how feminist anger at our enemies gets turned against each other.
Divide and Conquer – the favored strategy of oppressors everywhere. Anti-feminist trans and woman hating MRAs, have in mind nothing short of destroying radical feminism ultimately by turning women against each other. How do I know that? Anti-feminist men are not very inventive – they repeat and repeat and repeat the same strategies. They wear down our energy, fray our nerves and try to diminish our hope. As seen from their aggression both last year and this in London, they will not relent. They expect that feminists will turn on each other. [...]
By June42. You can read more of her on her blog.
I have recently started getting involved with a radical feminist group, something I have been intending to do for a couple of years.
Part of why I have wanted to get involved is that I have found feminist thought on a number of issues (gender roles, women and the medical profession and reproduction) very useful in helping me explore and come to terms with certain aspects of Turner’s syndrome or TS.
There are serious issues around the way doctors deal with women with TS. The medical profession is still, like many professions, dominated by men. While I have experience of several female GPs, I have had very limited experience (if any) of being treated by female consultants. My treatment by male consultants has impacted how I view myself as a woman, and how consultants project a view of what is feminine onto girls and women with TS. Feminists have been the one group who have examined the way the medical profession has treated women and how it is an inherently patriarchal profession (as most are!) [...]
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)
25th Annual Creating Change Conference
Saturday, January 26, 2013
The format of the Lesbian Caucus was a facilitated discussion led by Dr. Laurie Young, Ph.D., Aging and Economic Security Director of NGLTF, and Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director of NGLTF. Approximately 40 women participated in the discussion where they were free to address their needs. We decided as a group that this was a women-only space. The following topics were noted as important to those in attendance:
L-R, Cathy Brennan, Sally Tatnall, Alix Dobkin, 2012.
“Ever since childhood, I have been honing my skills for living the life of a Radical Feminist Pirate and cultivating the Courage to Sin,” she wrote in the opening of “Sin Big.” …The word ‘sin’ is derived from the Indo-European root ‘es-,’ meaning ‘to be.’ When I discovered this etymology, I intuitively understood that for a woman trapped in patriarchy, which is the religion of the entire planet, ‘to be’ in the fullest sense is ‘to sin.’ “ - Mary Daly.
I first met Sally Tatnall in the early 1990s through one of my best friends, who happens to be related to Sally. In the early 1990s, I lived in Buffalo, New York, where I attended law school at SUNY Buffalo (yey state schools and affordable tuition!) We drove the three hours to Cleveland to visit the city and Sally, who lived in a huge collective house of women.
Christmas Day, 2012.
GataAgressiva411 to OTHER WHITE FEMINIST: Thank you for sharing this article with me. I read it, and I agree with what’s said here. As for the CT shootings, I’m restricting the amount of energy I give that incident because people of color are suffering from regular casualities such as these each and every day, in different ways. I cannot and will not give extra energy to violence as it concerns middle white America-a point which was not raised in this written piece. White male pathology and violence looks and behaves very differently than that of men of color, and the fact that it is WHITE men who are the ones gunning down women and children was not explicitly stated. Although I appreciate that Brennan pointed out how male violence against women is not considered the same as other forms of violence-true words. We must be prepared to address the nuances of all violence in all forms. It’s much more complex than “men against women”.
GataAgressiva411 to OTHER WHITE FEMINIST: P.S. I’m reading about the trans-activist attack against Cathy at Dyke March. Very troubling. [...]
Gloria Steinem on “trans woman” Renee Richards:
“a frightening instance of what feminism could lead to” or as “living proof that feminism isn’t necessary.”
“At a minimum, it was a diversion from the widespread problems of sexual inequality.” She writes that, although she supports the right of individuals to identify as they choose, she claims that, in many cases, transsexuals “surgically mutilate their own bodies” in order to conform to a gender role that is inexorably tied to physical body parts. She concludes that “feminists are right to feel uncomfortable about the need for and uses of transsexualism.”
“If the shoe doesn’t fit, must we change the foot?
Here are the people to complain to if you think this is fucked up.
Executive Editor Katherine Spillar
Managing Editor Michel Cicero
Senior Editor Michele Kort
Guest Editor Mary Ellen Strote
Global Editor Robin Morgan
Copy Editor Camille Hahn
Proofreader Miriam Jacobson
Consulting Editor Gloria Steinem
Money Editor Martha Burk
Columnist Donna Brazile
Strategic Planning/Marketing Advisor Kathy Bonk
Ms. in the Classroom Managing Director Karon Jolna
Ms. Magazine Online
IT Director Courtney O’Callaghan
Online Communications Manager Beth Soderberg
All women are damaged. Damage is injury or harm that reduces us.
You, woman, are damaged.
Does this offend you? Do you believe you are not damaged, that you are somehow immune to the forces at work that make women hate each other?
You are lucky.
Who WOULDN’T be damaged? Damage to women is both a direct goal of male supremacy and a by-product of living in a woman-hating culture.
I don’t blame women for this damage.
All women are two-faced. We engage in deception when we pretend we believe one thing, and act according to a different belief. We “have” to be two-faced. How else would women survive in a woman-hating culture, where what we are socialized to be loyal to doesn’t always match up with what we know to be true in our hearts? And, so, often we sell ourselves out, just as much as well sell out other women.
I don’t blame women for adopting tactics needed to survive.
I am a woman. I am not immune from these observations.
I am damaged and two-faced.
But how do we trust women in light of the fact that all women are damaged and all women are two-faced (and three- and four-faced, depending on the lives we lead and the masters we serve)?
There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.
A baby girl is born. It’s a girl! Pink! Baby Dolls! Dresses! Other Stuff! From this moment, the girl is groomed for life as a Heterosexual Woman. She is groomed for a life as a wife and servant for Men. She is groomed to want to have babies and raise the children of men. She is groomed for Compulsory Heterosexuality, the concept coined by Baltimore native and Radical Feminist Adrienne Rich that identifies heterosexuality as the agent that keeps Females from actualizing their full sexual and emotional capacities, an agent that denies a sexual way of being unrelated to Male pleasure – Lesbian sexuality.
All girls in our culture are groomed towards Compulsory Heterosexuality.
All of us. Including Lesbians. As Lesbians, we have been socialized since birth – like all Females – to be sexually accessible to Males. As Lesbians, many of us work for years with internalized self-hatred and misogyny before we finally are able to confront our sexual attractions and honor our sexuality. This is a long and – for many of us – a lifetime process, as we are constantly bombarded with cultural messages that Lesbian sexuality is wrong.