the previous post, I mean: as I also said over at BL's, in response to this question of whether it's time to "take a break" from feminism (you need to read the whole article and the piece to do it justice, trust me), I sez:
Here’s my thing. As someone else I forget where was saying: “feminist” was just one of those things I figured, of course I’m one, what reasonable person wouldn’t be?
After these past few months, I seem to be picking up the message from some fronts that feminism is not, in fact, the radical notion that women are people; it is the People’s Notion of Wimmin Radikals.
some people seem terribly terribly invested in spreading this meme. not many; but it doesn’t *take* many.
personally, I’m not for letting the fuckers appropriate that.
but if they succeed, I gotta say I’ma be hard put to blame Rush Limbaugh and his ilk exclusively for the demise of feminism.
it’s not much use blaming a distorting stereotype when you ARE a distorting stereotype.
anyway in terms of theory, in this regard at least, I’ve always been more drawn to queer studies. I’m probably down with a broader integrative movement really reassessing gender and sexuality and sex. so for me, feminism’s inevitably a key part of that; but it’s also inextricably linked with gay rights and trans activism and sex pos and sexual abuse studies/activism and gender/body policing studies/activism, and a serious look at ways to overhaul the toxic aspects of “masculinity” in this culture; so, yes, working with men would be a good idea too, yes. not just as allies but for their own sakes.
call it what you will.
all I know is: if people don’t like it, they are cordially invited to suck my tampon.