Feminism is for EVERYONE! But not really…
So the huffington post has yet again written another cutesy article about women ‘teaching’ men about what true feminism is, lifting the stigma, blah blah blah…they say it is about equality for all regardless of skin, gender and blah. Apparently dictionary.com and wikipedia disagree.
Feminism may indeed lend itself to the causes of others but first and foremost feminism prioritizes the needs and rights of women. That is not the advancement of equality for everyone, even if the intent is there.
Now…I don’t believe that feminism threatens the rights of men or any other group, however, I do believe it is a fundamentally outdated, disorganized, and even harmful series of confused ideologies in countries where women have secured nearly full equality.
When I say harmful, again I do not mean it threatens rights so much as it derails discussions, debate, and reasonable critiques of both itself and the ideologies it chooses to align itself with. Feminists have the reputation they have today for a reason and it is not because Americans in 2015 hate the idea of women being equal.
People fighting for social justice in America have the luxury of both the social support and institutions that allow them to fight simultaneously on all fronts and for all people where rights are concerned. This is not Saudi Arabia where a narrow focus on one very large and highly disenfranchised group can be justified due to the overwhelming deluge of oppressive policies that structure their lives. Indeed, North Americans all have the ability to broach the topic of rights in general and for all, regardless of characteristic.
It is entirely unnecessary to call that movement feminism because it doesn’t prioritize or even originate from women, nor does it accurately describe the focus of such a movement. The very fact that feminists now claim they fight for everyone’s rights only proves how absolutely redundant their movement has become in this country.
It is my opinion that these people would be better identified as Humanists if they truly believe in advancing the rights of all and fighting oppression globally. If you don’t like that, then just call yourself a human rights advocate or activist. One fellow in the article actually mentions Humanism.
Critiques of using this term (Humanist) claim it does not have the same ‘human rights implications’ as feminism but this is fallacious since the crux of Humanism is the criticism of bad ideas and few ideas are objectively worse than bigotry. More than that, feminism has become increasingly dogmatic, a trait Humanism is less likely to foster since it is at its core anti-dogmatism.
One article makes this fatuous comparison to medicine, claiming it is okay to have specific branches of medicine with narrow focuses so hey, why not feminism too? This is so facile I can hardly begin. But here we go…the difference is that people in America CAN focus on bigotry in general because there is no fundamental difference between sexism, racism, or homophobia. We can be outraged by and deal with all at the same time in this country…
…oncology to medicine (the example) is not like feminism to human rights for the simple reason that oncology addresses a concrete problem which necessitates specialized education to resolve it. Feminism addresses abstractions and does not objectively necessitate singular and focused study and a degree. If that doesn’t prove it I’ll give one example.
Few human beings could be a licensed/qualified neurologist, dentist, oceanographer, and geologist at the same time. But everyone could be a Muslim, feminist, socialist animal right’s activist if they were so inclined. This is the difference between ideologies and skill-sets ladies and gentlemen and the difference between the concrete and the abstract.
It is true that Humanism is pretty general though the difference has to do with their cores. Humanism’s core is the embrace of human reason and rejection of objectively identified bosh, including religion. Feminism’s core prioritizes one group over others and further embraces cultures and all their faults outright on the silly presumption of cultural relativism – even when these faults are diametrically opposed to human rights.
Feminism in countries like America is a redundant idea. Let’s move on folks.