Tag Archive | strawfeminist
Open Thread: Feminism, Sexual Orientation and Social Hostility
This thread is a response to a comment from Astrodyke in the Suggestions thread: I don’t see tags for “lesbian” or “sexual orientation”. It’d be nice to have some FAQs about lesbianism and how it relates to feminism. There are the straw questions, “Don’t all feminists hate men?” or “Aren’t all feminists lesbians?” But there […]
FAQ: Some feminist said/did something offensive/stupid/crazy/evil, so isn’t feminism a failure?
A: No. No one person represents the whole feminist movement, or all feminisms. Not this feminist, not any other feminist. Often both the people asking this sort of question and the responses conflate two separate arguments: Did the person actually commit the alleged offensive/stupid/crazy/evil action? Does committing that offensive/stupid/crazy/evil action reflect badly on feminism? Trying […]
FAQ: Aren’t feminists just sexists towards men?
AKA Aren’t feminists just “reverse sexists”? Short answer: Neither feminists as a group, nor feminist theory, engages in sexism or “reverse sexism” against men. Often times the feminist focus on women’s issues, as well as their recognition and continued efforts to correct the imbalance of power (see male privilege), are seen as looking to privilege […]
Call for links: debunking the malicious stuff
Mandolin had a suggestion I’d like to highlight and get some input on: Andrea Dworkin/Germaine Greer/someone else said something complicated, and I have a reductionist summary of that which comes out to “men hate women” / “all sex is rape” / “something else catchy” … why am I wrong? Only, competently stated. The competent concise […]
FAQ: Why are you concentrating on X when Y is so much more important?
Short answer: People talk about subjects that interest them and that they are passionate about because these tend to be the areas in which they have the most experience. Choosing to concentrate on one thing does not mean that the person thinks that it is the most important subject, or that it’s the only subject […]
FAQ: Why "feminism" and not just "humanism"? Or "equalism"? Isn’t saying you’re a feminist exclusionary?
This question implies that one must be either one or the other. People and philosophies are far more complicated than that. A feminist may also be both a humanist and an equalist. There’s no law that says only one box can be ticked here, and it’s hugely important not to get sucked into thinking that […]