We all know what feminism is, so let’s not bother typing out the base definition. Women are full human beings and deserve full human rights, full stop. I personally hold no truck with people who dissemble and say they are “egalitarians” because they’re for the rights of men, too: let’s work on the rights of the oppressed class first before we work on men’s rights too. Though it’s important to know that feminism DOES benefit men’s rights, and that alternative movements to feminism, such as womanism, are valuable and important.
All of this being said, feminism as a movement has had a lot of failures and blind spots over the years. From early feminism focusing entirely on white women, to second wave feminism…focusing entirely on white women (and white straight women) to third wave feminism…focusing entirely on white women, mainstream feminist movements have faced both deserved and undeserved backlash. Backlash that notes that intersectionality matters: class, race, sexuality, gender identity, and many other factors must be included in our discussion is important and needed. Backlash that complains that feminists aren’t being nice enough to men, to allies, or that feminists are somehow ruining “traditional” things, can be safely thrown in the trash.
So, let’s talk about feminism. The history of it, what it means to us, it’s current state, it’s future.
In other news:
* In the podcast world, the Citations Needed podcast begins a two part episode series taking a deeper, more critical look at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And a new podcast, Justice in America, discusses the legal system in America. The first episode discusses money bail.
* In workers’ news, Verizon and the Communications Workers of America extended labor contracts, shifting a large amount of the burden of healthcare on employees and offering a fairly paltry raise hike.
Music for this week:
Ani DiFranco’s righteous (get it?), infuriated, cathartic “Make Them Apologize”: