Join The Fight For Female Bodied Liberation. Feminist as fuck. Author. Rejects the bullshit gender construct. Socialist. General radical. Currently writing a book on strategies to topple the patriarchy.
Radical feminism is beginning to flourish again…and whether you haven’t joined us yet, or you’re already fully paid up radfem, here’s a few suggestions as to how you can contribute and help our movement grow…(as well as some pitfalls to watch out for)
Something rather interesting is happening in radfem land, with the movement currently enjoying an influx of new enthusiasts, many of these women who have become disillusioned with the misogyny that has infected liberal feminism. There is a renewed flourishing of radical feminist activity, activism, strategizing, community organizing, and theory. Groups like A Woman’s Place, and #ManFriday are emerging, who run campaigns, stage protests, and host speaking events to raise awareness about the thorny issue of Self ID and expose the regressive gender stereotypes that bolster trans ideology.
Excitingly, several local grassroots radical feminist chapters like Cheltenham RadFems are also now popping up throughout the UK, as well as further afield.
One major reason for this is that the liberal feminist position has failed women, having been thoroughly co-opted by misogynistic males. Women who believe in their right to personhood, in fighting for what is right, must fight from a radical feminist perspective or see our cause flounder, see our rights and the rights of other women infringed.
With the spread of trans rights activism, women’s rights are getting quashed rapidly, including the right to define our own bodies and name the root cause of our oppression – biology.
Trans rights activism replete with misogyny, could not have been so embraced with so much enthusiasm had there not been a growing undercurrent of misogyny present in society, a simmering resentment at the progress women have made so far.
The lie of equality has been fully exposed. Women under patriarchy have never had equality, equal respect, nor equal personhood.
By trying to achieve equality by male defined standards, in a world created by men, we sell ourselves short. We need to demand nothing short of liberation.
The upside is that for the first time in my lifetime I see a renaissance and renewed enthusiam for radical feminist activism. New groups and organisations are springing up every month, as women everywhere begin to rediscover their revolutionary power.
Together we must unite, raising consciousness in our sisters wherever we can. We must work together to form a resistance movement that is so cohesively united in one aim, the cause of justice for all women, everywhere.
Too long we have been co-opted into compromise. Misguidedly, albeit with the best of intentions, some of us have taken the middle road, diluted our revolutionary power and adopted the liberal position.
As Queer politics have begun to dominate cultural discourse, the radical feminist gains our Second Wave sisters made for women have been halted in their tracks.
The backlash, a result of stinging resentment and fury at women’s progress, is nothing new.
Hatred for women has never gone away, not since patriarchy begun.
We are the ones who are schooled to be nice, accepting, we are the ones who are always expected to give up our space, our identities, our bodies. We are punished when we demand things for our own, when we demand the right to say no.
But we must say no to gender ideology, if we want to dismantle patriarchy and achieve true, full liberation, in a world free of regressive stereotypes.
We can’t play nice anymore.
We have tried to convince those with hate in their hearts to join us in the call for justice.
We have tried to reason with them, appease them, in some cases we have ceded ground, allowing natal males into women’s spaces, women’s places, we have called them by “preferred pronouns”, we have even called them women.
We did this never expecting they would not stop until we were completely colonised and under their control.
Quite clearly, all this compromise does not work.
Now we are being told men define what a woman is, men define what a lesbian is, and if we don’t cooperate we deserve to be beaten.
These threats of violence frequently lead to real life incidents of brutality, lesbians being beaten by those radicalised by queer theory in gay bars, women silenced online and in Universities, women attacked at meetings and demonstrations, for the simple act of organising to combat sex based oppression.
Persuasive argument may work to raise consciousness in some people, but for others, it will never work, ever.
Those people do not feel our injustice, many times, they do not even care it exists.
They are misogynists, with a deep hatred of women that need cling to an unjust gender caste system that labels them superior.
The road forward is clear. Global organised, strategized, radical feminist resistance to oppression and intolerance of misogyny, all the time, everywhere.
All who care deeply for women and humanity, as well as all women who whose hearts are heavy with sickness at the brutality and injustice of this patriarchal world should stand with us, in support of born women and girls.
If you are a woman, you do not benefit from the current status quo, which far too often let’s misogyny both covert and overt go unchecked.
If you are a woman, and you are not yet standing with radical feminists who fight for you, for all women, then unless you agree in sanctioning your own suppression, along with that of other born women, you must wake up.
All of us who are born women, are not currently being treated with equal fairness, all of us who are not receiving equal respect; Black, Hispanic, White, Native American, Asian, lesbian, disabled, and more, all of us born female must get over our petty differences and unify.
We need to unite as one solid movement with a lioness roar so loud it can never be silenced.
We must intervene to stop harmful gender ideology taking root and becoming the new norm, before irreparable damage is done, to society, to humanity, to women’s rights, to children.
Unify against the root problem – misogyny
We must now abandon the current Left, it has now been destroyed by the misogyny our leaders choose to ignore, and worse, often enable themselves. The right has never been the answer, it is no friend to women and never has been.
We are on our own. But sisterhood is powerful.
We need to reclaim the Left. We will reclaim it. But first, we need to reclaim feminism itself.
The most effective weapon of suppression is to divide and conquer. It’s happened to feminism, with the libfem/ radfem divide, which has worked to split women in the Left.
Within the Left, for years, as women we have been relatively ignored. Now we find the situation worsening, with leaders such as Corbyn turning a blind eye, while we go round in circles, chasing compromise while getting caught up in petty identity politics, and inter-movement strife.
Meanwhile, the other side, the status quo the Left should be fighting against, sits enshrined on a centuries old throne of assumed superiority.
This stolen throne has used the suppression and silencing of many, many millions of women to ensure its survival.
We need to topple that throne once and for all, we need to pull it down and burn it to the ground. Then we need to send a clear message to all those who worship the privilege it represents that we will never allow it to exist again.
A simple plan for a better world – for women, for girls – everywhere
Until now, we who came after the Second Wave, though many of us have always desperately wanted justice and equality for all women, we have not always had a clear enough vision of how we can continue the fight our Second Wave foremothers and their Suffragette grandmothers began.
Many of us were confused, unsure whether women, at least in the West, were making progress or not.
It is now clear we are not. If anything, rigid gender stereotypes that ensure males remain the superior caste, are becoming ever more firmly enshrined, with the rise of trans activism.
But now we are getting organised again. This is good, as our previous lack of focus weakened our effectiveness to dismantle patriarchy.
The misogynists are laughing at us today, but they will not be laughing forever. We will not let the work our Second Wave sisters did for us, for justice, for fairness for women be squandered, we cannot let the massive sacrifice the suffragettes made to raise the status of women be for nothing.
We need to come together, as women, and universally agree on direct action to dismantle the patriarchal systems of control.
Then, building on radical feminist theory our foremothers bequeathed us, we need to collectively agree on what comes after.
Any truly effective plan for change should consider the following:
1, Resources – we need to put our combined resources; financial, creative, medical, legal, creative technological, all our skills, into fighting for the cause of justice for women. Whatever we can contribute, our words, our financial help, our ability to build, craft, create, and of course the most important resource of all, our physical presence, must be lent to the radical feminist resistance movement whenever we can. This is necessary to truly effect change for women, as every movement requires resources.
A totally not comprehensive list of resources we might consider gathering and actions we might consider taking:
Spaces for women
– In an age where born women’s space is increasingly being impinged on, we need to start fighting back and reclaiming our right to organise, in spaces free from male bodies.
We need to source suitable, safe locations to meet in, including spaces for shelters and women only refuges. We should start fundraisers to collectively contribute towards the rental or leasing fees for these spaces, as well as collectively raise finances to buy land and property, so as to allocate space for women and girls. The excellent We Want The Land Coalition did exactly this, purchasing land for women and girls, to use, to host radical feminist, and born women only events.
We could look to finding other, more inventive ways to build or create new spaces for women, this could include purchasing houseboats to gather, or constructing eco or temporary housing on land we have purchased or lease from scratch.
Medical support network –
We should begin to establish a network of radical feminist doctors, medics, gynaecologists who we can turn to when we need medical advice and the medical establishment has failed us.
Perhaps we could establish a pro bono type service where radical feminists who are also qualified medics, gyno’s etc.. could donate some of their expertise to women in need? This would be particularly useful in case of any law change, as although, at the moment sex remains a protected characteristic in the UK at least, it may not always be the case.
Certainly, this type of resource bank of radical feminist medical experts would benefit radical feminists living in countries such as Canada right now.
This would be particularly useful resource for occasions like when born women are denied a smear test or other intimate exam, because they refused to accept an examination by a Self ID’ing trans “woman” for example.
Legal support network –
Equally, we could begin to build a network of radical feminist lawyers, legal advisors, consultants etc…that we can turn to look over legal documents to check for loopholes that may negatively impact women, as well as laws we can use to our advantage, to advance the cause of women. We can also draw on these experts to help us challenge misogynistic laws and policy proposals that will negatively impact on women.
As well, these legal brains could help us build cases that would help challenge long-held patriarchal institutions, such as pornographers and the sex trade in general, perhaps something along the lines of constructing a class action suit claiming a human rights violation of the dignity of women and girls.
We should also all try to become more familiar with the laws of our country and others, particularly all those that effect girls and women, and learn how to use the legal system to our advantage.
Obviously, those radfems among us who already understand the legal system can help us massively on this, if they have the time to donate to our cause, and I know many are doing exactly this, as I write this.
Political support network-
As well as building a medical and legal network, we should also start compiling a list or database of MP’s who are sympathetic to radical feminist positions. Everything from Self ID to abortion, and pornography, as this will be an excellent resource from which to draw from, when we want to challenge laws, and raise awareness in Parliament.
It also goes without saying that by now all of us should have written into our local MP to voice our objections to the Government’s Self ID proposals, and also, to ask her/ him to raise the matter in Parliament and call for an impact assessment on women and girls.
But we can also contact our local MPs on other matters, asking them to raise parliamentary questions regarding strip clubs, the sex trade, pornography, domestic violence, rape, workplace harassment, equal pay, and maternity provision.
And of course, we can contact our local councils, to ensure rape shelters, women’s only swimming clubs, and other women’s spaces in our community, stay free of biological male people.
We should also attend local political party meetings and challenge the leaders and speakers there, raising questions and issues that pertain to women’s rights, freedoms, or protections.
Some of us, who are more politically inclined could also consider running for a candidacy in one of the political parties you feel most strongly affiliated with, or as an independent candidate in your local area, as it would be great to have more radical feminist orientated political figures, who can advocate on behalf of women.
Physical self-defence –
If possible, we should all learn the basic skills necessary to defend ourselves if, and only if, a violent situation occurs that would threaten us or any other women. We cannot allow ourselves to stand by passively for instance where women are being threatened with violence, and women are being beaten, this is not the same as sanctioning indiscriminate acts of unjustified violence.
