Rational people often assume that some opinions and judgements are so obviously part of their worldview that they really don’t need to be said. Unfortunately, some maliciously disruptive people take delight in assuming that if something has not been clearly stated then they are safe in assuming the worst of others, even when such assumptions are logically perverse and deliberately inflammatory.
It seems a transparently clear expectation that if a person already knows that one supports issues A and C and opposes issues X and Z, then they ought to conclude that one is likely to also oppose issue Y and also support issue B. Indeed, it is a textbook example of logical inference.
However, some folks, for ideological reasons, are so invested in performing a gloating gotcha dance that they ignore all the precepts of logical inference and triumphantly announce that they have caught one out, oh yes indeed, in not jumping through the denunciation hoops with sufficient spangles and spotlights that they couldn’t possibly miss it. Silly feminists, we forgot to drumroll the denunciations.
So, just for the benefit of ideologues (and you know who you are) here is a non-exhaustive list of things that feminists denounce/decry/despise:
Oppressions, Cruelties, Exploitations and Harms:
- concentration camps
- kicking puppies
- child sexual abuse
- unjust wars
- coercion of any kind, but specifically
- forced marriages
- forced sexual intercourse
- forced childbirth
- forced surgery
- forced abortion
- forced female circumcision of any degree
- routine maternal episiotomies
- routine caesarean sections
- forced mental health “treatments” used as social control of non-violent people transgressing social norms [Reference (pdf)]
- ECT (electro-convulsive therapy)
- involuntary “commitment” to mental institutions
- compulsory drug regimes under threat of institutionalisation for non-compliance
- cosmetic Western vaginal labiaplasty
- female genital cutting more damaging than W.H.O. Type I)
- i.e. radical clitoridectomies
- i.e. clitoral excision
- i.e. infibulation
- non-evidence-based obstetric practises
- executions for adultery
- prison rape
- restricting female autonomy
- threatening women’s safety
- despotic dictators
- anti-feminist trolls
Believing that the above practises, persons and systems are dangerous/harmful/wrong and need to be eliminated does not of course mean that feminists therefore favour a military solution as the only or best elimination method, mostly because of the huge unlikelihood that armed intervention could possibly be the least harmful course for women caught up in these oppressive and harmful situations. How is a woman in a forced marriage helped by a bomb dropped on her village that kills her?
This list above is not a comprehensive list, seeing as feminists generally denounce/decry/despise most oppressions, cruelties, exploitations and harms that a rational and compassionate person would denounce/decry/despise. Sometimes, some feminists deeply involved in partisan politics might denounce/decry/despise some practice/cause/person that other feminists support/admire. This happens because feminists are not the Borg Hivemind.
P.S. Feminists are generally in favour of rainbows, ponies and fluffy kittens.
P.P.S. In the specific case of FGM, feminist and broader Western denunciations have been shown as counterproductive compared to the proven gradual effectiveness of culturally sensitive education programmes. As most feminists would rather see communities and generations educated away from the tradition than seek personal plaudits for loud denunciations which impede proven programs, feminists instead donate money and volunteer time to the organisations which are performing educational outreach and support.