I actually don’t think we should shit on young women like Shailene Woodley for saying they aren’t feminists.
It’s not her fault that she’s be taught the ‘wrong’ definition of that word. It’s not her fault that she thinks it’s socially dangerous to call herself a…
As excellently insightful as I believe this is for sure, allow me to point something out really quick…
"And think. If that’s what Shailene’s image of feminism is…where has she been learning about feminism and sexism? Probably from a lot of sexist ass dudes and a ton of women who have internalized basic-ass gender norms. People have taught her to be afraid of that word. Have some sympathy. She’s a kid.”
Interesting- that comes across as (*wait for it) a little bit sexist. Just like racism, sexism is like any coin- double sided. You did not of course limit your finger-pointing to sexist men, and did include women as well to be at fault, however it would do well to remember not to make things sound so anti-one way or another and seem hateful and contemptuous, thereby lessening an argument. Also to note, there is no such thing as “reverse-race/sexism” as some people like to say or have coined- there is only the actual thing.
I do not disagree that there have been plenty of race and sex related comments in the past and present, or unfair inequalities, or any other nearly infinite number of atrocities or heinous grievances and miscarriages of justice. However, I believe it unfair to “fight fire with fire” and resort to generalizations and combativeness.
Although there is a strong probability that hardly anyone will see this as I do not take to the ranks of Tumblr as often as I should, I hope the sentiment here makes sense and is recognized. I agree things must be done, as with several issues present today, however we must find ways to do them that do not undermine our own lofty goals during projects.
Let us not use noble yet utterly misguided intentions as Malcolm X did in his quest to stop racism, but instead look to such greats as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr and love our brothers and sisters, even as we attempt to convert them to our ways of thinking. Only together can we stop sexism and racism and genocide and religious fanaticism and zealotry and all of the other major issues facing our societies, however hard that may be to do.
Unification is key, and although it may seem highly improbable at most times, nothing is impossible- the Law of Infinite Possibility sees to that. Good day gents and madams, if I may take my leave.