Those already in possession of self-defence skills could perhaps volunteer a few hours of time in their locality to teach other radfems, and perhaps also women from the community, these essential skills.
This is vital, especially considering trans activist’s violence is spiralling, coupled with the fact that nearly every event we organise is protested and picketed by TRAs, with threats of violence frequently being issued to us.
Organizingand carrying outDirect Action –
We cannot be idle in this fight, and we cannot let our fears of violence and retribution get the better of us (I myself am so terribly guilty of this but have decided to make the effort to overcome this particular trepidation of mine recently after being convinced of the need to act as harmful trans ideology begins to spiral out of control).
We must be prepared to put our lives on the line to stand up for what’s right if need be (unlikely in a Western country these days but hey, you never know). It is not about openly defying the police for the sake of it, the law should be respected providing it upholds justice and equality. However, when it does not, it is our most basic duty as human beings to oppose it.
For those who might disagree with this idea, imagine this hypothetical scenario. A head of state passes a racist law that gives the police powers to arrest people of colour indiscriminately and detain them, all under the guise they might be suspected terrorists or enemies of the state.
In this situation, as believers in justice, should we stand by and passively allow law enforcement to carry out the orders of this head of state? Should we also stand by and watch if the police brutalize innocents on the orders of a fascist? History has shown us all too terrifyingly what can happen if we take that road.
The only sane and logical answer is no, of course we should not. That is why we cannot be afraid to resist oppression with every means we have, while also taking care not to incite violence against those who are doing no harm to us.
Direct action can come in many forms, including sticker campaigns to raise awareness of feminist issues, like the ones the brilliant Untameable Shrews carry out in their local communities, to protesting strip clubs, to buying hard copy radical feminist books and donating them to our local library, or contacting schools and asking them to distribute educational materials that challenge harmful gender ideology, as the excellent Transgender Trend are doing.
We can print out flyers, such as the informative SAGES factsheets on gender ideology and distribute them in our local communities.
We can start local radfem chapters in our communities, leasing space to meet weekly or monthly, in order to organise, strategize, and plan direct action that we can then take in our localities to raise radical feminist consciousness in women who have not yet joined us.
To further our outreach, and encourage other women to come to consciousness, we can organise radical feminist festivals, and other events, such as jumble sales, craft fairs, Q+ A’s on gender, self-defence workshops, swap shops, and feminist social outings like group swimming sessions, and advertise these in our local communities (like on supermarket message boards and in community centres and libraries, as well as online.
At these events we can gently raise awareness by handing out literature, giving talks, having conversations, or by having our posters and other political artwork prominently on display.
We can also volunteer some of our time where possible, to help radical feminist organisations and causes, like Justice For Women, the feminist campaigning organisation co-founded by Julie Bindel, that helps advocate for incarcerated women who have killed their violent abusive partners.
And we can volunteer our time to local women’s refuges, as well as starting crowdfunders on sites like www.crowfunder.co.uk and offline fundraising events to raise money for causes that directly benefit women and girls.
Technology, media, and communication –
We are the Facebook generation. Nearly all of us are connected to the web in some way, using Twitter, Facebook, and various other platforms to exchange messages, news, and ideas. We can harness this global connectivity to our advantage to mobilize and evoke positive change, as has been demonstrated effectively before in the “Facebook Uprising” that occurred in 2011 in Tunisia.
A few examples; we can use our connectivity to post details of organised meetings and protests, to talk and share ideas, hash out feminist theory, and to provide support to each other.
We can use it to start radical feminist online magazines, shops that sell radfem inspired crafts and jewellery, radfem owned businesses, and radical feminist online resource centres like RadFem Central.
We can also use it to present a loud, public resistance that actively and consistently promotes our opposition to oppression, and we can and should attempt to connect with the wider caucus of women who have not yet awakened to radical feminism.
We can use our technology to make our voices heard to the people that matter. We can contact our MP’s, complain to schools, Universities, shops that stock pornography, allow misogynistic merchandise such as the infamous “Fuck TERFS” t-shirts to be sold on their platform, or have implemented dangerous Self ID policies in changing rooms, putting women and girls at risk from male violence and male predatory behaviour.
We can contact businesses that implement unfair or harmful policy to women, and to places of learning that employ misogynistic professors and lecturers, as well as to workplaces that foster misogynistic staff, or condone a sexually intimidating environment that is hostile to women.
We can write or call in to support our sisters who have been banned or no-platformed from feminist events, left wing spaces, Universities, or political parties.
We can support and start campaigns and petitions to raise awareness of radical feminist causes, we can blog and spread the word, we can write our own books on radical feminism, and when misogynistic abuses occur, if they are newsworthy, we can also contact journalists who might be sympathetic to our cause.
We can start radical feminist e-newsletters and e-zines, and maybe even some old school style print ‘zines and newsletters too, because, well, they’re totally rad .
We can start feminist websites, and also Radfem news sites like the awesome Feminist Current.
Of course, as misogyny rises, due to vocally aggressive trans activism, radical feminist voices are being censored more and more on platforms such as FB and Twitter.
As well as maintaining our social media platforms on these spaces for as long as we can, we should also begin to organize on alternative platforms, such as Me We, where radical feminists are still free to collectively organize.
Some possible problems and pitfalls within our movement that we need to watch out for
This is dangerous because not only does back-biting and sniping give outsiders the chance to criticize our movement but it is ultimately unproductive to entertain such horizontal hostility when we would be much better served unifying to combat the harms of patriarchy.
We are never, ever going to agree on everything, but all of us should be able to collectively organize around the most basic radical feminist principles.
Principles like the fact that gender is a harmful social construct and a caste system that puts women in an servant class, the fact that the sex trade is an abusive industry that harms vulnerable women and children, and objectifies and degrades all women, and the fact pornography is exploitative, harms intimacy, and also has a negative social impact on the way all women are viewed.
Fighting among ourselves, or micro-managing other women’s language who basically agree with radical feminist principles anyway, and critiquing their social media posts etc.., is not helpful to us, and is in fact outright damaging.
And of course, as a movement that believes fundamentally in the importance of taking action, rather than arguing among ourselves, we should be looking for practical actionable steps and action we can take that will help to dismantle patriarchy.
Within protest groups such as Occupy there have been those that have attached themselves to the cause with one eye on causing trouble for troubles sake or with other negative intentions. We cannot let this happen and must constantly be alert for narcissists looking to grab the mike, and also those looking to smear our movement for their own personal gain or vested interests.
Allowing the politics of the current system to replay over again within our movement
We’ve seen this happen within the feminist cause in the past, where, as white women,..
The website www.crowdfunder.co.uk has just suspended a fundraising campaign started by Transgender Trend, a group of concerned parents trying to raise financial backing in order to provide schools with the full facts about the harms of medically transitioning children. By 1pm on 01/06/2018, the Transgender Trend fundraiser account had been suspended by Crowfunder UK, due to “an unprecedented number of complaints about the project” from trans activists. When contacted, Crowdfunder stated the account would remain suspended while they ” investigate the project further”.
Crowdfunder’s decision follows a targeted campaign of harassment of Transgender Trend, carried out on social media by a vocal minority of trans activists. This campaign of harassment has seen many malicious and libelous false claims leveled against the group. These unsubstantiated claims are now being repeated as fact by left wing outlets in the mainstream media, including by Pink News, who called Transgender Trend “deeply transphobic”.
If Crowdfunder have acted on these libelous claims, without corroborating them fully, they themselves could be considered as acting as accessories to libel.
The views Transgender Trend expresses are the exact same views shared by many prominent medical experts, including fertility doctor, Professor Robert Winston, who stated he was now “seeing the long-term consequences of gender affirmation treatments” in his fertility clinics.
Dr Polly Carmichael, head of the UK’s only NHS clinic for children experiencing gender dysphoria, The Tavistock and Portman Centre, in North London, has endorsed the “watchful waiting” approach advocated by Transgender Trend, along with many of her medical peers in the field of Gender Identity. Dr Carmichael has also alluded to a possible corroboration between the rise in children diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and the high numbers of gender dysphoric children at the clinic who display symptoms of autism.
It is vital schools and parents receive a balanced view from both sides of the debate, before deciding to send their children down the irreversible pathway to medical transition, particularly as half of the children being referred to the Tavistock Gender Identity Clinic display autistic traits, and the clinic treats patients as young as three years old.
Transgender Trend are not a hate group, they are not advocating harm or inciting violence towards transgender people. The group’s only aim is to alert parents and schools to the potential dangers of drugs used to medically transition children, such as puberty blockers like Lupron.
Some people believe puberty blockers, “buy” children time, delaying puberty until they can make up their minds as to whether or not they want to transition. These people mistakenly believe that there are no side effects to these drugs. But some medical experts claim there are harmful side effects like memory problems, impaired brain development, bone damage, and infertility.
If we can’t be 100% sure there are no long term side effects from these drugs, at this stage, so is it really ethical of us to be giving these drugs to children?
At the very least, anyone responsible for the well being of children should be fully informed as to the potential dangers of medical transition. That’s what Transgender Trend were trying to achieve with their crowdfunder, a campaign that aimed to raise vital funding that would enable them to distribute their materials to schools and parents.
Gender dysphoria is a very real and painful condition but it occurs because our society runs on an unfair, unequal gender caste system. This system is a social construct that tries to put all of us in narrow gender stereotyped boxes by teaching us from a very early age that little girls should like pink and wear dresses, and little boys like blue and play with trucks.
Gender ideology, with it’s insistence on identities that often come with a prescribed set of behavioral traits and appearance codes, only upholds this outmoded caste system. It’s the same system as the old sex role stereotyping Second Wave feminists attempted to break down in the 70’s and 80’s, until Queer Politics became the dominant school of thought inn Liberal society, intercepting their efforts by embracing regressive Gender Identity theory.
Don’t fall for it.
Gender Identity ideology is not progressive politics at all, it’s as old as the patriarchy itself, just wrapped up in a fancy new guise.
This unequal gender caste system limits all of our lives, particularly those of us who don’t fit neatly into the pink or blue box.
Radical feminists know that girl children will suffer from dysphoria, in a society where we frown upon ambitious girls who like to wear their hair short and kick footballs around. We know too, that feminine boy children will suffer dysphoria, in a society that punishes boys who like to paint their fingernails, dress up as a Disney princess, or play with dolls.
It’s for this reason we want to dismantle the gender caste system, get rid of all the limiting stereotypes, and just let all people be, whether they are masculine females, or feminine males.
But it seems as a society, we’d rather do anything other than that.
We’d rather force children (and adults) into transition in order to uphold a stereotypical worldview that brainwashes us all into believing that little girls and women should be passive, pretty, and pleasing, than we would just embrace confident, strong and clever girls who know how to fix bikes.
When we finally are ready to chuck out the stereotypes, our society will be so much healthier, not just for women, but for everyone.
