10/25/2013

Feminism Done Right

I recently participated in an exchange of comments on a youtube video by an MRA (Men's Rights Activists) member. I came across the term NAFALT (not all feminists are like that) being used against me when I attempt to clarify that not all feminism is the same.

Here is the definition for the usage of that acronym [From WikipediaNo true Scotsman is an informal fallacy, an ad hoc attempt to retain an unreasoned assertion.[1] When faced with a counterexample to a universal claim ("no Scotsman would do such a thing"), rather than denying the counterexample or rejecting the original universal claim, this fallacy modifies the subject of the assertion to exclude the specific case or others like it by rhetoric, without reference to any specific objective rule ("no true Scotsman would do such a thing").

So by this logic, men who don't rape are also a "no true scotsman", as men don't rape is a fallacy because there are men who rape. Often, you will face the counterexample "real men don't rape", that would be a "no true scotsman" - /sarcasm.

Yup, this is utter bullshit.

To "not all feminists are the same", anti-feminists often reply "yes you are" or "prove it".
I do not need to prove anything. We live in a world where women's voices are progressively becoming louder, and this is not achieved through passive agreement to the notion that there should be gender equality. There are women and men (often feminists) behind this progress.

The reason mainstream feminism (non radical feminism) has been overshadowed in recent years is that it is not as loud. The reason it is not as loud is that it now deals with challenging "subtler" differences. For example: there was a time when women were not allowed a paying job, so the change from not being allowed to being able to was loud and massive and beautiful. Nowadays, we can work, but there is unequal pay. The pay gap has been closing slowly, but remains unequal. This particular fight will not be as loud as finally being able to provide money for one's self.

There are small feminist campaigns and movements (and successes :D) worldwide, on a daily basis. The fact that their focus is more local, or targets an issue you might consider less important does not diminish their accomplishments. Nowadays, there is a wide misconception that we have achieved equality in "the West", and this is why mainstream feminism aims to target more focalised areas and specific subjects, because targetting inequality in gender would be draining and would warrant no response.

"Fighting gender inequality everywhere" is a diffuse goal, we can all agree on that.

Anyway, here are just a couple of movements going on right now, that you will not necessarily hear about in mainstream media.
  • Revenge Porn Legislation - Addresses revenge porn (and a larger category of non consensual pornography), aiming to draft just sanctioning for it's distribution.
  • University of Manchester Women's Campaign 
  • Gulabi Gang - "Rural women in pink saris, weilding bamboo sticks in pursuit of justice"
  • Panmela Castro Graffiti Fine Art - Brazilian artist who brings women together through collaboration in creating commissioned murals, and teaching them about sexism and their rights at the same time (Check the post Good News :D for articles about her)
  • Hawkeye Initiative - Targets the comic book world, protests the oversexualization of female superheroes by drawing Hawkeye in the exact same ridiculous poses that they are often depicted in.

Brought to you by Feminism! - challenging societal constructs since always.

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