Firstly, what feminism is: Feminism is a political movement for the emancipation and liberation for all females, regardless of race, class, sexual orientation, reproductive status, disability status, etc.
Secondly, what feminism is not: Feminism is not a catch-all social justice movement (although sometimes areas that affect women do become highlighted). Feminism is not a social club, after school activity at uni, an identity, or a hobby. Feminist is not something you are by virtue of your birth as a female.
While feminism may benefit other members of society (ie males) that is not our primary aim, more of a knock-on effect. This can be seen in the very few countries with a female majority government in combination with feminist principles. In short, all of society benefits from female liberation, disproving the (MRA) lie that a matriarchy is just the reverse of a patriarchy with males becoming the oppressed class.
In the current circumstances of a patriarchy, all men benefit from a system of male domination and female subjugation, whether they like it, or reject it, or not. A very small percentage of males with a social conscience will champion social justice causes, including feminism. This however, does not automatically make them “a feminist”, but a “feminist ally”, in the same way a white person working for black justice is an ally. This is in part because the ally is not part of that oppressed class of persons, and most probably comes from the group oppressing them. Feminist is also an honourific title, reserved for females, because it is the only social justice movement dedicated to females. It is a mark of respect (to the oppressed) to call yourself an ally, rather than appropriate that group’s term for themselves.
Most men however, do nothing towards female liberation, enjoying the privilege of male domination, even if they themselves are not violent enforcers of male domination. There are a small percentage of men dedicated to opposing feminists, and bolstering up the status quo of male domination, and perhaps increase it. These are MRAs, or “male rights activists” but they function more like a terrorist group against feminists. They are the political opposites, or ‘enemies’, of feminists and feminism.
MRAs first turned their attentions, or terror campaigns, onto radical feminists. Because radical feminism is “Feminism Unmodified” (MacKinnon), and makes no excuses for male behaviour and violence. Radical feminism means getting to the root of the problem, not extremeism in the usual sense. The liberal feminists did not worry about this too much, as they disagreed with radical feminism’s unapologetic stance. They only started getting concerned about MRAs when the MRAs began including liberal feminist targets (which in fact, had the liberal feminists perplexed, because they thought they had done everything to be male appeasing).
Liberal feminists are not true feminists in the sense of the word. It is liberalism applied to females—or the left’s politic’s “ladies auxillary”. The liberal feminist agenda is to tinker around the edges and make it “a bit nicer” for women (as the male left do), and leave the exploitative capitalist patriarichal system in place. Radical feminists want to get rid of both those systems, not tinker around the edges.
Because liberal feminists come from a leftist understanding of the world, they cannot seem to understand why, “some bad men do bad things to women and get away with it”. The answer is, this is patriarchy and male supremacy functioning ‘as it should’ (from the patriarchy’s point of view). No amount of appealing to men and be nicer is going to work, the system has to be annihilated, and a feminist-led leadership has to be its replacement.
It appears though, that liberal ‘feminism’ has jumped the shark. They are now condoning violence on other women/feminists, that they” don’t like” or agree with. This by the way, is the opposite of feminism, and is male-supporting, if not MRA-supporting.
Liberal feminists found their ‘in’ to try silence radical feminists. That ‘in’ is transgenderism. Transgenderism is primarily made up of 80%+ ‘male to female’ transgenders (“M2T”, Male to Transgender; because we do not believe that anyone actually changes sex, they change appearance, via cosmetic surgery and drugs). Liberal feminists go well beyond silencing radical feminists, they have been deleting our online comments for years (which I think shows a large degree of insecurity about their politics). Liberal feminists now condone violence against other feminists. They may have tried to get rid of this evidence, but we have it in screencaps.
ETA: After long boring conversation (below), the first screenshot has been amended to obliterate the appearance of Mr Nice Guy “Feminist”, who prefers gaslighting women that he is not threatening them in any way, but will run to WordPress with Male Tears.
Yes you read that correctly:
Exposing Men’s Rights Activism: Actually, he is attacking Cathy Brennan. Cathy Brennan is a widely known and quite violent transmisogynist who spends her time online harassing trans women and posting their personal information publicly. This page does not support TERFs.
Exposing Men’s Rights Activism: No. We dislike FeMRAs and MRAs equally.
So, how are you not on the same side as the MRAs, if you condone violence against women/feminists, ultimately because you dislike their politics? Because that is exactly what the MRAs do! Nor would radical feminist ever condone violence against other women/feminists, just because we disagreed with your politics, or ‘disliked’ you personally—that is counter to our beliefs and goals.
It is a complete reversal to attempt to call transgender-critical or radical feminists “FeMRAs” (female MRAs). What fabric of fantasy could lead liberal feminists to think, that women who give males no excuses, and are politically opposite, are on the same side as MRAs?
Liberal feminists, you’ve jumped the shark. Your politics and actions are anti-feminist, and anti-female.
Backtracking a little to today’s censorship of radical feminists, look at the page’s About page:
We are here to expose the hateful lies told by MRA’s under the mask of being “human rights activists” to promote misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, racist and bigoted rhetoric.
Also be advised. This is not a free speech zone for hateful ideologues known as Men’s Rights Activists or TERF bullshit. You are subject to being banned according to the mood and whim of the admins.
Point out what was supposedly “misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, racist and bigoted rhetoric”, because there were none. As far as online ‘clashes’ go, this was mild, polite even. Are your politics that fragile? Apparently yes. To completely dismiss radical feminist politics as “TERF bullshit” are the actions of a child, or an MRA. TERF stands for “Transgender Excluding Radical Feminist”, which in itself is inaccurate, we are critical of the practise of transgenderism. We reserve the right to have at least some political and non-political spaces as female-only.
However, quite a number of the male transgenders also behave like MRAs as well (one reason for the ‘exclusion’, nor do we invite MRAs into our spaces either). We have three ‘teams’ all either supporting or threatening violence—MRAs, male transgenders, liberal feminists. And several very small groups of women, radical feminists, gender critical feminists, lesbian feminists, NOT issuing death threats or rape threats to political opponents.
Only members and honourary members of the dominant class can issue credible threats to the oppressed. That is why transwomen issue rape, death, and assault threats to radical feminists. So it is time for everyone to wake up to what is going on. It is time for ‘liberal feminists’ to really examine their politics and their alliances, rather than acting like a bunch of Stockholm Syndromers. Get with the programme, or relinquish the title ‘feminist’.