Gender stereotypes are the cause of so many ills in our society, including the disregard and disrespect meted out to women. Regressive stereotypes and ideas, like the notion women should cater to male needs, are the reason women get sexually harassed, raped, not promoted, talked over, and shamed for not fitting patriarchal standards of beauty.
As a society, we talk about #metoo and pretend to be shocked. We wonder how many women could have experienced so much harassment.
Well it’s time we had the conversation about what’s really causing the problem.
The gender caste system.
Let’s chuck it out.
Let’s all be free.
As of 9:21 pm today, 02/06/2018, Transgender Trend’s Crowdfunder still remains suspended. I urge anyone who believes in free speech and the protection of children’s health to email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask them to reverse their Orwellian decision.
If you are a liberal feminist, you probably see self proclaimed radical feminists like me as the enemy. After all, you’ve been taught to hate feminists like me, yet do you ever wonder why, when all we are fighting for is women’s liberation from male violence, male domination, and male control?
Women make up around 52% of every countries population, when we unite sisterhood is so powerful. You only have to look to the past, to the incredible gains made for women by our Second Wave sisters, to see what can happen when women unite.
Who would benefit from turning us against each other?
In whose interests do you think it is, to prioritize male interests and whims, over female bodied people’s real needs, real oppression, and real concern?
I am not against you but we both know we live in a patriarchy, and though you are probably familiar with that word, you might not realise exactly what it means, what it has done to you, to me, to all of us in society, even to men.
Patriarchy had taught us all to hate women, taught us all too well.
So well, so effectively, even when we are women ourselves, patriarchy teaches us that other women, even when they fight with our best interests at heart, are the enemy, if they dare put female needs over male ones.
Do you really believe a white, middle class trans “woman” born into a male body, and all the privilege that comes with having one, is truly more oppressed than a black working class biologically female lesbian?
The liberal left tells you yes, trans women are more oppressed, the most oppressed. And you follow what they say, and turn against your sisters, sisters who are fighting for your rights, who will always fight for your rights, even though you hate us, spit in our faces and scream TERF at us over and over again.
We are fighting for you because we love you, we love all women, even the ones that piss us off, even the ones that spit and scream in our faces.
We love women because we are women and we have unlearned the lessons of patriarchy which teaches us to hate ourselves.
Loving women is not something our society encourages. That’s why it hates radical feminists so much, because we do love women, and we will fight for women’s interests, over men’s.
So you attack us, following the current liberal dogma, screaming TERF even though somewhere inside, if you really stop and think, you know something feels wrong.
Why does it feel wrong sometimes?
Think about who is telling you to turn against us?
Who tells you trans women are the most oppressed, who screams it the loudest?
Does this sentiment most often and most strongly come from male mouths, or female ones?
Has your movement ever centred ONE thing that exclusively could ONLY effect biological females?
You know, things like child brides, honour killings of Muslim women, female infanticide, abortion, poor girls who are prevented from going to school because of lack of access to sanitary products, Female Genital Mutilation, breastfeeding mothers?
Think about it.
Now ask yourself this question.
Do you really still think you’re part of a truly feminist movement?
The reason for most women’s oppression is our biology, not our gender identity.
This is not to say, some passing trans women, won’t be perceived as having female biology and suffer some, a tiny fraction of the discrimination that born women face from birth.
But even then, they have a lifetime of male socialisation, male privilege, and they still have male biology, a biology our society loves, a body we privilege in nearly every walk of life.
Are you sure your movement really cares about women with female biology?
How can you be sure when they tell you female biology doesn’t exist, that a vagina is not female, that uteruses are just a body part?
Do you believe that’s true?
Do you really believe trans women’s are women just because they say they are?
Do you really, truly believe that a female child in Pakistan could tell her “husband” she was male, and he would not force her into marriage, not force her into his bed?
If not why not?
Is it because of her biology?
Is it because you know, deep down, that saying something doesn’t necessarily make it so, particularly when it comes to ignoring the scientific fact of biology?
Could your father have given birth to you?
If not, why not?
All we are doing, us witches, us TERFS, is trying to keep the hard won sex based rights, and legal protections, our sisters secured for women back in the 70’s and 80’s.
We are doing this not because we hate trans people, because we don’t hate them, nor do we wish them any harm.
We don’t want to stop trans people dressing how they want, or even changing their bodies, if they want, though we don’t want the medical establishment to give harmful blockers like Lupron to children under the age of 16.
We definitely would be the first ones out screaming on the streets if anyone tried to take away the protections and rights that trans people currently have under the protected category of Gender Reassignment, which guarantees them access to healthcare, respect, and protection from discrimination.
We definitely think it would be healthier to dismantle the system of gender itself, which pushes harmful, limiting stereotypes on men and women, than it is to medicate healthy bodies, and cut of healthy sexual organs.
But we can’t stop grown adults doing what they want to their bodies and we don’t want to. That’s not what this is about.
What this is about are the harmful proposed Self ID laws the UK government and many other governments around the world are currently considering. We don’t agree with allowing anyone to self identify and say they are a woman just because they say so..
Because in this patriarchal society, which hates women, and resents the gains towards liberation we have made, we know what is likely to happen if you allow just anyone to say they are a woman.
We know because it’s already happening.
Women can’t say we suffer oppression because of our biology. We can’t state this simple fact or we are called TERFs. You know this is true because this is what you call us yourself.
And soon, it will be hate speech to speak this simple truth.
But will that stop the female genital mutilation, the sexual harassment that women exponentially suffer from because men see female biology and assign lesser value to it, the rapes, the lack of sanitary protection for poor women, the domestic violence, the murder, the many, many degrading pornographic images and videos of people with female biology.
Can you be sure the Self ID law won’t be abused by predators like Ian Huntley, who is now self identifying as Nicola, the name of one of his victim’s mother?
Will making female biology hate speech end all the injustice and oppression biological women and girls suffer from?
Will passing self ID guarantee that predatory men who hate women won’t use it as a chance to trample over the gains born women have made?
If so, carry on doing what you are doing.
If not, you might want to reconsider whose interests you are fighting for when you centre male interests, and place male needs over women’s, over your own.
I know you’re just trying to survive in a world that hates women, people with female biology.
I know it feels good to feel like your the special one, the cool girl, the one who isn’t hated by men.
But they only act like they don’t hate you because at the moment at least you’re useful to them. You do everything they tell you to do don’t you?
Have you tried to see what would happen when you voice a contrary opinion or try to centre your own female needs to Leftie men like Owen Jones?
I think inside you already know.
Do you really think when they won’t even let women organise against our own sex oppression as class, that Leftie men really care about you?
You are a woman after all. And not the kind liberal left guys like Owen Jones like.
You’re have the wrong biology for that I’m afraid.
The worst part is, liberal left is guys like Owen Jones don’t even see trans women as women.
They show that they see trans women as men, by centering them, and supporting them, even when trans women threaten violence to an incredibly oppressed group, biological women and girls.
Leftie men like Owen Jones show that they really see trans women as men when they let trans women tell born women how to identify, telling us we must use the term cis.
Leftie guys like Owen won’t even let born women define ourselves, let alone define anyone else.
That’s how we know they see trans women as men. But they see you as a woman. They will always see you as just a woman.
Because of your biology.
And if one day you need help and support, they won’t be there for you, because they don’t care.
But we care. And we will always be there.
If you think that by selling your sisters out, by turning away from us, or by screaming TERF at us, it will make the kind of men who hate women love you or even like you, you are sadly mistaken.
The only kind of women they will ever like or love, are the kind they really see as men.
If you are reading this, know we radical feminists will always fight for you. But we can’t guarantee we will win, because women are hated, especially women who fight for other women.
We will never give up,though we wish you would join us.
Because the simple truth is, if you and other women like you stand with us, if all women stand with us, we know we could end all this injustice, put a stop to all the oppression.
We know this because we, women are half the population, and we know this because sisterhood is powerful.
This week saw Corbyn’s Labour underperforming in the UK local elections, a result, due at least in part to the leader’s refusal to address the antisemitic and misogynistic bigotry that simmers amongst many supporters of the British hard left today …
After eight years of a Tory government, which has seen the Grenfell disaster and Windrush scandal happen on their watch, and considering the Brexit debacle continues to rumble on, you’d expect the opposition to be enjoying a comfortable lead on the incumbent government by now.
But because of the Labour leader’s dismissal, and wilful ignorance of Jews and women, Labour paid the price at the recent polls, not gaining the ground needed to convince skeptics Corbyn can win a General Election.
What’s more, they are certain to do so again at the next General Election, as the Jewish community, and biological women wake up and smell the coffee.
Corbyn doesn’t care about women, and he doesn’t care about Jews.
Quite how Labour has any biological female or Jewish supporters left leaves me often scratching my head in confusion.
The Labour party, has traditionally always been the party for the oppressed, geared firmly towards championing more rights for women, and for fighting against all forms of racism, including antisemitism.
Today, Labour continue to claim they are the party for justice for all, but in reality, Corbyn’s Labour Party is really only concerned with justice for some.
As if that wasn’t disappointing enough, even more worryingly, often what Corbyn supporters claim to champion in the name of justice, ( like Labour’s adoption of Self ID for the transgendered even though Self ID is not yet leg), hypocritically results in the oppression of others, i.e. women, and fans the flames of misogynist bigots, which is not justice at all.
With Corbyn’s continued, stubborn refusal to acknowledge the concerns of female members of Labour, concerned about the impact the ill-thought out Self ID policy may have on them, he empowers misogynistic Left Wing males to belittle, talk over, and shut down women’s debate.
Labour has morphed into a movement that is championing something far more sinister than justice.
Corbyn also stands by while sickening, malicious, venomous and violent Jew hatred is spewed from his supporters mouths, an attitude that is commonly found among members of the British Left today, as antisemitism seams to weave it’s tentacles tightly throughout the body politic of Corbyn’s Labour Party.
The Hard Left wing of Labour, Corbyn’s base, is rife with anti-semetic memes, passive aggressive allegories alluding to “oily, slimey, slippery, all powerful Jews, controlling the world”, outright lies such as “ Jews are responsible for 9/11”, and venomous hatred directed towards the Jewish community.
Figures such as Ken Livingstone should have no place in any right thinking humanitarian party remain unchallenged.
Livingstone’s continued presence is unacceptable for a Party who claims their reason for being is to ensure “human rights for all”.
Neither should Labour enable paedophile apologist Peter Tatchell, who previously authored a forward to a book that championed sex between 9 year old boys and adults.
In Corbyn’s Labour Party, anti-semites, paedophile apologists, and misogynists are magically transformed into freedom fighters against oppression, while radical feminists who try to dismantle the gender construct by pointing out that if girls aren’t passive, and like to climb trees that doesn’t make them boys, are demonized, ridiculed, terrorised, and silenced.
Another core competence of the Corbynite Left is to champion the oppression of free speech, free debate, and free thoughts, all veiled under the guise of protecting the vulnerable from hate speech.
