At the end of the day, if you’re opposed to sexism — if you believe men and women should be equal, that the gender system is unjust, that our freedoms, both legal and cultural, should not be dependent on our genitals, chromosomes, or our gender presentation, that every person has a sovereign right to reproductive justice — then you’re a feminist in my book, regardless of how you choose to use or not use make-up and handcuffs.
I think this is a little loose in practice, because it’s easy for people to say they oppose sexism, think the sexes should be equal, etc — but at the same time oppose all substantive steps that could be taken to fight for gender justice.
Daran asked if he and his
cohorts colleagues at “Feminist Critics” are feminists by this definition. Daisy responded in part:
Feminism is a movement. I think it’s self-evident that someone who is fundamentally opposed to a movement and who is working to end it cannot be a part of that movement. One can be highly critical of the movement and/or its actions and/or its members, but as soon as one is actually working against the movement or working to end it, one is obviously no longer a member of that movement, regardless on one’s opinions about the movement’s stated ideals.
Which is very apt, and probably answers my criticism above.
Of course, Daisy didn’t directly answer Daran’s question, but that’s because it’s unanswerable. There is no official roll of who is or isn’t a feminist; there’s only different people’s subjective opinions. If Daran, or Christina Hoff Sommers, or Sarah Palin, or whoever, thinks of themselves as feminists, then that’s fine — it’s a free country. (Freeish, anyhow.) But that doesn’t mean I have to believe they’re feminists.
(And, needless to say, there are plenty of feminists who don’t consider me any sort of feminist. Which is also fine.)