Feminism: The Authoritarian Fight for "Equality"
Mae Fengári (Anarchism)
Feminism is an authoritarian and collectivist ideology that appeals to government in the to hope to influence legislation and force feminism’s ideas on other people...not caring about the fact that not everyone agrees with said ideas. If you make it known that you disagree with anything they say, it is relatively certain that you will automatically be branded a sexist, racist, homophobe, misogynist, a “pick me,” or transphobe, regardless of whether those terms actually apply. Individuality does not exist in feminism. Feminists, who claim to care for the rights of minority groups, continue to attack the rights of the smallest minority - the individual.
Aside from the way they dehumanize and marginalize dissenters, one of the biggest issues with feminism is that they are of the belief that rights are assigned by the government. This is incorrect. Rights cannot be granted, nor can they be taken away - unless you allow them to be stripped from you. This is an issue feminism has had since its inception. The expectation that the government exists to protect the rights of the people is a naive one. It has proven time and time again that it holds no regard for the individuals that live under its boot. Government is inherently oppressive, and it uses threats of force to coerce people into obeying the law; the most frightening thing is feminists seek to use this in order to achieve their goals. They often claim that they want the government to “get out of women’s bodies,” which is ironic seeing how feminism is an authoritarian movement.
When discussing the topic of "Third Wave Feminism" you have to consider the evolution of feminism’s priorities from it's inception to contemporary times. Beginning in the late 1840s, First Wave Feminism was the dawn of the feminist movement. First Wave feminists, also known as suffragettes, focused on issues like land ownership and voting rights. They understood the need to ally themselves with men who were sympathetic to their cause. Despite the alliance with men that feminists had, the temperance movement, better known as prohibition, was concurrent with the suffrage movement. Prohibition was actually passed the year before women gained the ability to vote (1920) in America and the passing of the 19th amendment marked the end of First Wave.
Second Wave feminism began in the 1960s and lasted for approximately twenty years. It called attention to issues in sexuality, the workplace, and family, as well as domestic violence and marital rape. Second Wave feminism also influenced changes in divorce laws and custody laws. One of the biggest wins for this phase of feminism, was the Equal Pay Act of 1963. The act mandated that employers may not discriminate pay based on gender; if two employees of opposite genders have the same experience, qualifications, skills, and complete the same work, they must be paid the same. Somehow, modern feminists have forgotten this act, even though it came from arguably the most influential phase of feminism to date.
The beginning of Third Wave Feminism, in the 1990s, marked the start of a more “extreme” movement. Terms such as “intersectionality” and trans exclusionary radical feminists (often referred to as “TERFs”) became more commonly used. This era of feminism focused on issues such as reproductive liberties, transgender rights, race, and sexual liberation. This wave of feminism ended around 2012 which is when Fourth Wave Feminism emerged.
Unlike First Wave Feminism, Third and Fourth Wave Feminism does not necessarily appeal to men to aid in their cause, but rather seek to alienate and emasculate men.
Phrases such as “white men are trash,” “toxic masculinity,” “mansplaining,” and “manspreading” all became popular terms among feminists. Feminists cite the definition of feminism to “prove” that it is not about hating men, it's about being equal to them. Their vocabulary, however, proves that this is not the case. Men who are not feminists are consistently labeled as misogynists, despite the chance they may not be. Whenever a woman argues against feminism, she is labeled a “pick me.” “Pick me” is a phrase that describes someone who does something solely for the attention of others, usually the opposite sex. Apparently anti-feminist women cannot think for themselves and do everything for male approval. I find it strange, feminism claims to be pro-women and pro-women’s empowerment, yet they are incredibly sexist towards women who do not agree with them.
Over the past 100 years, there have been numerous feminist demonstrations - from the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 to today’s social media movements. Social media has allowed the #MeToo and the #TimesUp movements, as well as the Women’s March, to garner worldwide attention and fame. #MeToo was originally used by Tarana Burke in 2006 on MySpace, however it did not become popular until October of 2017 when Alyssa Milano encouraged her Twitter followers to use the hashtag in order to spread awareness of sexual violence. Following #MeToo, was #TimesUp, which was created in January of 2018, in response to the so-called “Weinstein Effect.” This movement raised money for a legal defense fund and gathered approximately 800 volunteer lawyers.
Another issue with modern feminism is the victimhood complex they display. A victimhood complex, also known as the “martyr complex,” is someone who feels the need to constantly play the part of a victim in order to avoid personal responsibility. So they seek out injustice - even searching for it where there may not be any. This is also a psychological issue that is often seen as a form of masochism. This victim mentality can be attributed, in part, to intersectional theory.
Intersectionality was first used in 1989 by Kimberlé Crenshaw, a law professor and social theorist. The definition is: “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.” This theory has created a “points system” for oppression. For example, if you are a white woman, you experience more prejudice than a white man, but less than an African American woman. The different categories or groups that determine how much oppression you experience include, but are not limited to: race, sexuality, disability, gender identity, religion, and nationality. If you are a victim, you are no longer responsible for your own actions.
Despite all this, one must give credit where credit is due. A positive outcome of the modern feminist movement, is the push to destigmatize the discussion about sexual violence. The #MeToo movement started a prolific dialogue about sexual assault - many survivors came forward and shared their stories and experiences. Sexual assault is a difficult subject to address, and its important that survivors feel safe and comfortable sharing their ordeals. It is unfortunate that the movement was taken “too far” and rape accusations were weaponized.
As an anti-feminist woman, I have experienced quite a bit of flack for my views. Often being called a “pick me,” racist, homophobe, or transphobe. It never ceases to amaze me how a group that claims to be “by women, for women” could be so sexist to those who think differently than they do. If feminism was truly about female empowerment, feminists would not be demanding laws but rather be working to ensure women were better suited to take care of themselves and their families (if they choose to have one). Empowerment is not running to the government every time someone does something you don’t agree with.
If your ideas require the force of law, they were never that great to begin with.
Maegen Fengari is a New York State based freelance writer, an avid follower of international politics, and she spends as much time as possible reading and discussing what is going on in the world.
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