To some, protecting the vulnerable from bigoted hate speech might seem like a noble goal, indeed, stamping out bigotry everywhere is a goal of mine, and as a previous lifelong Leftist, has always been.
But what is bigotry?
And what is hate speech according to Corbyn’s supporters?
You might think that violently threatening to punch a woman’s face in, rape her, then burn her alive, just because she happens to state the fact that women are oppressed on the basis of their sex was to use hate speech.
With Corbyn’s Left, it’s the other way around.
In Corbyn’s Labour,radical feminist women are painted as violent oppressors to trans people, and therefore any form of violence directed towards them can be justified.
When did the basis of women’s oppression become anathema to Labour?
When did biology become hatred?
The fact that women are oppressed because of their biology is a fact that can be corroborated by many instances of misery apparent to all of us who care to acknowledge them. It is apparent in the killing of baby girls in Pakistan, in the suppression of the female sex in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and numerous other Middle and Far eastern countries around the world, in the barbaric practice of Female Genital Mutilation that is inflicted on those with female sex parts with the aim and intention to deprive them of natural sexual pleasure, and in so many other innumerable, shocking, horrific, and sad ways.
Even in modern Britain, female bodied people are still, to this day, discriminated against on the basis of their biology.
Fat shaming is a hateful thing, whoever it is done too, but you only have to watch a larger sized biological man walking down the street, and observe how he is treated, then watch the reactions to a larger woman, to see a clear and startling difference.
What on earth is society discriminating on, if not biology?
After all, no one asked either person their gender identity before discriminating?
Gender identity is not the main basis for women’s discrimination, biology is.
In Corbyn’s warped world of Orwellian madness, a women merely stating fact, immediately becomes an oppressor, simply because her opinion is not in step with the current, misogynistic Party policy.
Such is the rampant misogyny that runs as rife in the left as the virulent antisemitism the Corbynites enthusiastically cultivate.
Yes hate speech, according to Corbyn’s acolytes is now nothing more than mere biological fact and reality, a horrific reality that has limited so many millions of female lives, and will limit many more.
Far too frequently the basis of women’s oppression, their biology, also ends women’s lives, in a misogynistic spiral of brutal violence, rape, and sadistic torture.
We are currently all inhabiting in an incredibly sadistic society, and though there are now voices from all walks of life who are starting to speak out against this, the one area that should be the champion of the truly oppressed, the Left, is now failing, many, badly.
I don’t know what it is about Corbyn, but misogynistic males seem to flock to follow him, and the hard left of Labour is now chock full of ’em.
Is this the revenge of those our cruel, hierarchical society would dub the “beta male”? Is this not what we see with the rise of the Incel, the ultimate beta male in our society’s eyes due to his lack of prowess with women.
Incels espouse about their fantasies of killing Chads, who they see as so called Alpha males. Chads in reality are more than likely just nice, normal guys who can actually talk to women because they like them.
Chads probably don’t harbour a simmering misogynistic resentment of women, don’t have a problem with women succeeding, and so can actually talk to and experience relationships women as though women are human.
When I look at males our society would class as beta, whether through physical stature, economic stature, career success, confidence, strength, prowess with women, I see the resentment they must harbour at being unfairly labelled as less than.
It is indeed unfair, as radical feminists have been shouting for years, that there be one model of ideal man and one model of ideal woman.
That ideal is what the gender caste system demands from us all, as without the gender polarities, it would crumble.Radical feminists have been wanting society to take a good hard look at the the ridiculous gender caste system for decades, and have been getting pilloried, decried as man hating witches, or dismissed as lunatics for equally as long.
Radical feminists have been wanting society to take a good hard look at the the ridiculous gender caste system for decades, and have been getting pilloried, decried as man hating witches, or dismissed as lunatics for equally as long.
It seems there are many who are determined to make the gender caste system last for as long as they possibly can, and shockingly many of these people are in Corbyn’s Labour.
Instead of supporting radical feminists, and seeing the clear parallels between female’s oppression, and the discrimination they might suffer, lefty dude bros, Incels, and other like-minded misogynistic types show their true characters.
They turn their resentment at our bigoted society, and their feelings of entitlement to sex, into pathological hatred of women.
This, despite the obvious fact that women are not the ones who keep the shitshow that is the gender caste system going, as women do not directly benefit from it.
The measure of a person is what they do when they chips are down, I.e when they are not in top, like those we label “beta males”.
Despite the relative privilege these lefty bros still have over all women in our horribly unjust society, they seek to reassure their own insecurities and claw some feeling of superiority back, by seeking to suppress women.
Left wing misogynists gain satisfaction from women’s pain and disenfranchisement, why is why they also promote the sex industry, and defend violent porn, so they can derive sadistic pleasure from seeing females subjugated, sold, enslaved, traded, choked, beaten, tied up and raped.
This is the nature of a sadist, and having been close to a couple of sadists I recognise the trait rather well.
Too many men on the Left today are weak, insecure men who prefer to suppress, silence, and bully females than stand in solidarity and fight with them against our unfair, hierarchical society.
This is the exact type of male who seems to be attracted to Corbyn’s Left, and the same type of male who seeks to paint out radical feminists as demonic entities from hell.
Our society, ruled by an extremely rigid gender caste system, has always traditionally shunned the more sensitive man, or feminine man, in order to keep the gender caste system going.
After all, you can’t have one without the other right, females must be passive and pleasing, so males must be manly and strong right?
Except not in the perverse world of the misogynistic Corbynite male. In their world, they can somehow square being anticapitalist with promoting the sex trade, the most capitalist industry there is.
Corbynites can also square being firmly against racism, while at the same time spewing vile antisemitic bile that wouldn’t sound out of place in 1930’s Germany.
The rationale in the type of perverse, sadistic mind prevalent in the Corbynite Left today seems to be that there is no rationale.
It’s an “I can because I can” attitude, even as they hypocritically rail against others who take a similar approach, such as the Trump’s of this world, whose motto surely must be “I can so I will”.
It’s an “I can because I can” attitude, even as they hypocritically rail against others who take a similar approach, such as the Trump’s of this world, whose motto surely must be “I can so I will”.
Yet they hate Trump, not because he is unpleasant, obnoxious, coarse, and often grossly racist, but mostly because he is the exact type of male that in this society we sadly view as an Alpha type, or close to an Alpha type.
He’s not of course, as in reality, if there is an Alpha male, he would be confident, and assured enough of his own personhood to have no need to bully others, whip up racial hatred, or play dogwhistle politics.
Still the Trumpian male with his bellowy tones, braggadocio, and economic success has become the model for manliness the gender caste system relies on.
Still the Trumpian male with his bellowy tones, braggadocio, and economic success has become the model for manliness the gender caste system relies on.
Would these Lefty bros hate Trump if the only thing Trump had ever done was be misogynistic to women?
Doubtful. They proclaim themselves Marxists but when it comes to the oppression of women or Jews as a class, and Marx’s own writings on the oppression of women as a class, they conveniently forget their Marxist leanings and sound off like any good old Republican or old fashioned Tory.
Even in the Tory party, it’s getting hard to find the levels of sexism, anti Semitism, and misogyny that seem to run rife throughout the Left these days.
This hatred is fanned into flames by Corbyn’s continued disregard and dismissal, of biological women and Jews, and their needs and concerns.
Marxist my arse. More like middle class spoilt over-entitled brats sore that they have never been seen as the manliest, and taking their revenge out on females for the inch of progress women have made.
Women’s progress directly threatens Lefty bro, more than it even threatens someone like Trump, as Trump at least knows, that in the fetid hotbed that is our society, perversely he is seen as somewhere near the top.
Lefty bro though desperately seeks to climb higher to the top of the patriarchal pyramid, and it is women progressing that threatens his deep seated need to feel superior.
Though of course not every male in the Left is an insecure misogynist hell bent on blocking women’s progress, and not every man who would be viewed as the beta type is a misogynist, it would be dangerous to underestimate the embittered revenge of the type of insecure male attracted to the Left today, for they are all too present in Corbyn’s Labour Party.
Corbyn does nothing to tackle misogyny, even as he espouses his 50/50 quotas for female MPs, and promises to pardon the suffragettes.
Not does he do anything to dismantle the ugly vein of anti-semitic hatred that is snaking its way through the hard left in Britain.
For this reason, I encourage all women and Jews, as a matter of conscience, to abandon Labour, and Corbyn, for he is not acting in the interests, nor from this unpromising start, do I believe he ever will.
The Labour Party have just announced that biological women who want to apply for positions in Young Labour must self-identify, or they will not be eligible for these places. On the other hand, anyone else who self-identifies as a woman, aka any biological male, will automatically be eligible for any of the “women only” positions the Labour Party previously reserved for the female sex.
The party political decision was recently announced by Dawn Butler, and is a staggering one, not least because of the implications for biological women everywhere.
The Labour Party has drawn its line in the sand, and made it clear, it is NOT a party for women, it is a party that hates their agency and wants to erode it. Now 100% of the positions within Labour are eligible to biological males. This is incredibly problematic for several reasons, not least because we all know that no matter how you identify, sex based discrimination is real.
Do we really believe that if a woman were to identify as a man, she would be treated with the same privileges? Not unless she had taken hormones and had surgery so that she resembled a biological male. Even then UK law says, she is still ineligible to inherit aristocratic titles reserved purely for the male sex.
Sex based discrimination is real, and women lose out every day because of it. With this misogynistic pronouncement, Labour are declaring they don’t care, they don’t care that it’s harder for women to gain political power, which is why positions had to be set aside for them in the first place.
What on earth is the point of reserving these positions, if they are going to open them to all anyway? And if all it takes to claim a spot reserved for women is to self-identify, are we really all so sure this policy of Labour’s won’t be abused by pernicious Men’s Right’s Activists, who would do anything to remove biological women from positions of power.
That’s right, biological women. Strangely MRA’s seem quite peachy keen on trans women. I wonder why, could it be that they hate biological women, oh I don’t know, because they are biologically female?
UK law it seems, still recognizes sex as a protected characteristic, at least for now, though UK Labour clearly do not. The party is in fact in breach of the law with this recent announcement, not least because the proposed Gender reforms that would make self-idenfication legal, have not yet been passed, nor codified into our British legal system.
The party also finds itself in flagrant breach of British law with its recent appointment of Lily Madigan, formerly Liam Madigan, to the role of Women’s Officer for Rochester and Strood. Lily is not in possession of a Gender Recognition Certificate and so is not legally a woman in the eyes of the British courts, a strange conundrum indeed because Labour’s own policy explicitly states that the position can only go to a legally recognized woman.
Yet Labour do not seem to care about breaking the law, nor about the hundreds of women who have already loudly voiced their concerns about the party’s enthusiasm for self-identification. Peculiarly though, it does appear to care rather disproportionately about the tiny proportion of transgender activists who demand access to biological women’s bathroom’s, women’s positions, women’s spaces.
