Radical Feminism saved my life.
A lot of transactivists and their handmaidens deride the term “Radical Feminist,” but only because it challenges their gender worship.
Gender is a religion, and religion is a touchy subject. I get it.
For me, however, and for the thousands like me, Radical Feminism is about prioritizing women over men, even prioritizing women over men who “feel like” women. Radical Feminism is about putting women and girls first, and that is truly revolutionary.
Despite what the queer/trans movement would have you think, there’s nothing new or radical about defending men or defending gender. Men have been defending men and men have been defending gender for centuries.
Now, however, men have the pharmaceuticals to appropriate the “female gender” if they so choose.
Does that make these men female? No.
Does that make these men feel entitled to female spaces? Yes.
Does this pharma-empowerment make these men want to codify gender into law? You betcha!
Does that potentially doom a ton of women and girls who don’t embrace stereotypical gender norms? Yep!
Does anyone care? No!
And because I know so many people are frightened of the term “Radical Feminist,” I’ve made the following handy-dandy checklist. You can make sure you are (or are not) a RadFem:
1) If you believe girls inherently like pink and boys inherently like blue, you are NOT a radical feminist.
2) If you believe the degrading exploitation of women vis-à-vis prostitution is “empowering,” you are NOT a radical feminist.
3) If you believe penises and testicles are female, you are NOT a radical feminist.
4) If you believe women’s liberation will be achieved by way of embracing oppressive, misogynist stereotypes of what it means to be a woman/man, you are NOT a radical feminist.
5) If you read, and take to heart, anything written on XoJane, Jezebel or Feministing, you are NOT a radical feminist.
6) If you believe women “owe” their space to men-who-feel-like-women, you are NOT a radical feminist.
7) If you deride The Michigan Womyn’s Festival you are NOT a radical feminist.
8) If you defend men’s feelings at the expense of women’s safety, you are NOT a radical feminist.
9) If you say “not all men,” you are NOT a radical feminist.
10) If you call lesbians bigots for not wanting dicks and balls in their spaces, you are NOT a radical feminist.
This, of course, is a short list. It doesn’t take into account the men who threaten women like me with death, doxxing, and exposure for the purpose of harassment. It doesn’t take into account the men who threaten the children of women who dare disagree with them. It doesn’t take into account the men in womanface who celebrate whenever a women’s space is dismantled.
But sisters, we should all be Radical Feminists. As women, we should all support women first and foremost — lord knows, in this world, no one else is looking out for us.