"I just wish that a few of her critics had approached the book in a more fair way, and hadn’t gone after her the same way that we’d go after some anti-feminist right-winger."
Well, BA has plenty to say about -that,- and, once again, just fucking read it;
but I'm going to take it and go in a slightly different, if related, direction, because it helped me crystallize something that started to form while I was reading and responding at Ilyka's (also two excellent posts, you should go there too).
the same way that we’d go after some anti-feminist right-winger.
You know something? That right there. That is part of the problem, too.
-We're not the bad guys. We KNOW who the bad guys are, they are over THERE, stop stop you're making it all confusing and uncomfortable-...
Hey, here's a wacky notion: maybe that terrific sport of -going after-? Of, not even really so much -getting angry,- or -critique,- but rather of
TEAM! TEEEAAAAAAMMMMM! CURSE them and CRUSH them and...
If it makes you that uncomfortable to be on the other end of it? Maybe time to rethink that one a little bit. I mean, just a -little- bit.
Because, you know what? This isn't just this dustup. This isn't even just about -white privilege- or -class privilege-, much less y'know "yer just jellus" and so on and blahblee and yadda. There's a hint to be had, there.
Actually, this is rancid yellow trickle-down from the top echelons of the Democratic Party, the movers, the shakers: -ohh, right, we kept losing because we weren't toughnmean enough-. United We Stand! Now let's get in there and WIN! the Winner Takes It All, so let's all win together!--you there, in the back, -sit down- and stop causing a scene, can't you see you're ruining it for everyone? We'll -get- to you. Later. After we've dealt with the -important shit,- we can get to your -pet issues.-
You keep -losing-, (even when you "win"), because you forget the basic supposed -principles.-
Which are, last I checked, yer basic Enlightenment principles, more or less: -liberty, equality, fraternity.-
"Sisterhood is powerful," yeah okay.
Which means, what, exactly?
Well, it -might- mean representative democracy. In which case it is incumbent upon the person who is -representing-, to fucking -represent,- or else the incumbent will have to answer to an increasingly irate People. In theory.
And--you know something, that actually goes for more than just elected politicians.
Alternately, we could scrap that, at least for the purposes of you know -building a movement-, go outside the electoral process or try to change it, you know, -direct democracy,- or...anyway, -something.- Something a little more -by the people of the people for the people,- don'tcha know. Something...grassroots.
Which, if we're gonna do -that,- that's gonna take a real serious shitload of work, because it's gonna mean overhauling a lot of our rather basic assumptions.
As well as our approach to power.
Now, some of us do want this more -radical- transformation of society; and some of us would be more content to use the more established channels, fix what's broke, adopt adapt and improve.
And you know what, that could work too, maybe.
But, if you're gonna go -that- way, again, well, as the late great Molly Ivins put it,
"You've got to dance with the people that brung you."
How quickly we forget.
So instead, we whine about how the Gatekeepers are Keeping Us Out.
And most of the time, we can whine amongst ourselves, and it's all just grand;
but every so often, it becomes Election Time;
and when we go to the funny little ants we vaguely remember as "people" and appeal to their great sense of TEAM, now that it's all IMPORTANT;
well, chances are, we might just get the response,
"whaddya mean WE, white man/woman/continue on down as needed?"
Shock! Horror! o no no nonono, WE -can't- be gateKEEPERS, -we- are gate CRASHERS. FIGHT THE POWER! UP THE ESTABLISHMENT! Which isn't us! Not even a little bit!
...Says our end of the Beltway to the blogosphere; says Kos and firedoglake to the rest of the blogosphere;, says the "B list" to everyone but Kos and firedoglake and the rest of that little group; sez the Big Feminist Blogs to the WOC; say the radical/cultural feminists to the transfolk, say say say say say say say say; and say, where does it fucking end?
Remind me again: what is it "we" are trying to accomplish, here?
And: who are "we," again?