Labour cares so much in fact, that Venice Allan, a gender critical feminist and Labour Party member was recently booted out of the Labour Feminist Christmas Party, because her presence was apparently making Lily Madigan feel unsafe. Yes we live in an age where anyone who does not agree with the Labour Party’s current ethos, that anyone can be a woman, that sex is not a biological reality, and the basis of women’s oppression, becomes a threat to be removed or no-platformed.
Labour, previously the party of free speech, is now in perilous danger of becoming the party of fascist totalitarianism, if it isn’t there already. And of course let’s not forget, yet another extremely sinister, but easy to overlook drawback about the party’s enthusiastic love-in with self-identification.
By forcing women to self-identify as women and by simultaneously declaring “anyone can be a woman” if they say they are, regardless of sex” Labour handily both coerce women into agreeing they embrace oppression and erase the possibility of discussing that oppression in one fell swoop.
After all how can you possibly be oppressed because of your sex if trans women are just the same as you. Aren’t Labour actually saying that sex doesn’t exist and anyone can be a woman?
And, hints Labour insidiously, how can women be oppressed? After all, look by self-identifying as a woman, they are choosing to be a woman, and who would voluntarily choose to be oppressed? No, the party’s logic goes, if women are choosing to be women, therefore they are choosing all that comes with that. It means they identify with the sex role stereotyping, the misogyny, the disbarring from public life, the harassment, the under-representation, the idea that what makes a woman is a pretty dress and a pair of heels, the list goes on …and on.
Women wake up. Resign your Labour party membership. We have tried to reason with senior Labour figures, even at the highest level, yes Jeremy Corbyn, I am talking about you too, but they haven’t listened. We have tried to broach meaningful discussion with the party’s various apparatchiks, but they have dismissed our concerns as well.
Meanwhile, the momentum machine roles misogynistically on, hell bent on erasing women’s hard won progress and collecting our subscription fees while doing it. Confident on their power, drunk on their arrogance, they count on women to propel them into number 10, where you can wager they will try and implement their brand of brocialism to the detriment of women.
I don’t care how great you think Corbyn is, or how much of a die hard left winger you have always been. The truth is plain to see, Labour hates women. If you are one, GET OUT NOW.
Boycott Labour, hit them where it hurts, in the wallet and at the ballot box. Women are a hugely powerful body politic, let’s not let ourselves be used to prop up a party that clearly has no regard for us.
This misogynistically soaked version of the Labour party needs to be taught a hard lesson. Perhaps once they have hemorrhaged enough female support, finally Labour will do what they should have done from the off, listen to women and boot out the disgusting misogynists who hate them.
Why were feminists always hated until now? We are witnessing a strange new phenomena, an age where even men seem keen to don the label feminist.
It might seem good on the surface right, like finally men have grown some empathy or something?
Just what we women always hoped for eh?
Unfortunately, this is far from the case.
Feminism used to be a dirty word, because feminism used to challenge the patriarchal system of dominance.
Now feminism has been blunted, in the guise of liberal feminism, it poses no threat to the male system of dominance over women aka patriarchy.
So of course it’s not a dirty word anymore, in fact it’s a useful word, as it conditions women into thinking they aren’t oppressed anymore because everyone, everything, is feminist now.
Now, feminism is the progressive buzz word on everyone’s lips in the West, political parties are keen to champion the cause, celebrities of both sexes regularly claim to be feminists, and the term is constantly bandied about in popular media.
You’d think, with all this apparent newfound enthusiasm for all things feminist that the centuries old system of patriarchy would be done with by now wouldn’t you?
Scratch ever so lightly the glossy surface of the utopia liberal feminism imagines every women to be living in though, and the inequities and injustices are glaringly obvious.
Once women see the truth of their own oppression through the lens of radical feminism, they can’t deny it.
Liberal feminism masks women’s oppression but because it does this, it’s extremely vulnerable to reality.
Even something as simple as asking a liberal feminist conditioned woman if she really believes she’s treated with the same respect as her male colleague, husband, or brother, can create a powerful triggering effect that forces her to confront a reality, she’s long suspected existed, but that her liberal feminist ideology forced her to suppress.
Other great questions to ask a liberal feminist or any woman who has bought into the liberal lie of equality…
Why are high acheiving women still regularly paid 20% less than their male counterparts?
Why, is there a 5.7% prosecution rate of all rape cases committed upon females in England and Wales?
Why is it a human rights violation for a biological male to be denied the right to define themselves as a woman but absolutely fine for women to be told they cannot talk about the basic facts of their biology?
And if we really are all equal now, why are women’s appearances constantly scrutinized while men’s largely left alone, no matter how they appear?
Gay men have more cultural visibility now, including feminine gay men, but where is the Butch lesbian? Where, even is the lesbian at all?
And why is it considered taboo to ask a gay man to consider a relationship with a biological woman, or a straight man to consider a relationship or sexual encounter with a male, but expected that lesbian’s at least consider accomodating biological men aka trans women in their beds?
Could it be that for all the hyperbole liberal feminism is not really feminism at all?
Could it be women still have a need, a very great need for actual feminism, radical feminism, real feminism? The kind of feminism that gives women the solution to their actual problem – male cultural domination.
Feminism used to have fangs, which was why men didn’t like it very much.
Why would they? Feminist philosophy challenged the unequal slave caste system they had built for themselves on every level.
Radical feminists dismantled the social untruths men had been peddling for centuries, such as women weren’t equipped to be engineers, mechanics, or math professors, providing men with reams of evidence to the contrary, women excelling in these and all of the other fields we’d previously been barred from entering.
We did this by raising consciousness in females, awakening them to their own oppression, and offering them a healthier alternative than the patriarchal system that limited their lives.
We did this by pressuring the patriarchal system to allow women access to opportunities, education, and jobs previously denied to us.
Thanks to the Second Wave of feminist activity in the 70’s, we forced the doors open to so many areas of life we had been previously excluded from.
We also challenged the rigid sex stereotypes that dictated women should always be feminine.
This was important and went way beyond mere superficial appearances because by first dubbing feminine inferior, then forcing women to be feminine, and dictating to us what feminine looks like, men had successfully subordinated us to the role they like women in best – servile and passive.
So we rejected the sex stereotyping that told us we must wear make up, wax the hair from our bodies, and don painful stilettos that cripple our feet and cause us injury. We did this because not all of us were feminine, some of us were masculine, and certainly none of us were feminine in the way men wanted us to be.
We redefined what the feminine actually is, which looks nothing like the patriarchal construct of femininity, and we also asserted that women can have masculine traits, behaviours, appearances, manners of speech, ways of sitting, and styles of dress, and that this is totally normal and natural.
We did this because in all our glorious diversity as females, whether we were a masculine expressing female or a feminine expressing one, we wanted to be ourselves.
Previously, before the Second Wave,only men were allowed to be themselves and we weren’t having that anymore.
We wanted to be truckers and oil rig workers, mechanics, and math professors, CEOs and bankers, we wanted to wear pants and cut our hair, we wanted to go make up free, and yes, of course some of us didn’t want those things but that was fine too.
Because not all men want to be truckers and CEOs and bankers and mechanics either. Not all men want to wear pants, some of them want to wear dresses, some of them are much more comfortable staying home and looking after the kids than holding down a 9-5 and being the main breadwinner.
That never held back the men that did want those things though. Why should it, when people are naturally diverse, why should people be limited?
Except of course, women were not considered people back before the Second Wave occurred.
And liberal feminism is working overtime to ensure any progress we have made to liberation is being eroded, indeed we are currently undergoing a big backlash against the idea that women are people in our own right.
Limiting women by enforcing the rigid sex role system ensures patriarchy can continue.
We tried to change that, and we were making progress, but then came the backlash.
We knew men would try to resist women’s newfound emancipation but I don’t think even we could anticipate the multitude of sneaky and devious ways the patriarchy would double down to cling on to an unequal status quo.
So how, after we’d made so much progress, how did society circle back on itself to the point where the idea of what a woman is, is once again all about the constructed stereotype of femininity. The woman box is narrow once again, and according to society comes with liking pink, having long hair, speaking softly, being feminine, and wearing dresses and make-up.
How did we go backward?
And how the hell did we get to the mess we’re currently in where feminism itself has been co-opted and subverted to uphold patriarchy?
Stay tuned for the next part of how the patriarchy lashed back at the Second wave gains feminists had made coming in my next blog post…and stay radical my sisters;)
Feminism is apparently 2017’s word of the year, according to dictionary site Merriam-Webster.
This year was the year we saw the #MeToo campaign, and the outpouring of account after account of incidents of sexual harassment, rape, and assault that women have suffered at the hands of men.
It might seem that finally women are feeling empowered to speak out about the injustices we suffer every day because of our sex class.
Yet, liberation is more than just a hashtag, more in fact even, than just being able to get your attacker to actually serve decent jail time.
True liberation for women will only have arrived when every woman on the planet is valued as a person fully deserving of respect, regardless of whether males approve of her existence, appearance, manner, career, ambitions, and behaviour.
At the moment, we are so far from that point as a sex class.
Yes, sex exists, it is real, and it is the core reason we are discriminated against.
If anyone, particularly a male person, tries to tell you sex does not exist, know that what they are actually attempting to do is prevent you from naming your oppression.
Our biology has, for centuries made us almost universally hated, distrusted, and derided, by men, and because of our biology we have been made second class citizens.
Because of our biology our reproductive choices have been dictated to us by men, we have been subjected to sexual assault, rape, murder, torture, and abuse, again by men, we have been barred from education, the right to vote, and from entering the professions.
And because of our biology, we have been forced to behave, look, talk, walk and dress, as male people want us to, and then dubbed inferior when we have co-operated.
When we have not co-operated we have been demonized, persecuted, medicalised, dismissed as lunatics, or downright ignored.
When brilliant women like Margaret Hamilton, the woman who wrote the code that took humanity to the moon, pop up, they are immediately written out of history.
Of course they must be. Patriarchy cannot tolerate examples of female excellence.
It’s a startling testament to the persistence of women, that Hamilton managed to achieve what she did, given the regressive misogynistic atmosphere of the 60’s, where it was much harder for a woman to get an education than it is in most Western societies today, where there were even less women in science and far less professional women in general.
Yet Hamilton comes along, a clear example of the potential and brilliance and tenacity of women, and what does the patriarchy do with her?
Does it applaud her? Praise her for her triumph despite every obstacle being pushed in her path?
No. Instead it rewarded her immense contribution to humankind by writing her out of history and giving a man the credit.
There are millions of Margaret Hamiltons, both in the past and today, women who from the start are discouraged from bettering themselves through education. Instead of educating themselves, following their passion, and nurturing healthy ambition, women are encouraged by patriarchal culture to become fashion models, strippers, prostitutes, wives, stay at home mothers, domestic servants, appearance obsessed airheads who’s only concern is to make themselves as decorative as possible so they are prime objects for male sexual desires.
