posted on Jul, 18 2015 @ 12:46 PM
a reply to: subfab
I've had experience with certain feminist "activists" and or privilege theory activists and some do in fact rub me the wrong way but so too do people
who make video games based on assaulting women.
This specific case here, I don't know exactly what the guy posted, its a tad concerning because there are in fact some feminists who will create an
Orwellian atmosphere if given the opportunity. I don't care what anyone on the left says (I'm a "leftist"/socialist myself). I live in the Bay Area.
Have been around RadFem activists for 15 years. I know what the world view is. I know what the tactics are. It has, I'll say, infected various leftist
organizations. Many people eventually end up being accused of rape, or sexual assault, or of being a misogynists if you even attempt to debate
specific feminist theory.
The knee jerk reaction for many on the left is to say "feminism is good, feminism is needed". And I would agree, I do agree but just like any other
political, economic or social theory there will be different currents. Different sects. Different theories which manifest in different mentalities.
Some will be positive, objective, real, needed if we are to progress as a society. Other theory will be toxic, subjective, divisive and
counterproductive- theories which will create different mentalities. An "us vs them" mentality arises with certain feminist theory. Men and women in
two distinct social classes. With men as "oppressors" and women as the "oppressed". When you view the world in that way men, no matter how subtle or
outright, become the enemy.
Obviously these are the second wave RadFem's I'm speaking of but even the "sex positive third wave" feminists have some wonky ideas which mostly come
from the second wave RadFems. "Manspreading", "Manspaining", a subjective expansion of the definition of rape, a subjective expansion of the
definition of harassment etc. A sort of overreaction to the real issue of rape and harassment. They tend to focus on "micro-transgressions". All the
small tings. What most would consider petty things. This is a conscious political tactic. Quite honestly it is annoying as all hell and I think it
does feminism as a whole a great disservice. As does a lot of the various theories surrounding "the patriarchy". It's not even up for debate though,
if you attempt debate you're shut down as being a misogynist, a woman hater, a potential rapist. The enemy of women. These
"micro-transgressions"....I'm an offender. I transgress on the micro. At least as far as specific feminist theory is concerned. I don't think "the
patriarchy" is some universal system of oppression facilitated by all men to the benefit of all men. Things aren't so binary. As is the world view of
many feminists and PT theorists in general. "Oppressors" oppressing large groups of people. As if I'm holding Hillary Clinton down. As if a working
class male who has never abused women is in some position of power over women, living the good life at their expense as he toils away at work each day
for pennies. "
Anyhow, a long list can be written. Various examples can be given and yet it will still boil down to the thought that "you either support all
feminists or you are a misogynist". Someone will read this post and think/say it. Of that I'm certain. All I can say is, most people don;t know what
their in for, don;t know just how far some feminist theory goes. How it manifests in action. There needs to be respectful debate and "push back"
concerning some theories. Some political tactics. I'd start with the focus on "micro-transgressions".