my free time I surf the web,
and lately I've been coming
across different brands of feminism;
such as "Marxist feminism, moderate
feminism, individualist feminism."
I was wondering if you find
any "type" of feminism more
valid than others.
I don't think there should be
any "types" in feminism, as
the purpose of it is to unite
women rather than divide us
through categorizing. At the
same time, however, I realize
that not all feminists can and
even should have the exact same
beliefs, as we are all individuals.
But I have a difficult time
understanding groups such as
the "pro-life feminists" (how
can one be pro-woman but don't
think we should own our own
bodies?) and feminists who are
antigun-control (I thought feminism
was about dissolving violence.)
What is your take on all this?
Is it possible for people to
be true feminists and have such
incongruent social beliefs?
like you, think that there is
only one "type" of feminist--that
is someone who supports the
full social, political equality
of all people and who lives
their life accordingly. However,
I think that they are many ways
to express your feminism and
many ways to pursue feminism,
but this is about approach not
definition. I understand why
people feel the need to qualify
their feminism -- i.e. radical,
Marxist, etc., but I don't buy
for pro-life feminists -- it's
an oxymoron. The entire purpose
of feminism is to open up choices
to women and to ensure that
individual women can makes choices,
therefore a group of people
who are opposing women's choices
aren't really feminists to me.
It's not so much what choice
women make, but the power to
make a choice. I hope that helps
-- if only everyone else thought
like we did.