Our society does love a servile woman who knows her place, I.e. beneath a man, always.
When women stick two fingers up to patriarchy and persist anyway, even when they excel in their careers, as we frequently do, we are continually undermined, under praised, harrassed, under promoted, and overlooked, simply because we belong to a sex class that male people continually want to oppress.
We are not a free people when society so freely hates and disrespects us if we refuse to adopt the servile position, an inferior station to men.
We are not free if society does not take our word for it when we say we have been assaulted, harassed, raped, beaten, tortured. And it often does not take our word for it, according to rapecrisis.org, of the 85,000 rapes committed upon women in England and Wales, in the year 2017, only 5.7 % resulted in a successful prosecution.
We are not free when we have to remove our body hair lest we be ridiculed and reviled when we walk down the street.
We are not free when we have to starve our bodies of nourishment and healthy food in order for our presence in the world to be tolerated, and for insults and slurs like “fat cow” or “pig” not to be levelled at us.
We are not free when we are sold and traded, trafficked, and used by males for their sexual pleasure.
We are not free when so many legal images and videos of us exist that depict us in degrading positions, being choked, raped, beaten, strangled, tortured, and generally denigrated.
We are not free when we reject males as sexual partners because we prefer females, and society thinks it has the right to force us to accept a penis in our bed, and if we still refuse, label us bigots.
Yes trans activists and liberal feminists I’m talking about you here.
If you are a female person who is not yet a radical feminist, you might even imagine you are free, that because you have a good job, a boss who praises you instead of criticizes you, a husband that loves you, you are lucky.
But are you free, really? How much of your life is lived as you truly would want to live it, and how many times do you do things, say things, wear things, not because you want to but because you feel you have to?
How many times have you felt afraid walking home alone at night because of the threat if male violence?
How often have you wished you could ask your partner to do his share of the chores but feel you can’t do it because it would emasculate him and he might get angry?
How many times have you lowered your voice in the presence of a man, let him talk over you, undermine you, patronize you, while the whole time you simmered quietly inside?
Would you really, truly want to shave your legs if you could be liked, loved in your natural, hairy state?
Men can. They are loved and liked by our society in all shapes and sizes, old and young, fat and skinny, balding and hirsute.
Men do not owe society the debt of being beautiful, for women the luxury of being fine however they are is not allowed.
We must be beautiful and what is considered beauty is solely defined by males.
Men do not live in fear of sexual violence, men do not feel they must lower their voices or stifle their opinions when women are present.
They have not been socialised to be servile, they have been socialised to be waited on, so they do not help out, because they have been taught that to do so is women’s work.
Why should women not be deserving of exactly the same respect as men? Why should we need to be beautiful in order to be allowed to exist? Why should we live in fear of male predatory behaviour, harassment, assault, and abuse?
Why should we have to serve men?
Even when we make ourselves beautiful we are still despised, a woman who is viewed as beautiful by patriarchal standards has no more respect, no more voice than a woman viewed as unattractive.
The only difference of course, is the beautiful woman gets the dubious reward of being even more sexually objectified. But all women, no matter how they appear, are sexually objectified, because under patriarchy we are only viewed as objects, objects that exist solely to serve men, for their sexual pleasure.
Our value is directly correlated to how sexually appealing we are to males. Every single female person who is born learns this, which is why so many of us are desperate to adopt the costume of femininity, the robes of a hairless, infantile, brainless, docile, servile, silent, passive, painted male created parody, a grotesquerie of what men want women to be.
Men do not seem to want opinionated women, strong women, women with lush full hips and natural breasts, men do not want hairy women with bushy armpits and unshaven legs, men do not want successful, brilliant, powerful women.
Most of all men seem firmly opposed to women’s true liberation, to us living as freely as men live, to us being respected as men are.
Of course men don’t want us to be free. Why would they?
They are addicted to the thrill of their superiority, outraged at the very idea of having to share the world with women on any kind of equal footing. Men are entitled to the point of gross arrogance at the very idea that we might be our own beings.
In men’s minds, women only seem to exist for men.
The reason radical (aka real) feminists are derided is because we say the exact opposite. We demand to exist only for ourselves. Patriarchy cannot bear a truly feminist woman, because she continually refuses to exist for men.
She does not need male approval, even if she is sexually attracted to men, she still does not seek their approval.
Just as men who are sexually attracted to women do not seek their approval, the radical feminist who is attracted to males sexually, does not need male approval.
If men are in her life, it will be on her terms, in a mutually respectful, healthy, relationship geared towards equal pleasure for both sexes.
The reason so many women co-operate with patriarchy, why they pluck, wax, shave, and starve, why they do not speak up, why they play dumb when males are around, why they do not display their anger, is not because women have a deep seated burning desire to be as sexually attractive as possible to as many men as they can, so they can have endless bouts of sexual gymnastics.
It’s not about sexual attraction for women. It’s about needing, desperately needing to survive. To not have the whole of society turn on you, persecute you, humiliate you, insult you, threaten you, and sometimes even, kill you.
For women, culture indoctrinates us that to survive in this culture we need to be sexually attractive to males.
Culture teaches us, we must be complicit to male desire. It tells us we must be pretty, passive, subservient, and that if we are not we will suffer a heavy penalty.
Women are killed every day, even in Britain, supposedly one of the most progressive countries on the planet for women, killed for not cooperating with patriarchy, for daring to go against their violent husband’s wishes, for standing up to men’s abuses, for refusing their sexual advances.
Women everyday in Britain, and countries all across the globe are publicly insulted for their weight, looks, appearance, and manner of dress.
Women everywhere are punished should our behaviour be deemed unacceptable, I.e. if we are anything other than passive, docile, servile, particularly if we are not passive, docile, servile to men.
It’s no coincidence the latest wave of so called progressive lefty men rush to champion the prostitute, or as they dub prostitutes, sex workers.
That’s their ideal woman, objectified, exploited, dependant on men for her source of income, hyper-feminized, there solely for male sexual use.
No wonder these so called progressive men much prefer the idea of decriminalizing prostitution, including making it completely legal for pimps and johns to buy and sell women and girls.
No wonder those men eschew the Nordic Model, which criminalizes only the sex buyers, and decriminalises the prostitute, a model that has not only been proven to increase prostituted women’s safety, but also provides them with exit strategies, education, and even financial support so they can leave the exploitative sex trade far behind.
In short, the Nordic Model is a nightmare model for men who seek to exploit women.
The last thing those men want is less women available for their sexual use. Men in general, it must be said, seem to love powerless women, and appear to hate women with agency.
Our media reflects this, we greedily consume story upon story of women as victim, or hyper-sexualized doll mmming and hawwing in fake sympathy at the rape victim, or scrutinizing Kim Kardashian’s thighs, all the while vicariously enjoying the thrill of a subjugated or sexualised woman.
And when we do see a story about a powerful woman, a political woman, a successful female scientist, as a society we feel revolted, our instinct being outrage, how dare she rise above her station?
In our culture, we love to see a powerful woman stripped of her agency, removed of her dignity, disgraced in her profession.
That will teach the uppity c**t, thinks the misogynist.
Oh, Mr Misogynist, we powerful women, we do not lie down. Not for you, so you can beat off in a grubby basement to your hate porn, not for any tom, dick, or harry down the street who thinks they have the right to grade us according to the male scale of value, according to our looks.
We do not lie down,not ever, not for the rapist who chokes us, or beats us, not even when he is penetrating us, he still cannot possess us, for we will never lie down.
We are powerful women, women the world over have this power to resist within them, and so, indeed, all women are powerful.
Women united are especially powerful.
Misogynist, you should fear this.
As a sex class, we will always rise, just like we have always risen, just as we have always resisted you. We will be free.
We will work too, to ensure our sisters are free from your clutches.
We will do this because we know that until women as a class are free, until every woman is free, none of us are free. For as long as it is acceptable for women to be culturally derided for daring to not be decorative, for as long as sexual crimes against women continue to be disregarded as low level crimes, if they are regarded as crimes at all, if you are female you are not free.
None of us can be free. Yet.
We are not free yet. We must change that, so my hope is this year, this coming 2018, every female person will awaken to her bondage. I hope women everywhere will begin to identify the many, many ways we are bound by the invisible chains of patriarchy, and I hope we will begin to break those chains that bind us.
As as radical feminist I am single minded in my desire to bring women to consciousness, to empower then to shake free of the shackles of patriarchy.
There are many like me. We cannot be silenced.
I hope every female will soon come to discover the radical position and learn how it can help to undo the misogynist conditioning that has been indoctrinated into her since birth.
We must undo the false doctrine that has taught women to live in fear and detest our own bodies, that tells us we are not beings in her own right, entitled to our own desires, thoughts and feelings but that we must only exist to please men.
No, we do not. We reject this doctrine. We exist for ourselves.
Let’s, as women, unite with other women to demand true liberation, for all women, everywhere.
It’s striking the amount of deep-rooted hatred, revulsion and disrespect our society, and the world holds towards women.
Misogyny is rife nearly everywhere you turn, from Matt Damon’s patronising and public attempt to define how women should feel about sexual harassment, to the way some trans rights activists think it’s acceptable to tell women what they should call themselves, issuing rape and death threats to biological women for daring to mention their biology.
Misogyny, aka the hatred of female born women, is at the heart of all the discrimination, harassment, rape, torture, infanticide, and slaughter of female babies, girls and women, in Britain, in America, and all across the globe.
Some people think women have come a long way, and while that may be true in certain countries in some respects, I.e women can now study at university in modern day Britain, have careers as lawyers, doctors etc… in many other crucial ways, misogyny has never disappeared and has even morphed into evermore malignant strains.
What am I talking about?
Perhaps you think it’s not possible that anything could be worse for women today than it was in say Victorian times or even medieval times?
No one would argue that in medieval times women had more freedom than today, that would be an obvious nonsense.
Medieval women had to suffer the scold’s bridle, witch trials, and were banned from getting an education and entering the professions.
But unlike modern women they didn’t have hate porn. They didn’t have pressure to be a size Zero and the subsequent skyrocketing rates of anorexia that we see in girls and women today, they didn’t have trans activists issuing them death threats for daring to state that yes, the female sex exists.
I say this not to advocate a return to medieval times, which would be frightful, but to illustrate the many and devious ways the slippery serpent that is misogyny develops, morphs, and changes – in response to women’s progress in society.
As soon as women make any kind of progress towards making their own choices, if those choices are in conflict with the ones men want women to make, you can be sure misogyny will rear its ugly head.
After all, what is hate porn but the sexualization of men’s contempt, anger, and frustration to women?
The endless videos and pictures depicting women being choked, raped, beaten, insulted, slapped, and otherwise denigrated and humiliated are regularly viewed by men in their millions.
This is material designed by males for males, created so males can derive a puerile sense of power from watching the denigration of a female human being.
