Life

My “problematic” blog post

Einstein once said that if you find something is too difficult to explain to a six year old, you probably don’t know it that well yourself.
This applies to many things, and it applies to feminism too. Feminism is not nearly as widely accepted as it should be, and the immense amount of in-fighting and over analyzing isn’t doing anyone anywhere any favors. Good things happen to feminism.
Beyonces, Caitlin Morans, Emma Watsons, Caitlyn Jenners, Laverne Coxs, Pauli Murrays, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichies, happen. Events, people, and words are constantly moving feminism forward, allowing us to refer to it as a feminist “movement”
Feminism includes (should include) the social equality of all people; white women, African women, African American women, Hispanic women, Asian women, homosexual women, straight women, transgender women, handicapped women, and men. It will be much easier if we simply accept that as a given and move along our merry “demolish the patriarchy” way.
It would also help if we gave up completely on the word “problematic” and let people do what they’re doing. The word itself is often used when there is not enough reason to simply use the word “wrong” and situations in which the word is used often become items of debate themselves; loud debates, vocal debates, and debates that get a lot of coverage.
It would help if we approached problems of inequality understanding the concept of nuance, humanity, and imperfection. There’s no such thing as an “ideal feminist”.
Caitlin Moran is not transphobic. She said what she said to get her point across well and to a wider audience, in an informative but funny way. And that’s okay.
Beyonce is rich and beautiful, sure, but she is a feminist, and she’s done a lot for feminism. More than you, more than me, and more than most other individual people. Her position and persona should not belittle her contribution to feminism.
Emma Watson addressed issues that she felt were important. In a simple accessible way she managed to show that feminism should appeal to men as well as women. She raised awareness, introduced the concept to a wide audience, and did what she was planning to do.
No human being is perfect, and when the opportunity is there, it’s best to give people the benefit of the doubt or calmly approach them on a personal level to educate and provide constructive criticism in the form of a conversation, not an angry lecture.
Feminism is simple. People are complex. Don’t let discussions about the later cloud the value and importance of the former.
This post was inspired by these two articles: 1 & 2

Written By

Leave a Reply