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16 “leading feminists” you’ve never heard of say we need more women’s “voices” or whatever

January 7, 2015

A slow news day at the Washington Post:

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Bonus: line drawings supporting the stereotype that feminists are ugly sourpusses
In 2014, modern feminism faced more scrutiny than ever before. But women writers and activists could not be silenced. In discussions about campus sexual assault, street and online harassment and race, women dominated the streets and the Twittersphere. From the creators of #BlackLivesMatter to a MacArthur genius fighting for women’s labor rights, we asked 16 of the year’s most influential voices for what they hope to accomplish in 2015.

Janet Mock, 31 | ‘Redefining Realness’ author and MSNBC’s ‘So Popular’ host| @JanetMock

My hope is that feminist, racial justice, reproductive rights and LGBT movements build a coalition that centers on the lives of women who lead intersectional lives and too often fall in between the cracks of these narrow mission statements.

Lux Alptraum, 32 | BinderCon co-founder | @luxalptraum

I’d love to see publications make a greater effort to include the voices of women, gender non-conforming people, and people of color – and put programs and policies in place that will help to level the playing field.

Want to read on about the other 14? Neither did I.

Confession: I had heard of one of these women, Feminista Jones. I was Skyped into a daytime TV interview with her a few months ago. It was about whether it’s “society”‘s fault that men prefer slender women–or something.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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5 Comments
  1. PatrickH permalink

    Was it you, Charlotte, who said that when feminists want to blame men for something, they blame men, but when they want to blame women for something, they blame “society”?

    • That’s interesting. But feminists sometimes blame “society” when blaming men as well – I think with the goal of convincing men that they need feminism, and that patriarchy hurts men too.

      • Lastango permalink

        Quite so, Emma. While some feminists are waging war against men, other feminists are waging peace against men. For a variety of reasons, feminists have discovered they need the help of men in order to achieve further advances of feminist hegemony. So it has now become common to see feminist outreach accompanied by superficially conciliatory posturing, repackaging, and a calculated, tongue-biting shift away from 40 years of demonizing men.

        One such rhetorical ploy involves moving away from terms like “patriarchy”, which implicitly blames men, to what you point out: blaming larger societal structures that “hurt us all”. This allows feminists to claim common interests with men, and call for everyone to work together. Feminists hope to lure men into feminist ideological space, where they will agree to be remade into New Men who think weakness is strength. A whole new feminist language is emerging, with terms like “love”, “resilience”, and “respect” being coined to maneuver men into being complicit in their own disenfranchisement and exploitation.

  2. Alas, it wasn’t I–but I wish I HAD said it!

  3. C B permalink

    Is “Alptraum” her real name? Cuz…that’s actually German for “nightmare”

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