Oct 21, 2014
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Anonymous asked: How can you think any kind of moral revolution is inevitable when people are assholes? How do you make people care about being moral? We buy luxury consumer items instead of feeding the poor, we don't care about Ebola if it's only in Africa, we murder each other for money, drugs, honor, infidelity, we raise animals in hideous conditions and kill them in their billions because we like the way they taste. A lot of progress has been made, and still we're going nowhere. Regression isn't unlikely.

And with “we”, I assume you mean white, western males? Cause those are the ones who do all you just said tht “we” do.

- Pi

Oct 21, 2014
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Anonymous asked: Hi, is it possible for a guy to be friends with, a girl, without involving the elements of oppression and patriarchal stuff, deliberately or unwittingly ? I respect her, and treat her as a equal human being, the way I would like to be treated, if I were her, but how can I ensure it's free from internalized misogyny and patriarchy ? I read a lot of feminist literature to get an idea, but is such a friendship really possible without being inherently unequal or oppressive ? Thanks in advance

No

- Pi

Oct 21, 2014
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Anonymous asked: you do realise there are some people who are indeed attracted to both cis women and trans women, but not cis or trans men? you radfems may only care about genitals when looking for a sexual partner, but that's not the case for everyone? for some people, the criterion of 'vagina' doesn't specify their sexuality, so i dont know why you act like sexual attraction can always be defined by genital preference. it's a pretty biased view.

What is this even in reference to?

- Pi

Oct 21, 2014
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Anonymous asked: Hello !! In a previous answer, you mentioned about patriarchy being completely unavoidable.Q's is, how can I as a guy, abstain from it, to the maximum, without messing up my life or career, apart from changing my attitudes and actively supporting feminist practices ? I'm ready to make some pragmatic sacrifices. I've been unwittingly guilty of benefiting from it, like, I've benefited from capitalism. But I want to change and any help, with concrete examples will be appreciated greatly. Thank you

"Without messig up your life or carreer"? I get that you don’t wanna fuck up your life, but what that sentence really says is that you don’t want to sacrifice anything. That’s not gonna work. What you have to do is step back and let women take the spotlight, especially carreer wise, because that is probably where most of unnoticed privilege takes place. You get paid more, get better jobs, and you will never even know unless you ask the right questions. Start asking what women make at your job and demand you get paid equally, or you leave. Then start reflect on how you treat women in your personal life.

- Pi

Oct 21, 2014
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Anonymous asked: i have a friend who's starting to question her gender because she said she feels "mannish" and isn't girly or w/e. how can i let her know she doesn't have to switch genders without offending her or letting on that im a gender abolitionist (i cant let people know im a radfem or i'd get a shit ton of hate)

Explain the difference between sex and gender. I never get too defensive about it; I have many trans friends whom I support in their transitions. This is a personal matter for me, as I used to be very defensive about it and would question my friends who chose transition a lot, but life has taught me the lesson to chill - whatever makes a person happier is what they should do, in my opinion. That said, transition doesn’t work for everyone, and since it’s a decision with life long consequences, it’s important to give your friend your support, but also to question them if you think they’re making a decision that will make them unhappy. Transitioning is usually not a political choice for the person transitioning, but it BECOMES political because we live in a patriarchy - or the other way around; people transition BECAUSE we live in a patriarchy. Is your friend familiar with the concept of internalized misogyny? If they’re not, you might want to explain it and ask if that’s why they feel “not like a girl”. You could also explain that being unfeminine in no way makes you a man, and that it’s pretty insulting to butch women and their partners to suggest it does. Lesbians who are butch, or partner with butches, are not men and are not attracted to men.

- Pi

Oct 20, 2014
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Anonymous asked: Your thoughts on asexuality in women?

Uhm… It exists? You have to be more specific here. What about it?

- Vixen



I think it’s a valid alternative to heterosexuality for women. I think that asexual women are pressured to perform heterosexuality, and that all celibate women deserve to be protected in feminism.
- H. Maxwell
Oct 19, 2014
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Anonymous asked: if heterosexuality as it exists right now was created by misogynistic men, and is still the #1 way men have to exploit and oppress women all around the globe, wouldn't it be logical that radical feminism be in the end outright opposed to any "heterosexual relationships" (just like it's already opposed to PIV), for the sake of the very numerous concerned women, at least as long as patriarchy's still running? it's not a personal question, it's a theoretical one, i'm not concerned.

Surely that should be up to heterosexual radfems to decide.

- Pi

I think it’s logical to abstain from relationships with men, like I do, but it’s up to those women. - H. Maxwell
Oct 19, 2014
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Anonymous asked: When a man adopts femininity while keeping all his privileges intact, it's mocking. He is trying on being submissive for fun and can remove the shackles at any time, while women are pressured into it and struggle to escape it. I find it insulting.

