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Maybe now is the time to tell you that I’ve been having some serious doubts about my place in Internet Feminism. Not my involvement in Internet; that, no doubt, will go on. Because what else am I going to do with my time? But there are problems, I think, with the terms of the conversation I’ve set up here; there are problems with my own place within that conversation, the person I’ve agreed to be when I talk to you. That outraged, righteous, upright, know-it-all person who has compassion for all the right people and scorn for all the wrong ones, who’s on the right side (your side) of all the issues: I think she’s dangerous, and I think she’s at least partially false. The falseness is the root of the danger; [the] problem with Internet Feminism, or any politics of identity, any system that purports to help you get your life and problems understood better, is when it sets up a too-easy, pre-packaged narrative for your own life. When it gives you the language, the rules for engaging and discussing, but doesn’t help you to look with any greater or more dangerous honesty at what you’re thinking, or how you’re acting, or who you are.
-- Sady

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ETA, from later in the post:
I mean: This is basically how every terrible thing in the history of humanity has started, the decision that there’s an Us and a Them and the former is good and the latter is bad. Doing it in the name of lofty principles doesn’t mean you’re not doing it; it just means that when the problems — the self-falsification, the repression, the insistence on ideological purity rather than self-examination or originality or thought — creep up on you, you’re less likely to notice them and more likely to rationalize them. Because your aims really and truly are good.

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Date: 2010-06-23 08:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kaninchen
Yeah I stopped identifying as feminist a few years back after noting feminism wasn't particularly interested in identifying with me. I'm going with 'woman-focussed social justice activist' these days. It's a bit of a handful but does address what I want to do rather than who I want to hang with.

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Date: 2010-06-23 08:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kaninchen
If an identity doesn't fit it doesn't fit. There are plenty of reasons 'feminist' wouldn't fit: it carries a number of rather privileged connotations that a goodly number of feminists don't care to address. It centres as universal an experience many women don't share.

There are folk who identify as trans* feminist, rejecting the transphobic (and other privileged) aspects of feminism while still identifying with what they perceive as valuable within the identity. It's not for me, but I wanted to put it out there in case it was helpful. :)


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