Anonymous said: Hey! In the least rude condescending way ever, I wanted to ask you why do radfems often tell men to stay away from their movement? Isn't men after all who will bring the change by changing themselves? I understand that women need a safe place they can talk, support & relate to eachother but are there more clearer reasons? I'm a baby radfem still learning SO much every single day. Also, have you watched the documentary Miss representation? What do you think of it?
- Oppressors in any ‘oppressed people’s liberation movement’ tend to bring their entitlement and supremacy with them, which is the opposite to what you need when fighting for feminism. It’s kind of like white people being at the forefront of black activism, it’s not right - as a white person I can support them but I will never be a part of the movement for obvious reasons.
- You’re right, women do need safe spaces. Feminists may feel uncomfortable talking pro-women things in a group full of males. In my experience at gender and sexuality studies classes, males are overbearing and get pretty fucking defensive when you mention how women are oppressed/harmed. We don’t need that.
- It’s just important for white, able bodied males to know that they can’t intrude on everything. Being a male feminist-ally is good, but I feel like they receive WAY too much praise. A male ‘feminist’ posts something and gets 200k notes because it’s ‘so nice of him’ to be into feminism. Feminism isn’t some image a white boy can use to ‘pull chicks’.
- Feminists, rightly so, may be weary of men ‘joining up’ because we do receive A LOT of hate and shit from men especially. So it’s just better to not have to worry about males intruding and making us feel uncomfortable, and if a male really did believe in feminism then he would understand.
- Lastly, it’s not really a male’s fight. It’s a female’s fight. We’ve been viewed as inferior and weak forever, so men being the poster face of feminism is an absolute joke.