I get that standpoint.

- Pi

Seconded.
- H. Maxwell
Oct 19, 2014
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lol-imsad asked: It seems like lots of radfems think it should be considered more feminist to perform masculinity or to be more masculine in whole? I understand that femininity was forced upon women, and that being feminine in and of itself is not feminist, but I don't think the correct way to reject it is to "act more like men". That's more reinforcing the idea that as women we need to be "on their playing field" rather than create a new one entirely without the hierarchy of gender. Do you have a take on this?

Masculinity is the norm, so everything we do that isn’t hyperfeminine will be considered unfeminine/masculine - since gender neutrality does not exist in patriarchy, one cannot perform it. It’s not about trying to be like men, it’s that masculinity is seen as the default, so everything that isn’t outright feminine automatically becomes masculine in the eyes of the beholder.

- Pi

Oct 19, 2014
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Anonymous asked: Do you see universal basic income as a feminist goal?

it would be a step in the right direction, but the end goal is to not need any income to live a decent life, as money should never dictate how well you live. Capitalism is intertwined with oppression, it is a system that requires inequality to function.

But until that is achieved, a guaranteed basic income is definitely a good start.

- Vixen

Oct 18, 2014
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Anonymous asked: cis privilege doesn't exist so it's just male privilege. does straight privilege not exist? Women don't get privileges from being straight bc the penis is like a weapon in patriarchy & women have oppressive piv sex. Is it just male privilege then? I'm not saying lesbian privilege is a thing bc homophobia, but straight women aren't privileged bc they're with men (socialised to be misogynists). 'm a "baby" radfem and I've only been reading about rad feminism for a few weeks so i'm confused.

Straight women benefit from straight privilege as well. Not personally, but societally. Lesbians surely benefit on a personal level, but not structurally in society (which obviously has more dire consequences such as persecution and corrective rape). I’m getting a bit tired of comparing the two, because we have very different issues and while it all stems from the same root, it’s not always beneficial for the cause to lump everything in under male privilege.

- Pi

Oct 18, 2014
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Anonymous asked: I get that male-dom bdsm is internalized misogyny and is bad, but what about fem-dom? It puts the woman in a position of power so is it a good thing?

Same shit, different genitals.

- Pi

Oct 18, 2014
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Anonymous asked: What do you make of the idea that men wearing dresses/ makeup/ etc is a form of appropriation from women, and consequently not on? The point was made that as symbols and tools of oppression, they belong to women in the same sense as cultural appropriation arguments. Besides trans politics and women's spaces issues, it strikes me as subversive of gender but I've basically been told off for it. Thoughts?

Totally depends on how you do it imo. Wear a dress despite being a dude? Go for it, fuck those gender roles. Do your thing. Wear a dress and think it makes you a woman? Red lights, abort mission, you’re nothing but a sexist gender stereotype enabler. I don’t think femininity should “belong to women” because femininity = oppression (at least under patriarchy), but I can see why one would want to argument that it should. Femininity wasn’t invented by women and it doesn’t benefit women, so why should we want to keep it to ourselves? As far as I’m concerned, the end goal is that everyone can do whatever the hell they want without it having any connotations or being oppressive. Right now that’s not possible, but the GOAL is to end gender roles, not enforce them.

- Pi

Oct 18, 2014
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Anonymous asked: I'm assuming that you've bought a manufactured product or exchanged $ for services at some point in your life, and thus have participated in the capitalism. Although one might also take all possible steps to eliminate this (growing your own food, etc.), it's pretty difficult to avoid. How do you reconcile this with the idea that capitalism&patriarchy need to be destroyed in order to liberate women? If we even the most critical of us participate in capitalism, how can we hope to eradicate it?

That’s the smartest move they ever made: they made their systems completely unavoidable. There is no way to escape capitalism or patriarchy. But that doesn’t mean it’s hopeless. Women couldn’t vote in my country less than 100 years ago, and while we have OTHER issues now, we at least have basic human rights under law (not in practice, but it’s at least a start). The system is going to break because it has so many flaws that it doesn’t work for the vast majority of people in the world - how and when is another question, but it is inevitable.

- Pi

Oct 18, 2014
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Anonymous asked: (2/2) so-called gender expression? shouldn't queer gender expression be something other than women presenting in conventional western masculine modes of dress, grooming etc., or such modes historically and widely socially coded as masculine? doesn't that behaviour just reinforce the binary of male and female prescribed roles and associated accoutrements? and what's the radfem take on this?

It does and it doesn’t. Women performing femininity isn’t more of a feminist act than performing masculinity is. At least when women perform things traditionally coded masculine, they break the status quo of gender roles - but the second they think that makes them “genderqueer”, that’s when they go into gender stereotyping which is against all radical praxis.

- Pi

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