My name is Tori, and I am a radical feminist. Most of the time when I say this, it warrants a pretty extreme reaction. You’re a professional victim. “But women are equal to men”.
“Oh my God man hater”
I’ve heard all sorts of different things about radical feminism. But the thing is – most of the information that is being spread about our movement isn’t coming from us or from people who have ever actually even interacted with us. Feminism is a term used to refer to the women’s rights movement. The common definition that I hear is the dictionary definition – that feminism is the advocacy for women’s rights based on the equality of the sexes. This is commonly followed by the question: “But wait – isn’t that an egalitarian?” This definition oversimplifies our movement, but more importantly it brings up a few things that we need to consider: 1. Why is it feminism called egalitarianism? 2. What defines equality? And 3. Why aren’t women and men seen as equal? Keep these questions in mind because I’m going to come back to them later. Feminism refers to the entirety of the movement that advocates for women’s rights. One thing that I think is an important thing to remember when examining the feminist movement is that the word “feminist” is not a collective term that can describe all the branches of feminism, as we all have our own different beliefs. The first wave of feminism consisted of the suffragettes these women fought for their right to vote, which is granted to them with the ratification of the 19th amendment on June 4th, 1919. The problem with this movement, though, is that it was based around white, straight, middle-class women. So around the mid 1960s, the second wave of feminism began. The women of this movement were considered radical feminists – “radical” meaning from the roots. These women examined the reasons behind their oppression, they dared to ask why. They criticized our Society’s patriarchal roots. They sought to liberate women from men, they wanted to free women from the indoctrination forced onto them by society’s standard of masculinity. This movement gave many women a chance to have a voice – especially women of color. But in an era dominated by so many different voices fighting for so many rights, radical feminists quickly became marginalized. Radical feminism’s highly collectivist ideology was criticized by those who feared that they would lose their individual freedom. Liberal feminists work diligently to integrate women into our society socially, politically and economically in their fight for equality.
The third wave of feminism, or modern feminism, gave way to intersectional feminism, which focuses on a concept of intersectionality. Intersectionality describes the connections between race, class and gender, and how they relate to discrimination and disadvantages faced by individuals or groups of people. I am a radical feminist, so going back to the question from earlier – “Why isn’t feminism called egalitarianism?” That’s because feminism advocates for women’s rights and deals with women’s issues. As a radical feminist, I fight for the liberation of women. Number two, “what is defined as equality?” Equality would mean that men and women are the same, but we are not, we are different We have individual needs. Our Society’s culture is male-dominated. I don’t want my individuality and freedom to be defined according to a male standard. We are not the other. Women are more than just not men. We are women and we demand liberation. Number three, “why aren’t women and men seen as equal?” A patriarchy is a society in which traditionally the man is the head of the household. the patriarchy sets the standard of masculinity and forces femininity onto women. In America the combination of the free market and the Patriarchy allows women to be exploited and objectified. I Am a radical feminist and I stand against pornography, prostitution, rape culture and the fetishization of women’s suffering. And lastly, I am a gender abolitionist .For more insight on how sexual liberalism damaged the feminist movement, I Suggest that you read “liberalism and the death of feminism” by Catherine Mackinnon. If you like this video please subscribe and share the word. Stay critical