By Sam Loose | USA
With Progressivism in a commonplace within American politics, it is difficult for one to ignore the Women’s equality movement known as Feminism. But while the media is dominated by “feminists.” the general public is not. Only twenty-three percent of women identify as feminists while over eighty-two percent believe in equality between the sexes. But why is there such a disparity between the two numbers? Feminism is all about gender equality right? Well not really. The way I see it we have two options, continue the awkward limbo of pretending that mainstream feminism isn’t mainstream feminism, or accepting what feminism has regressed into and fixing it. In the interest of women’s rights, I am for the second option.
Personally, I believe one of the biggest turnoffs to modern feminism is the name calling. Name calling, or the branding of any “cis straight white male” as “Hitler, a fascist, an oppressor, a racist, a bigot, and or sexist. Now in my criticism of modern feminism, name calling exists outside of just calling people names and ties into a few other areas of feminism that I would like to touch on, including but not limited to intersectionality, diversity, and equality.
So what was it that ultimately caused mainstream feminists to become who they are today? What brought on the name calling? What exactly caused feminists to be more concerned with how oppressed every single group is rather than fighting for the equality of women? What was the force that has lead feminists to using lies to further their own cause whilst ignoring the pleas of foreign women? In my own opinion, the integration of intersectionality into feminist thought has created the greatest of divides in the feminist movement.
Intersectionality is the belief that there is an inter connection of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage and in order for women to be equal to men all other systems of inequality must be eradicated. In theory, this sounds great and to a large degree makes sense. So if it makes sense, why is it that I blame it for the degradation of feminism? Well, like many other political theories that I will avoid naming, intersectionality only works well on paper. What was supposed to unify the feminist movement, only further divided it, turning a movement dedicated to the equality and improvement of the rights of women, into the “oppression Olympics,” pitting each group of women against each other.
But it is not just different physical groups separated by intersectionality, diversity of thought also fell victim. For example, one can not be pro-life and be a feminist, unfortunately, abortion is seen as an issue who’s legality is necessary in the feminist world, therefore a woman who is pro life can not be a “real feminist” as “abortion is seen as necessary to liberate women. The same discrimination can exist against white, conservative, free market capitalist, and Christian women.
For feminism to be repaired, it must first be unified, to do that feminists must be rallied around one single issue, the liberation of women, and be open to all who would like to unite themselves under that cause.