...And you sit there and talk revolution
but can you tell me just who's in command?
when you tell me the forces we are fighting
then I'll gladly join and make plans
but for now only our t-shirts cry freedom
and our voices are gagged by our greed
our minds are harnessed by knowledge
by the hill and the will to succeed
and if that's not what you believe
would you just let me know I'm not standing alone
that I'm not just a voice in the crowd...
From Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors by Fish
These lyrics were written in the late 1980's but they could easily apply to the current state of feminism, particularly the sect calling itself Radical Feminism, aka RadFem. Sadly the only revolution existing among RadFems consists mostly of idle chatter, tweets, FB shares and some kindergarten arts and crafts even. And there is a discrepancy regarding who exactly they’re fighting: men, men claiming to be women, men who haven’t had SRS, men who have, women claiming to be men, women who “look” like men, women who “act” like men, the rich, the poor, whites, non white, academics, non academics, feminists, non feminist, lesbians, non lesbians, prostitutes, men who pick up prostitutes, sex slavery, the porn industry…an endless list. And that’s not to say that there isn’t an overwhelming list of issues that feminists/RadFems need to address, there is. But instead of agreeing on a single issue and tackling that issue till it no longer is a threat like some of our suffragettes/feminists of yesteryear, current RadFems are busy at work retweeting and FB sharing articles with each other, along with copious pats on the back for doing so. Meanwhile the only women privy to RadFem tweets and FB shares are the small few who are on each others private lists. The women who truly NEED feminist news, particularly feminist interventions, remain on the outside. For they are either too poor, too black, too non English speaking, too uneducated, too busy selling their bodies to feed their children, too, too, too. And today's RadFems aren't interested in too's.
I recently removed about twenty or so odd RadFems from my FaceBook. I removed these RadFems because I could no longer stomach the Dworkinesque hypocrisy, ignored mental health troubles, child speak, narcissism, classism, racism, lezbophobia, male hatred, two facedness, misogynists etc. Women claiming lesbian asylum for political reasons. Women working with Trans male clients from 9 to 5 while in their spare time demanding “twanz-women” stay out of women’s spaces. Women making exceptions for Trans males who have had their “penis” altered. Women more invested in getting laid than in making the world a better place for females in the future. Women with slews of mental diagnosis made from the very male medical machine that is now transitioning children in order to eradicate homosexuals, in short, women incapable of revolutionary thought or action. It is these motley crew who are supposed to be some of today’s leading feminist, but you wont find a radical, feminist or otherwise between the lot of them.
One of the most recent retweeting's among radfems is the death of a former radfem, Shulamith Firestone, whom might be remembered for writing The Dialectic of Sex. This supposed feminist ground breaker is clearly indebted to French feminism and her strange futuristic notions of sex and child birth taken straight out of the dystopian novel, whether that be Zamyatin's We, Orwell's 1984 or Huxley's Brave New World, it makes little difference. What I find most striking about Ms. Firestone was her mental illness, which seems to be a necessary component of past and current radfems. Shulamith was hospitalized at various times for "schizophrenia" whereby she became a total recluse. As a female and as a feminist I have to be suspect of her diagnosis, but regardless, she obviously had or developed serious mental issues. And it is these mental issues that seem to be the cornerstone for Radical Feminism as we know it now.
The she-can-do-no-wrong queen bee of Radical Feminism, Andrea Dworkin was a walking billboard for mental illness. Dworkin was grossly over weight and unkempt and she fiercely hated males in the personal, rather than the political system of men i.e. patriarchy. She claims (and I believe her) that she was molested/raped as a girl, and physically abused by her fist husband. I can only assume she never received any help for these deep early wounds and suspect like many female statistical abuse victims, she turned her anger away from her perpetrators towards herself, thereby trying to make herself as unattractive to the male gaze as possible. Rather than seek help and confront the gulf within her fractured psyche, she in hereto-privileged fashion declared herself a "lesbian" further delegitimatizing the existence of lesbians and even going so far as to hold on to lesbian even after she married a man. As her radfem popularity was wanning and just before the publication of a book she conveniently claimed publicly to have been raped in a Paris hotel by two males. Few if anyone (including feminists) believed her, given her years of working with rape victims and for rape crisis centers, she didnt go to a hospital or have a rape kit done. She instead supposedly called her Gyno in the US whom she claimed told her even though she didnt participate in vaginal penetration, that there would be no way to tell two men raped her. Ummm yeah. Her published account of the "rape" reads as contradictory and inane as her claims of alien abduction. All and all a very mentally ill and unstable woman, radfem and all.
Another darling of modern radfems is Valerie Solanas, known as much for shooting Andy Warhol (to make her famous where her talents failed to) as for her SCUM Manifesto. Solanas, like Firestone was a paranoid schizophrenic, and like Dworkin created rape allegations which her actions vehemently denied. Like Dworkin she also had a history of prostitution even after possessing a psychology degree, and claimed she was a lesbian although she had regular romantic relationships with men.
Not surprisingly these radfems and others like them are the shero's of today's radfems, mentally unhealthy/unstable women who hate most, and in some cases all men. They hold men to blame for all their troubles, yet seek refuge in their own private separatist worlds. While misogyny and the patriarchal structures which support misogyny surely can be held accountable for some troubled radfem minds, like the wholly radfem trinity, most of todays radfem's mental issues go above and beyond. It seems a bankrupt mind and a healthy hatred of men to be the two main requirements for modern radfems while feminism lies somewhere out of their sight.
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