Wow. So things are getting fucking scary. It’s not surprising. This is happening because women are getting fucking powerful and fucking angry and are unwinding the mindbindings faster than male brainwashing can wind them up again. And we all know how men feel about that. Radical Feminism is the last feminism standing, and that is why, in the last few years, there have been more and more women coming to see its value as every other political movement is co-opted and overrun by men and misogyny.
Women are alarmed. On the one hand, we are being told that we have never had it better. On the other hand, we are being sexualised at younger and younger ages, we are encouraged as a matter of course to wear bizarre clothing and footwear in which we can’t move like normal human beings, carving up our bodies is almost a necessity for social survival, pornography is endemic, rape is endemic, child abuse is endemic and women are not allowed to question any of this, even within supposedly feminist and ‘supportive’ leftist spaces. And more and more women are realising this is bullshit. And more and more women are turning to radical feminism because of it.
The sex-positive bullshit has been going on since the 1980s. If it was going to have a political impact, don’t you think it would have by now? But have things for women gotten better? Has slutwalk had a political impact on men’s rape-saturated consciousness? The recent spate of highly publicised gang-rapes around the world would suggest not.
And now, as more and more women fall victim to the translobby, where are the men of the left who pride themselves on being the greatest feminist allies EVER? Well, no surprise there, they’re supporting their dudelydudebros who identify as women and are selling the rest of us down the river. And I’ll bet this is going to be peak-trans moment for a lot of women who were not even really aware of these issues before.
As Gallus Mag said, it is a critical time, so no wonder a priority was made of silencing her. Her blog, after all, has been cataloguing all of the trans shenanigans for the last two years and on every single post there are many commenters who support what she says and add their own additional experiences, thoughts and analysis of the subjects she writes about.
The swiftness and violence of men’s reactions over the past several weeks – the most recent horrific death threats against Cathy Brennan, the stalking and censoring of Suzanne Moore and Julie Burchill, the silencing of Gallus Mag – tells us that we’re onto something. It tells us that men are scared. It tells us that they fear that a whole lotta women are about to wake up and look around and head straight for radical feminism because they can see very well it is the only feminism left that stands for the interests of women and girls.
However, I think there is something else going on here as well. Something deeper. I have been having many conversations with women lately who are deeply dissatisfied with their lives, who can feel the meaningless of life lived in men’s foreground, even though they don’t have the words to express their thoughts as such. They tell me they want to do something to make the world a better place; they tell me they feel disconnected and indifferent about their careers, even the ones who are ‘succeeding’ according to men’s standards. They opt out of living with men and reproducing because they can see that under the current patriarchal system it leads to Self-annihilation. And most of the women with whom I have these kinds of conversations don’t even see themselves as feminists, or know much about feminist politics.
And yet they have this feeling of dissatisfaction, this feeling of something not right, this yearning to live a more meaningful life. And that is what men are afraid of. That is the part of women they most want to suppress. Of course women all want to live lives where we are free of the threat of rape, where we don’t live in poverty, where we’re not married off at young ages or shot in the head for daring to go to school, but I think we also want more than that. We want a transformation of reality. And that is what radical feminism promises. And that is why it is so fucking dangerous. That is why it must be suppressed at all costs.
On a global scale, resources are running out, pollution is everywhere, climate change is wreaking havoc, the earth is dying and men’s answer, it seems, is to draw us all into a never-ending apocalyptic war. Will anything less than radical feminism be able to bring us back from the brink?
We have all been living in men’s reality forever, and to live here as a woman is to live in hell. More and more of us are starting to realise this. We want another way, and I do believe we can make it. All of us, together, can make this revolution happen. All of you inspire me with your courage, and for that I thank you. Let’s make 2013 the year that patriarchy falls.