This evening, as I watch the number of signatories rise on the counter petition I wrote to support Meghan Murphy, I have hope things are changing. Currenly, there are1
almost OVER 1000 signatures from all over the world. I’m very hopeful.
Gail Dines, who is critical of pornography like Murphy, calls the new breed of feminism the 4th wave. It’s a creative way to get people to think of the future. This new wave has its roots firmly planted in the feminist movements of the 60’s through the 70’s. This feminism isn’t compromising to patriarchy or capitalism, the two intertwining systems that oppress women daily.
It’s very odd that neoliberals, who are so concerned with things like ageism, are using that precise slur to denigrate her.
Sorry. The 1970s called. They want their feminism back. #dropMM
— mister meaner (@kwetoday) May 2, 2015
Let me make myself perfectly clear. When I say women I have a very specific definition in mind. It’s the definition that’s lasted a long time. A woman is a biological female. Feminism aims to liberate all women, not a few, not this group or that group, but all of us.
Corporate, neoliberal feminism is rooted in rhetoric devoid of any critical analysis of the wider societal systems that affect us. It employs words like ‘choice’ and ‘agency’ that are totally meaningless without context. Women don’t make choices in a vacuum. Women make what some have called constrained choices, but I digress. Is it really choice for an aboriginal teen to become a prostitute when she has no land due to colonialist practices? When she’s come to the city in poverty and lack of opportunity? Neoliberals erase her oppression by mindlessly shouting ‘choice!’ or ‘agency!’ at everything people do, even if it’s based in oppression.
For the record, Murphy’s analysis of prostitution, pornography, and sexual objectification aren’t brand new and even if they were, who cares?. These criticisms have been around for decades. They’ve been passed down like fragile heirlooms from our mothers, grandmothers, and aunts. They are the source for this new 4th wave that gives no quarter to corporatism and male supremacy.
Feminism isn’t supposed to make men, corporations, and patriarchy happy. In my personal opinion, that’s how I know I’m doing it right. Every day when I wake up and go online and I see the men’s rights backlash, this becomes more and more apparent. These days the neoliberals and men’s rights activists are indistinguishable.
I wasn’t surprised that a bunch of neoliberals got together to make a petition to get a woman fired whilst simultaneously calling themselves ‘feminists.’ This fascist reaction isn’t new. Women who dare to voice a critical opinion of the sex industry are immediately labeled ‘anti-sex’ and personally attacked with complete indifference.
Being critical of industries is by no means bigotry or racism, as they’ve accused Murphy. The petition against her is chock full of offensive terms. None of them are defined and no quotes aside one, badly taken out of context, are given.
It’s not very feminist to get a woman fired in an economy where women are struggling. Hell, all I have is my words and generous donors that help me live month to month. Feminist writers are the ones that usually scrape the bottom of the change purses at the end of every week. What kind of feminist fails to see this larger picture?
Let’s also get at the underlying issue here. It’s fucking fascist to behave like this.
I’m an Italian Jewish immigrant to Canada. Some of my relatives died at Auschwitz. The lessons of the Shoah permeate my life, more than most. When I see this fascist behaviour counterpointed with rhetoric like ‘agency’ and ‘choice’ and ‘freedom’ my stomach wrinkles up in a knot. Who the hell do you people think you are? I’ll say no more on this as the historical point is well made.
Criticisms of neoliberal ‘feminism’ aren’t new. Many feminists have written about it. All you have to do is a simple Google search and you’ll find reams of pieces. The problem is, neoliberals are too damn lazy. They’re infatuated with images and slogans, the easy sell. Scream ‘bigot’ enough times and people are bound to believe it. It doesn’t matter that there’s no critical approach. Just yell it really loud and get a whole bunch of other people to do it too. It’s sorta like corporate advertising in a way.
I think neoliberalism tries to sell a fantasy. Women can be instantly liberated if they call what they do a ‘choice.’ It has no anchor, no consciousness of the reality we live in.
They’ve even created a Twitter hashtag campaign whereby they’re trying to sell a slogan to the masses. Twitter is the perfect place for it since you can’t really analyze worth shit on Twitter. It’s the perfect place for them. Even the men’s rightsers have joined in, a perfect couple in their quest to burn the witch.
While these fascists are busy selling their utopia online with ‘terf’, ‘bigot’, ‘racist’ and ‘transphobe, feminism will still maintain its age old premise: to liberate all women from oppression.
There’s no fantasy about it.
Please sign my counter petition.
I posted an update on the petition that I’ll reprint here:
May 3, 2015 — We’re well on our way to 2000 signatures. Thank you so much.
This ain’t over by a long shot.
This is my first petition ever. I run a blog called Mancheeze if you’re interested.
I am a radical feminist that critiques the current backlash. Men’s rights activists are my main target for critique but also neoliberalism and transpolitics.
I’m very happy to see the myriad of women, and yes men too, who have taken 3 minutes out of their day and signed. This no-platforming, firing and harassment of women is rampant in our current society.
I want that to change. I yearn for that to change.
Remember, there are more women that are being silenced as I type this. There are women all over the world who are being married against their will, forbidden from accessing reproductive services and products, forbidden to drive, raped, beaten, prostituted, and otherwise oppressed due to the fact they were born female.
I said it today on Twitter. Being born female, that is if a female is even allowed to be born, is the world’s oldest and most primary oppression. When a female is born, she is immediately set up for a life of submission.
Female is not an identity.
When you sign this remember to look for the many other women that will need your help so their voices aren’t silenced by a mob.