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Feminists have the uncomfortable position


Of feeling a lot of "I told you so"--if not saying it.

All the arguments, here and elsewhere about patriarchy, rape culture, what it means to walk through life as a female-who in many instances is not regarded as fully human, especially when it comes to women of color. From the dismissing of terms such as "yellow fever" to the animalistic portrayals of the black female body.

To the disingenuous defense of certain words when used against women (I'm not talking censorship, I'm talking meaning) in the context of a hostile culture.

Arguments about what pornagraphy and prostitution mean, in terms of outcome--putting aside all bullshit "morality" arguments--these are situations that objectify the female body, and subjugate it to restricted economic agency.

We had warnings--4Chan, MRA's, white supremacists assholes--all that seemingly rotten structure in the backwash of the internet suddenly now has integral structure.

Has the female body ever had independent agency? Our rights have been under fire my entire life. It should come as no surprise that there are those who want to keep those rights as a salable bargaining chip. All things female are for sale in our culture.

Feminists have the uncomfortable position

Of feeling a lot of "I told you so"--if not saying it.

All the arguments, here and elsewhere about patriarchy, rape culture, what it means to walk through life as a female-who in many instances is not regarded as fully human, especially when it comes to women of color. From the dismissing of terms such as "yellow fever" to the animalistic portrayals of the black female body.

To the disingenuous defense of certain words when used against women (I'm not talking censorship, I'm talking meaning) in the context of a hostile culture.

Arguments about what pornagraphy and prostitution mean, in terms of outcome--putting aside all bullshit "morality" arguments--these are situations that objectify the female body, and subjugate it to restricted economic agency.

We had warnings--4Chan, MRA's, white supremacists assholes--all that seemingly rotten structure in the backwash of the internet suddenly now has integral structure.

Has the female body ever had independent agency? Our rights have been under fire my entire life. It should come as no surprise that there are those who want to keep those rights as a salable bargaining chip. All things female are for sale in our culture.

I am always surprised which category I get stuck in

During Bush years, it was "radical feminist". Now I am apparently the "status quo", and if I am not part of the actual west coast--Seattle in my case--elite, I support their agenda--or something.

So my story is this: raised by unstable working class racists uncomfortable with my home situation to put it mildly, I hit the street as a teenager, I have been homeless, hungry, dirty and addicted. I've been on welfare and food stamps, lived in housing projects. I managed to clean up, go to school and get my nursing degree. My beloved husband is on disability because of multiple sclerosis.

So what, I ask, makes me "elite"? Because I have an aversion to bullshit? Because I am literate and try to research to find truth? Because I care deeply about my fellow human beings? Because I abhor bigotry, and I know the open secret of white people like me is I have to guard against it, because it is part and parcel of whiteness? Because I believe women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights?

I love people who think, who don't get stuck because of bigotry they are too frightened too root out. Those are my peeps. Is it my fault they are all liberals and Democrats? Hell no it's not.
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