While feminism, along with humanity,
is evolving constantly, I feel
that there are aspects of our
movement that counteract the
ultimate goal of our revolutionary
work. I am specifically
speaking of women-only/safe
spaces that have proliferated
throughout the country recently.
with perhaps the most prevalent
and well-known, the Michigan
Women's Music Festival, and
moving to more "grass roots"
periodicals and organizations,
women-only spaces continue to
intentionally segregate the
sexes on the basis of safety,
politics and various other reasons.
This frightens me.
Why do feminists, or groups
of feminists, corrupt the entire
concept of a "feminist
revolution" by excluding
almost half of the world's population.
My question can also include
transgendered persons, who are
repeatedly left on the periphery
of "safe/women-only spaces".
It's terribly frustrating.
If I can't take my male friends
to places such as a Women's
Salon discussing Sexual Harassment...something
that their counterparts participate
in on a regular basis...and
show them the error in their
ways and the negative ways it
makes women feel, then how will
we ever proactively seek to
end such discrimination and
How is being exclusionary effective?
And how can we seek to educate
the young feminists in our movement
to recognize that men are not
the "evil ones" but
rather a potential advocate
of the women's movement?
Women may be socialized to think
that their greatest adversaries
are other women, but that is
not always or necessarily the
case. How can feminism
include EVERYONE if it doesn't
allow EVERYONE to participate?
Enough group therapy...I'm calling
for a revolution!
I total agree with you. I get
many emails from young women
asking about "male bashing,"
etc... And while I think most
people come to understand it
as a myth -- it is a prevalent
one and one that takes some
time to reverse. I actually
think that the entire point
of feminism is to liberate us
from being either male or female
or being dependent on the characteristics
associated with both.
I think that feminism is working
toward having us be recognized
as unique individuals and for
valuing these qualities irrespective
of our genders. I think that our dependence
on gender traits has been learned
and can easily -- though time
consuming -- to unlearn. And
I also believe that feminism
has to take some responsibility
for this false impression.
Historically, feminism did require
women only spaces, but we have
realized that individual men
are the problem, just as individual
women are, but not men as group.
Our initial response to men
was that they should be included
in feminism for the sake of
their wives, lovers, daughters,
etc.... Today, however, we realize
that it's for their own lives
that they need to be involved.
Hopefully more people will think