Why do people do such horrible things to each other? When will people stop fighting? When will the threat of terrorism no longer exist?
I see the laments every time a terrorist attack happens in a Western nation, and my own response is–why are these the questions we ask?
What follows isn’t criticism, it isn’t an argument, it’s just a reflection. It’s just another way to ask why.
(Would love to credit this properly.)
*Disclaimer: These are my personal views not a philosophical argument or theory. This part is mostly snark.*
Let’s just get this out the way right now. Am I a feminist? You’re damn fucking right I’m a feminist.
Probably the only thing Beyonce and I have in common. Source: mtv.com
I absolutely without a doubt in my mind believe that within our particular social-historical-political-economic context that persons should not be denied social, legal, political, and economic rights because they happen to have two x chromosomes (or an extra y, or an extra x and a y, etc.) instead of an x and a y (and all the other factors that determine biological sex).
Sure there are biological differences between male-bodied people and female-bodied people and intersex-bodied people. But this is a spectrum, and none of these differences give one a “natural” advantage over another even in, say, a survival situation. We somehow have been convinced that the narrative “brute strength = better survival = designed to protect = better leader = superior person” (and that pregnancy is somehow a weakness), when survival actually depends entirely on what you are up against.
The advantages men have socially speaking are also just narratives that have been arbitrarily determined. We could live in a world where we value the stereotypical feminine traits more than we value the stereotypical masculine ones. We could revere kind, generous people instead of aggressive, greedy people. But, well, we don’t. And my point in Part 1 is that we can’t flip a switch and make it so.
So why be a feminist?