I think this movement is really amazing in many ways, but I also think that it’s time for feminism to adapt to the sexism of today. Because of feminism’s successes, sexism isn’t the same animal it used to be. That doesn’t mean that sexism is dead–it’s quite truly alive and well, but perhaps a bit more insidious than it once was.
Feminism has yet to adequately adapt to these changes, and in my humble opinion, the crux of this adaptation is going to be about gender. Feminism needs a more nuanced understanding of gender in order to adequately address the sexism of tomorrow. Our movement can’t be about women versus men anymore. We all serve to benefit from feminism, and we all need to know our place in the movement.
My vision? A feminist movement that works toward a world where no one is limited or defined by their gender identity. This movement takes on a wide range of social justice issues and brings a gender lens to all of them. I think we’re headed in the right direction, but we need to continue to interrogate how gender stereotyping and gender essentialism holds us back from this goal.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Recently on feministing...
And this time not even critique by me....the times have changed people. Anyhow as Miriam is leaving feministing as an editor she talks about the future of feminism: