[Transcript on YouTube.]
This video made my day.
Seriously, this is my feminism.
I believe in a feminism that realizes that patriarchy hurts and limits everyone. I believe in giving people the freedom to do what they want to and what makes them happy regardless of their gender. I believe in intersectionality– noticing the ways patriarchy specifically hurts queer people (or people of color, or poor people, or disabled people, or…) and not limiting the conversation simply to privileged people. I believe in embracing trans people, which depressingly is something that many so-called feminists still don’t agree with. (Obligatory pause to flick off Bug Brennan.) I believe in “girl” not being an insult; I believe in both femininity and masculinity being positive qualities when freely and joyfully chosen; I believe in women being strong enough to do things only men can do, and men being strong enough to do things that only women can do.
Feminism is a movement that fails. It kind of fails a lot. Over the past fifty years it’s moved from excluding everyone who isn’t exactly like Betty Friedan to tokenizing everyone who isn’t exactly like Betty Friedan. Its record on men’s issues is somewhat pathetic (although still better than anything else on offer). Many feminists, even ones I agree with, are douchebags. There have been branches of feminism that are exclusionary, anti-science, kyriarchal, hateful, gender essentialist, and generally all the worst impulses of humanity. I’m not going to stop yelling at feminism when it goes wrong.
But I kind of want to take the moment to say… yeah. This is my movement. My stupid, faily, horrible excuse for a movement filled with stupid, faily, horrible people that has made life better for literally billions of people. It fucking changed the world in ways we’re still dealing with the fallout of. Once, men and women weren’t equal; now they mostly are, and getting more and more so every day. I love feminism, and even when I get pissed off at it it’s out of love for what it could be and, sometimes, is.