I couldn’t help but notice you posted a very public Facebook status that sarcastically criticized a marginalized group of people. I couldn’t quite look away when you said that people advocating for their own rights was called “jumping the advocacy shark.” And I certainly couldn’t walk away when you continued to denounce a civil rights movement to which you do not belong.
No feminist ever said that men know better to determine what women need. That’s outrageous to a feminist. But here’s the thing…if you say that “you,” as a woman (mother, grandmother, etc), know what’s best for a group to which you do not belong (even if your own flesh and blood belongs to that group), you have played the part of oppressor – like the sexist who knows what’s “best” for you. You don’t get to decide who is worthy of human rights. That’s what sexists do.
“Women will never be
treated equally as long as
other groups are oppressed.”
- is not about burning your bra.
- is not about refusing to shave your legs or wear makeup
- is not about encouraging women to be pro-abortion
- is not about ruling over man
- is about autonomy and equality
is about leaving decisions about our own bodies up to the individual
- is about equal rights for all people, not just women
having the same rights as the most privileged group