Thursday, September 29, 2011
Reinventing Feminism with Courtney Martin
After graduating college, I too had lofty ideas and was full of grandiose expectations. My desire to change the world, at least to have a positive impact and work towards creating community, understanding, and compassion have never gone away. I was lost as to how to do so. The paradoxes mentioned in this talk are so on point. I could identify with feeling overwhelmed, yet knowing that I didn't want these feelings to stop me from doing something. This greatly contributed to the creation of this blog.
What I also love about this talk is that it doesn't even address the nazi-feminist persona that is so widely misused to describe what feminism is. A person who claims that someone who is standing up for themselves and others who have been categorized as second-class citizens at any point and time, is quite the opposite of what nazism was about. I love that feminism is reinventing itself, not complete. Another sentiment Martin doesn't address in the talk is the term post-feminism. I can't stand people discussing issues and claiming that feminism is dead or not needed. It creates a false reality: that equality exists, that misogyny doesn't, and that patriarchy is no longer an issue; all of which are not true! It's the same as claiming we live in a post-racist, post-classist, post-discriminatory world. I proudly claim "This is what a feminist looks like!"
Thoughts and feedback are always welcome. What makes you identify or not identify as a feminist? Comment below or email me firstname.lastname@example.org