Thursday, March 06, 2008

You Can Go Where the Sun Don't Shine, NOW

I'm so furious right now, I can't write very much about this.  More to come later this week when I have time to calm down.

Have you ever read something or overheard a conversation that makes you so furious that you could swear it has taken years off your life?

That's pretty much what happened when I read this article from the Washington Post about Hillary and feminism.  I don't know if I want to vomit over NOW now or later.  Essentially implying that Black womyn are choosing "race over gender," young women are "forgetting" that their rights came from feminists like Hillary, and Barack supporters are only supporting him because we are anti-womyn.

NOW has officially lost any credibility with me.  It lost the 2 grains of sand it earned over the past 7 years.  Does anyone need further proof that "mainstream" feminists like Steinem and "mainstream" orgs like NOW are living in a world run and dominated solely by white women who have NO NO NO idea what true equality for ALL womyn look like?  How many more times will they box womyn of color as unthinking mules who cannot choose for themselves?  How many more times will media manipulate feminism into guilt tripping womyn to vote for another womyn simply because of gender?  

My call to my readers:  pull back the blankets to see the naked truth of politics, media, and "feminist" organizations.  The greatest challenge to radical liberation is mainstream feminism.


3 comments:

  1. Just read the article. I am grateful to the feminists who have gone before me, but they really do need to get with the times. I am not about to vote for a candidate simply because she is a woman. She needs to be the right woman.

    Why are younger women called anti-womyn because we don't hop in line with the substitute to patriarchy: white, older feminists who tell us what to think and who to vote for.

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  2. I saw that and was spitting nails over it. What the writer, and most of the old guard don't get, is that the younger generation has to live with sexism every single day. While we continue to earn less than our peers (those of us privileged enough to hold traditionally "white-collar" jobs), while our sisters and daughters are still preyed upon by men who think the world (ie women) owe them sex just for existing, while women who look like us are torn from their homes and children around the world, what has the old guard done? They've bitched and moaned about Obama using the word "periodically." Uh-huh.

    Don't tell me I don't understand sexism, or that I don't understand that my lifestyle could not exist without the feminists of the seventies. I'm well aware, thank you very much. I just don't think those women are still fighting the good fight, and I've got better things to do than stroke their egos.

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  3. I totally feel your angst on this one. I was watching a CBC interview with Maya Angelou in which the male broadcaster had the audactity to ask her, "What would your good friends Malcolm X and Martin Luther King think of you supporting Hillary?" He might as well of asked, "Are you Black first or female first?" Angelou basically responded by saying that her "friends" would be proud of her since she was an intelligent person making an informed decision...

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