This article says that the current mode of feminism is not militant enough. I think it is an interesting take on where feminism is currently at in the culture. What do you think? - JRR
It's Time to Get Angry: All This Polite and Smiley Feminism is Getting Us Nowhere
By Suzanne Moore
The Guardian: January 15, 2011
say the cutest things! Over Christmas one of mine told me that years
ago she asked me why I was a feminist. It was on the way to school and I
am not a morning person. Possibly she was expecting something about
equal pay. Apparently I snapped: "Because men do horrible, horrible
things". She was alarmed.
That was bad of me wasn't it? A little
sexist? Warping the mind of a young girl. She is now grown up and thinks
it's funny. It's probably not in any childcare manual and the right
answer would have been stuff about wanting equal opportunities. Or I
could have replied that anyone with a brain, man or woman, would see the
necessity of feminism. I could have been "inclusive".
saying bad stuff about men is not how feminism conducts itself. We all
lurve men. We are all smiley for fear of being labelled man–haters. And
what is the result of this people-pleasing, ultra-feminine,
crowd–sourced sexual politics? Sod all.
Reasonably sitting around
waiting for equality while empowering oneself with some silicone
implants does not really seem to have worked wonders, does it ladeez?
Postfeminism – as personified by the Sex and the City generation –
basically confused sexual liberation with shopping: a mistaken strategy
even within its own market-driven terms. So we live on a permanent diet
of crumbs from the table. A woman over 50 gets to be on TV!
Whoopdiwhoop! It's a victory, sure, but is that all there is? It's time
to wake up and smell the skinny latte.
A woman is murdered in
Bristol and the response is to tell women to stay at home?! For their
own safety. Though no one thinks it's a woman doing the murdering. A
curfew on men would be considered a monstrous idea, even though most
women live with internalised curfews anyway.
An argument about
gangs of men who "groom" young women for sex becomes an argument about
ethnicity and faith. Of course, these are issues to be discussed, but
the central issue, surely, is the abuse of children. Turning vulnerable
young girls into drug-addicted prostitutes is disgusting in any culture.
But it wouldn't be a viable proposition if men did not want sex with
these children. As with all arguments about prostitution, the one group
we rarely hear from are the men who buy sex. The "punters".
don't like the jargon "sex workers". We are all sex workers these days,
unless we are celibate, as we are all encouraged to pursue lifelong
sexiness. Most young women are endlessly groomed to be desirable after
all. Yet the men who have sex with young, frightened, addled girls
choose to do so. Such sex, we are told, is about power. To have sex in a
car with a heroin addict is very cheap indeed. It goes on day in and
day out, and of course it makes me wonder about male sexuality. As does
the use of rape as a weapon of war. To say these things is not to say
all men are rapists. But some are. To not say them does not make it
It is as though feminism had to sex itself up to keep itself
interesting. We are not hairy man-haters who bang on about domestic
violence and abuse. We are fascinating women interested in fashion,
relationships and true intimacy. OK, so we have a few little problems
like having it all turning into doing it all, and finding a nice guy to
do any of it with at all, but look on the bright side! We have got a few
more female MPs, our girls are doing well at school and isn't life
Well no. No it isn't. Just as the third way, or
triangulation, produced a dire shutting down of political discourse, the
triangulation of feminism, the third wave, as it was often called, has
produced pitiful results. Part of the problem was that what many
American feminists were writing in the last decade was simply
superimposed onto British culture. It didn't work. We don't have a moral
To see Naomi Wolf, that histrionic proponent of the third wave, pop up to demand that the women accusing Julian Assange
of sexual assault and rape be named (surely they have already been
shamed) is a logical conclusion of this deal. It is a dead end. Much of
Wolf's work is privileged narcissism dressed up as struggle. The Beauty
Myth did not have an original thought in it, but never mind, it remains
the only feminist text read by many. Wolf and many of her contemporaries
muddled the personal with the political to such a degree it is
embarrassing. Wolf was snapped up by the media as she was beautiful – as
though feminists couldn't be. Greer and Steinem were lookers, weren't
they? Wolf's argument now about the anonymity of accusers in rape trials
arrives on these shores a little after the Lib Dems dropped this
peculiar proposal, which was never in their manifesto anyway.
this was really the only thing the Lib Dems have had to say about women
since being in power. There are valid arguments to be made about not
treating rape differently to other crimes. But the police here know many
women won't come forward and all are aware of our appallingly low
Still, everyone seems to lose their heads around
Assange. I picture Bianca Jagger washing his feet with her tears soon.
Wolf actually compared him to Oscar Wilde. The similarity is that they
were both in solitary confinement. Practically the same person then?
course, Wolf has every right to think what she likes about Assange's
accusers – and to change her mind as she did about abortion – but what
kind of feminism is she now espousing? I find it very difficult to know.
how I miss those troublesome women like Andrea Dworkin and Shulamith
Firestone. They may have been as batty as hell but they had passion. And
balls. They were properly furious at the horrible things men do to
women. Who in their right mind, male or female, isn't? Your mother, your
sister, your daughter are being told to stay inside and not complain
too much. Take up knitting or vajazzling maybe?
Or take comfort
from Gideon's "We are all in this together"? The last election was the
most regressive for women I can remember. Women appeared as trophy
wives, or not at all. The consequences of that are that this government –
this new way of doing politics – is hitting women and children the
hardest. Women are suffering most from the cuts that men are making.
Just look at the figures.
This makes me very angry indeed. Which I
know may increase "visible signs of ageing", but it's way too late now.
Feminism has been dumbed down into politeness and party-political
promises for far too long.
The backlash is happening in front of
our eyes. Recession, of course, leads to reactionary measures and some
of this reaction is taking away the few gains women have made. We can
take nothing for granted. We need fire in our belly for this fight, not a
bleedin' gastric bypass.
Angry Birds is the name of a game about
birds and pigs. It is, as everything is now, an app. But I don't want an
app. I want a movement.
Angry Birds. I am one. Join me.
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