Why do they need to do this, particularly now?
Why now are we seeing the influx of this stuff, why are we bombarded with wave after wave of images and videos depicting the cruel, inhumane, and nausea inducing acts that men want to do to women or at the very least, to see done to women.
Apart from the obvious answer, which is that as humanity embraces technology the creation and sharing of all sorts of materials good and bad is enabled, there is another simple, yet appalling truth to be found.
There is a clear correlation with the rise of hate porn that depicts the denigration of women and the shift that has taken place in society, where (some) women have broken free of the patriarchal home (aka kitchen) shaken off their (un) happy housewife role and begun to participate in careers and public life for themselves. More women today than ever before, at least in modern Britain, have a voice, have financial independence, choose not get married, or have children.
For some reason, seeing women make independent choices they (men) don’t want them to make, and having to interact with women on any sort of equal platform makes men itch. It makes them feel uncomfortable.
It’s not an exaggeration to say they outright resent it, I have known some men who are incensed to the point of rage just by seeing a women with power with position, with a voice.
The big reason for this is patriarchal society, a society that conditions men from birth to believe that they and only they must be the brave adventurers venturing forth into the world, they and only they should earn the money, they and only they are capable, clever, rational, logical, talented.
So when along a woman comes who is cleverer, better, smarter, more logical, more talented than they, or heck, when any woman comes along at all doing anything men have been taught only they should do, well hey presto.
Men panic. Men hate.
Men panic and hate because her very presence makes them feel less “masculine”. This is something most men desperately need to feel because culture, their culture, continually tells them they must.
By purporting the lie that males must be masculine and females feminine, and assigning superiority to the masculine and inferiority to the feminine, men ensure they must be masculine, whether they are or not, or they fail to be a man.
They’ve trapped themselves, the poor deluded fools.
In reality anyone can be masculine or feminine, regardless of sex. Boys can like baking, or wearing pink, or paint painting their nails, just because those are “feminine” things it doesn’t mean they have failed as men. Equally, girls can enjoy climbing trees, digging dirt, driving monster trucks, and shaving their heads, just because those are seen as stereotypical masculine things, it doesn’t mean they aren’t women.
Liking feminine things or being feminine in your expression, behaviour, or speech does not a woman make. Femininity is not the sole preserve of women but in patriarchy it gets forced on us because it is dubbed inferior by MEN.
So when confronted with a powerful woman, the fragile little lambs (men) are faced with a threat. They feel less of a man and need to actualise themselves back to feeling masculine quick smart.
The typical, easiest and quickest (sickest? way they have managed to get back to feeling the sense of superiority this sick, sick society tells them they should have, is by denigrating that woman, any woman, all women.
Sick, ain’t it? And to think, they’ve done all this, not only to women but also to themselves.
All because men’s need for a slave class, a subjugated people (women) is so great. So great, they don’t care even if men suffer because of it. The irony is that even though men are benefiting from patriarchy, they are also suffering from patriarchy too. Not that I much care at this point in time.
I care about women. Women did not create patriarchy, they do not benefit from it. I centre them.
And so men stubbornly continue, clinging to patriarchy, instead of just embracing people, all people, as people. People with an infinite ability to be feminine or masculine, irrespective of sex. You’d think one of these days men would, you know, do the human thing wouldn’t you?
And to think women are the ones that get blamed for everything.
Men today might well have a female doctor, a female professor, a female boss, but if they can still degrade women as a class, if they can reduce us to nothing but objects, bodies, then men can, in their own tiny minds, keep their special (aka) superior status.
None of this is women’s problem of course. They didn’t create patriarchy, they didn’t create a society that keeps pushing this unhealthy viewpoint onto males, a viewpoint which women end up inevitably bearing the brunt of.
Men did. This is what they do, this is what they will always choose to do whenever they have freewill to create whatever society they want.
This is not a hateful thing to say, it is simply the truth. It’s been centuries, millennia even now.
We can only come to the conclusion that this is what men do.
Who has had freewill to fashion the world in the way they want to for centuries? Clue, it’s not women.
The way the world is, in a patriarchy, is exactly how men want it. There are no excuses that can possibly be made on men’s behalf for the society they have created, a society that consistently despises women.
If women want a different world, there is no other choice but to take the power. Whenever they have the power, men will always make the same choices, albeit in different ways, a fact evidenced by patriarchy all over the globe. From Britain to Afghanistan, wherever men are in control, patriarchy thrives, and women receive second class status.
My plea is this, to any woman reading this, if you have not already aligned yourself with radical feminist causes, if you are not yet working to end patriarchy, to end the power men have over women, my question is why?
Don’t you deserve better? Better than being labelled a second class citizen?
If you are disheartened because you feel men will never relinquish their power you are right.
But we don’t need men to give up their power. Because we have the power to take it from them.
If you think I’m wrong, just imagine this.
If every woman on the planet said no to patriarchy, stuck two fingers up to misogyny, if every woman united in support, the way sisters can unite and have proved they can unite before, the way we have united in other struggles against injustice, do you think we would still have a patriarchy?
I think not. I know not.
If women everywhere unite in solidarity, patriarchy will be done with overnight.
It wouldn’t matter what men want or how much they resisted. Half the world’s population is more than enough to win this war. Let’s pluck misogyny out by the root and create a culture where misogyny cannot thrive, a world that nourishes and cherishes women. And after we create this world, then let’s remain ever watchful so misogyny can never grow back.
If you have a female body, don’t you want to live in a world where you can flourish? I know that world is long overdue…
Look up your local radfem group on FB, or other online spaces, and look too, for ways to reach out and connect with radical feminists in the offline world.
Let’s band together in sisterly solidarity and make a world that loves and respects women.
Anything that has the potential to topple the established social order as we know is always viewed as scary and a threat to society, at least at the outset. You can often judge how close to the mark a cause hits home by assessing how many are strongly opposed to it, hark back to the pre-civil rights area to see just how many felt threatened by people of colour gaining equal status, at least under law.
As well, women’s full, true liberation directly threatens men’s assumed superiority, jeopardizes their pleasure, dissolves their control, and shatters the natural advantage they have by sheer dint of just being born biologically male.
A society that doesn’t look down on women, or view them as inferior to men, a society run by women, or at least one where women have a dominant say, just as men do now is extremely terrifying to anyone that currently stands to benefit from the status quo.
Guess who that is?
It’s more puzzling why so many women rush to support the current social order but the matter becomes clearer when you scratch the surface. Women want male approval because they love men. They have not yet learned that men don’t like them back very much, at least not when they demand to be treated with equal respect.
This has not as much to do with actual sexual attraction as some people think it does. Often an argument given as to why women don’t support feminist causes goes thus – women want to be sexually desirable to men and dominance in women is a turn off for most men.
It’s not as simple as that.
It’s a plain fact that if we were living in a matriarchy, if we had never heard of male dominance, men would still be sexually attracted to women and the reverse would be equally as true. There is plentiful evidence of this in the matriarchal and matrilineal cultures that flourish today, including in Nagovisi, New Guinea and Umoja, Kenya.
Even a misogynist wouldn’t bother to argue that you can fight who you’re attracted to.
It’s also a near certainty that if we were living in that kind of society, it wouldn’t be a stigma at all for women to be ambitious, to be dominant, to be educated, to be aspirational.
Neither would women have the low status they do now, because in that kind of society, such viewpoints simply wouldn’t be tolerated.
Why did it wind up the other way around?
Not because of male excellence, though that’s what the misogynists would like to suggest but something else.
Violence is the one area where biological males truly excel and they have a natural advantage too, in their strength and in their size. Look back in history and you’ll generally find that the winners nearly always had stronger armies, better equipment, were more militarily skilled, or had the police or other enforcement officers of the law on their side.
This meant the winner rulers history remembers were not the best candidates for the job by a long shot, but did have the most muscle. Even as recently as 1970, women who were demanding access to institutions that had long been male bastions, were being arrested and brutalized.
Violence, or the threat of it, does pay, at least it has worked out that way for men.
This is the bottom line and the biggest reason why, for so many centuries, women have kept quiet, in fear of their lives. If you are scared witless of losing your life or your freedom, of having your children taken away from you, or of being raped or brutalized, I’d say that’s a fairly effective deterrent wouldn’t you?
Even so, there have always been brave outliers, women who would oppose and defy the system, whether overtly, as the suffragettes did, or covertly, as George Elliot did when she published under a male name and defied the strict dress code of the time by wearing pants.
However nowadays, at least in Western countries, things are a changing. It’s no longer so publicly acceptable, at least in some people’s minds, to beat a protester, or lock them up, when they have done nothing except suggest a revolutionary idea.
Women can use this to their advantage, as an effective tool to raise consciousness, though it won’t win them the war.
Because there is also now another spanner in the works and this one’s a lot more sneaky than violence. Capitalism has now harnessed the earning power of modern women, and as well as selling their bodies for profit, as it always has done, it’s now selling things for their bodies direct to them by manufacturing discontent. In a 2016 Dove survey, only 20% of UK women and girls expressed any positive feelings about their appearance.
The backlash against feminism’s gains, has been remarkably effective.
It uses several tools to control women and keep them unhappy, in their own bodies, and therefore easy to subjugate and sideline. The beauty industry and the cultural “beauty norms” it promotes are the strongest tool of the patriarchy in Western culture, now women in increasing numbers are entering the professions, and excelling in their chosen career.
The myth of the happy housewife, has been shattered, but a new, perhaps even more oppressive female stereotype has taken her place – the uber-sexualized, hyper-feminized barbie doll.
This cultural archetype is created and sustained by promoting ever narrower cultural beauty ideals, and demanding women achieve them. It is perpetuated upon women by bombarding them with media images of impossible, inhuman, retouched perfection that they can never achieve, and most effectively of all, by using society as a tool to heap ridicule, social ostracization, and humiliation on any woman who refuses to conform to the beauty norms.
I’ve written a previous blog post all about this, but the beauty, diet, and fashion industries, much as they pretend to be friends to women, are anything but.
So much so, the women they send down the catwalk are starved of all femaleness, to promote clothes made off the backs of Third World women paid a pittance for their hard labor.
Because of the humongous pressure to accept the doctrines of the beauty and fashion industries that have now seeped into society and are infecting cultural norms, women’s energy is being scattered, as they rush to escape the wrath of a society that judges them ever more harshly.
Even as direct violence against women grows somewhat less acceptable in Western culture, our society is becoming evermore superficial, and justifying its obsession with women’s bodies in the name of female empowerment. Now women are encouraged to demand their own oppression, and are primed to do the work of the beauty and fashion industries for them, by claiming, yes, women can have it all, it is possible to look like a perfect Barbie doll and have a high powered job.
But by doing so women sell their personhood, ensuring they are chained to the mandate of staying young and wrinkle free forever, lest they be cast out of society. And unknowingly, they are brainwashed into enslaving other women too, women who can never live up to this impossible standard, or have no wish to.
