“Supporting prostitution and screaming “SWERF” at abolitionists isn’t feminism, it’s capitulating to male supremacy and writing marginalized women off as collateral damage.”
I love your Shit Liberal Feminists Say series so much! That’s exactly what liberals who call women SWERFs are, nothing more than school yard bullies, not to mention how privileged the people who say it usually are. They’ve co-opted feminism to do the exact opposite and serve patriarchal institutions.
Like many feminists, my interest in women’s rights began when I started noticing I was treated like I was less than the men around me. I didn’t analyze much deeper than that – I just needed confirmation that something wasn’t right, I wasn’t imagining it, and that that something wasn’t my fault. Now that my analysis has gone deeper, and is rooted firmly in an anti-oppression framework, it’s clear to me that when I first started learning and believing in feminism I was, in fact, a liberal feminist.
Liberal feminism is an individualistic view of women’s rights that holds equality with men as its end goal. Liberal feminism focuses on advancing women’s positions in existing institutions and believes that what women want out of life is what men want and have already secured for themselves.
Way back then, I understood feminism in relation to my life, my experiences and my…
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