I had to share this. It’s amazing.
The entire article is amazing. Amazing. Especially wonderful is part four, the section wherein it’s laid out how feminism is attempting to help men’s issues too.
We don’t hate men. I don’t hate men. I don’t know any women (feminists or not) who talk about hating men. It’s the system that’s under attack. Which affects women and men both.
Speaking of systems, I really loved this section,about privilege.
It’s not easy to swallow your own privilege—to admit that you’re a Fleetch—but once you do, it’s addictive. It feels good to open up to perspectives that are foreign to you, accept your complicity in this shitty system, and work on making the world better for everyone instead of just defending your territory. It’s something I had to do as a privileged white woman, and something I still have to work on every day, because it’s right. That doesn’t make me (or you) a bad person—it makes me an extremely lucky person who was born into a white body in a great family in a vibrant, liberal city in a powerful, wealthy country that implicitly values white bodies over all other bodies. The least I can do is acknowledge the arbitrariness of that luck, and work to tear down the obstacles facing those who are disenfranchised by the insidious fetishization of whiteness. Blanket defensiveness isn’t going to get any of us anywhere.
I have to do this too as a white, middle class, able bodied, cis gendered, heavily educated, presenting straight (though admittedly bisexual) person.
It does not make me a big old jerk to acknowledge where my luck came from or the opportunities I have based on things I had no control over.
It makes me much more of a big old jerk if I deny them, use them to oppress others, while claiming they don’t exist.
Lindy’s already getting nasty comments, which I suppose is to be expected these days.
She’s fantastic though and I really would wish everyone would read it all.