Women together must unite and reject the impossible cultural demands that are placed on us to fit within the narrow beauty ideal. We must too, support other women who are doing so and we must do it consistently, if we ever want personhood.
That’s just the start, there is much more to be done.
Female bodies are and have nearly always been subject to control by men, and often by other women too. As if scared of women’s power, throughout the centuries, from America to Afghanistan, society has tried to mandate how women should appear, dress, and how much flesh they should or should not display.
Whatever the standard that is deemed acceptable for the time may depend on a lot, fashion trends, religion, a country’s culture, the mood of the era, even politics. Nevertheless, there is one universal constant that women’s appearances have always remained subject to and that has remained uniform throughout the ages – male approval.
The cultural codes that underpin what we find both acceptable and unacceptable when it comes to how women look have been hardwired into us by a deeply patriarchal system.
No wonder these “beauty norms” so conveniently line up with male desires. Whatever the male objective has been in any culture at the time, whether to repress women’s sexuality in the case of Saudi Arabia, or to hyper-feminize it in our Western Society, the beauty norms of any patriarchal culture always reflect male aims for women.
When chastity, purity, and fertile looking, plump flaxen haired maidens were sought after by the men in medieval times, as a way to self-actualize themselves as brave, God fearing knights, women were pressured to conform to these ideals and display modesty, purity, and fecundity in their outward appearance and dress.
When masculinity was threatened with the newfound independence many women enjoyed during the second world war, when, despite the turmoil of the times they enjoyed previously unheard of freedoms with many earning a wage for the first time, the repressive fifties demanded female bodies return to exaggerated and un-threatening hyper-femininity with cinched waist silhouettes, and painted starlet glamour.
In Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq, where religion is a dominant force, women are forced to cover up their bodies, heads, and faces, lest they tempt men and dishonor their families.
And now, in our Western society, where opportunities for women in education and the workplace have never been so plentiful, society lashes back at women by mandating they starve themselves to the point of death to compensate for all the extra space they are seen to be demanding.
Running through it all still, and always, the overriding force remains the male gaze, which under patriarchy consistently gets to dictate cultural standards according to men’s desires.
And in the Western world, women frequently do men’s dirty work for them, enforcing and policing other women, and chastising them, lest they step out of line and dare to display an un-groomed bush or stray grey hair. In other patriarchal cultures like Saudi Arabia, women police other women too, reporting them lest their Burqa be too sheer, or too short, lest they be out in public without male accompaniment.
Of course, it’s incredibly tempting for women to do this as a survival technique, because by carrying out men’s dirty work for them, they win some small shred of male approval.
The patriarchy does like its handmaidens though it will ever respect them.
Although in countries like England and the USA, Western women are not beaten, imprisoned or publicly lashed if they do not comply with the dress code deemed acceptable by the ruling class -men- women are going along with the madness for fear of stigmatization, ridicule, body-shaming, humiliation, and exclusion from public society.
The psychic cosh is just as overwhelming as the physical one.
Although forcing appearance mandates on anyone could clearly never be right, it wouldn’t be nearly so bad if women were happy performing their prescribed “femininity role”- but the plain truth is they aren’t.
The things women do to their bodies in the name of beauty are not a choice as Liberal Feminism postures but a survival technique, that must be performed to escape ridicule, judgement, and humiliation.
The irony being or course, is that even when women do comply by performing these rituals they still cannot escape the judging eye, a woman can never be too beautiful, too perfect, too thin.
Nearly every woman feels dissatisfied with the way she looks, feels under pressure to be thinner, prettier, less hairy, more scented, to have bigger boobs, smaller boobs, a larger derriere, a smaller waist.
Assaulted by the mainstream media, who frequently shares a bed with that other bogey man, capitalist commerce, women are bombarded with all sorts of impossible and invented images of idealized women that in reality do not represent most women’s bodies at all.
The fashion industry, run by gay men and their handmaidens, who for obvious reasons, have their own personal ideals and muses, send stick thin, starved, boy-hipped models down the catwalk in overpriced garments made from sweatshop labor.
Fashion doesn’t even bother to conceal its scorn of its primary customer – women, with many prominent designers frequently refusing to make samples for the catwalk in anything above a dress size 6,and refusing to sell anything over a dress size 10.
To add insult to injury, the latest trend is to send male born models dressed as girls to walk the female catwalk shows. Models, such as the unnaturally beautiful Andreja Pejic widely praised as “looking better than the real thing” by the fashion crowd.
The real thing being biological women of course, and the message doesn’t need spelling out, the misogyny is obvious.
Yet a lot of women let this industry which is so blatantly contemptuous of them, of their sex, their bodies, their personhood, dictate to them what they should wear, and worse still, lower their self esteem when they don’t look like a prepubescent boy in it.
It’s astounding, that in this day and age, an industry whose patrons are predominantly women, does not have more female designers and is largely controlled by men, yet of the handful of women designers there are their attitudes are not much better.
Even the respected designer Stella McCartney, widely praised for her stance against cruelty to animals, and her acknowledgement of the problem of anorexia on the catwalk, still regularly sends women to walk the runways who look like they would benefit from a good feeding.
To compound the problem, stripper culture has become the new normal aesthetic as sported by celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose, and the like, and it frequently gives women both complimentary and conflicting messages to the one the fashion industry sends.
Influenced by the porn industry, stripper culture seeks to amplify women’s discomfort with their own bodies by making them think their hips are not wide enough, their backsides too flat, their breasts and lips not pumped with enough collagen or silicone.
The cosmetics industry takes a big piece of the pie, making billions every year off of the back of women’s misery, and now the cosmetic surgery wants a literal slice of the action too, carving up female bodies for profit.
Promising everything but the truth – an unnatural appearance and permanent scarring – cosmetic surgeons ply their trade in the back of the same glossy magazines whose sole reason for being is to lower women’s self-esteem enough to make them want to spend.
This fits perfectly in with male objectives, yet now it does not even need to be overseen by men as it has become such a perfectly oiled machine it can run quite well on its own account with its little worker drones, aka women, who can be made miserable enough to supply the hive with plenty of honey, or hard cash.
But make no mistake, it is men who are the main benefactors of all this female body dsymorphia, from the CEO’s of mega-conglomerate cosmetics companies, to the group of lads in the pub who eagerly ogle the next batch of painted dolls who come tottering through the doors like lambs to the slaughter.
Now women are in a double bind, named and shamed as vacuous and vain when they comply and offer their bodies up to be primped, plucked, waxed, and buffed to an unnatural shine, and decried as ugly, fat, hideous, or unnatural, when they refuse.
Men, meanwhile sit there, at the top of the pile, all too ready to discard as irrelevant any woman who does not please whatever gets their sexual juices flowing. What gets their rev up, is usually any woman that can preserve the illusion of exaggerated femininity, as it allows insecure males to feel more masculine than in reality they are.
Masculine of course is a bullshit construct comprising a set of traits that in reality, anyone can possess, but that sort of thinking is not allowed under patriarchy, as it disturbs the illusion that only “men” can be “masculine”.
This is dangerous to the status quo as masculinity is considered to be superior, while femininity has been relegated to second class status, which is why they work so hard to force women to adopt it, so they can ensure women remain – second class citizens.
Of course, this feeling masculine is almost as mandatory for males as to be feminine is for females, the difference being of course that for centuries men have willingly concocted their own prisons, while women didn’t have any choice in the matter for fear of being ostracized, shunned, beaten, imprisoned, or worse
Now though, for the first time in history, and though society much resents the fact, women do have a little more say, though by no means no complete say over their compliance in the grotesque beauty dance.
If female people united together reject the plethora of snake oil creams, sweatshop garments, and slicing and dicing, you can bet that capitalism being subject to whatever is profitable would quickly switch to offering up something else.
Perhaps it might be garments women would actually find useful, clothes that could be worn without the natural female body having to be starved of all flesh?
However, the dance is not likely to stop anytime soon because the subtle message underlying the beauty, diet, and fashion industries is the message that to not buy, i.e. comply, is to be undesirable to men.
Women, having been inculcated since birth to appear desirable and pleasing to men above all else, lose all resolve and open their purses, spending thousands each year on unnecessary creams, lotions, treatments, and surgeries, that very often do nothing to improve their appearance and even harm it.
The beauty standards dictated to women regarding what is desirable are always male standards, whether they be the waif like, boyish figures heralded by the fashion industry or the exaggerated barbie doll proportions of the porn industry.
Everything from body hair to body fat is subject to male approval. Whatever the current collective consensus of men decides is desirable, you can bet will become the standard by which women measure themselves.
When Baywatch style breasts were what nearly every man decided he wanted in his bed, hundreds of thousands of women flocked to the cosmetic surgeon in order to obtain the perfect aka fake, Pamela Anderson style physique.
Now, it’s common to find comments left on porn sites by males critiquing women’s breasts, often shaming and ridiculing fake breasts that look obviously fake while simultaneously complaining about natural breasts that are “saggy like spaniel ears” or “flat like a schoolgirl’s”.
The point is, women have never set the beauty standard for themselves, much less decried the fact that there are any standards mandating how we should look at all. Always, the lens is male, even when the viewer is female, for typically we judge women on how attractive they will be to men, no matter whether we are man or woman ourselves.
And anytime anyone dares to question why there are so many societal limitations on women’s appearances, but none for men, they are hushed up with fake reassurances that “it’s what women want” or they “wouldn’t be doing it to themselves”.
Is it what women want?
Do women want to be made to feel they are not good enough, that they are never young enough, thin enough, pretty enough?
Do they really want to feel that their natural bodies are abhorrent and repulsive, that the hair that grows on their thighs and legs is so disgusting it must be regularly stripped away?
Do they too, want to feel that as they get older, they are irrelevant, society having no use for a woman at all, once she has stopped complying with the beauty standards.
Would any sane person want this?
I think not. In fact, it’s against any natural instinct we have as humans to want to subject ourselves to such subordination, such limitation, and such control.
It might not be so bad, if men too, were forced to conform to an equally narrow set of standards that dictated how they must look how broad their shoulders must be, how muscular their thighs.
Yet no such standards really exist, and though obviously, anyone deemed to be “conventionally” attractive gets more attention, including men, males are not penalized for not being aesthetically pleasing. Instead men are free to be old, bald, fat, saggy, and grey haired, and we do not demand their removal from our screens or criticize them on social media when they are these things.
Women too once again are complicit, albeit unwillingly, as we are brainwashed into thinking our wants, our desires don’t matter. And so, women don’t demand males live up to the muscled hunk of their late night fantasies, or the butch lesbian of their dreams, but instead rush to placate male egos by pretending that an old, fat, bald man is just as desirable as as handsome, chisel jawed heartthrob.
And all the while, women are being silently robbed of something arguably even more precious than self-respect – time – with grooming rituals that force them to spend endless hours plucking, tweezing,..