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I wrote this essay a couple of years ago. It gives an overview of the ghastly nature of the wimminism that feminism has descended into. Men were the designated enemy, and heterosexual women were considered almost the equivalent of collaborators.

A friend of mine who was a Greenham commoner can be made to squirm at the memory of her younger self talking in schools and telling teenage girls that you had to be a lesbian to be a feminist. Guess what ? 90% of women decided they weren't feminists and feminism had nothing to do with them. Feminism is now uniquely dead in the the UK compared to the rest of the first world.

I confess that I have a personal invovlement in this in that most of the issues I encountered during my attempts to learn bellydance as a man were directly related to the attitudes of that era  as many of the senior members of the community, who more or less set the tone, were feminists from that time. The hatred, the bullying, the anger, all were related to how the wimminists of that generation viewed men.

Please note : This is only related to the UK. Feminism in europe is different and much more embracing of progressive people politics, Fadela Amara from that essay is a great example. Even in america, essentialism was discredited as a feminist credo by the mid-70s even if it limps on in certain lesbian circles such as michigan womyn's Music camp.

And the worst thinng I see now is that many young feminists, having no sense of history due to the death of British feminism during the 90s, and having no other role models but the Bindels and Greers are repeating the mistakes and venturing into separatism and male-hatred all over again.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jul 11th, 2008 at 03:47:37 AM EST
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Ah thanks for this, Helen.  I know nothing about the history of feminism at all, but these types of feminists were the ones who kept me from wanting to play any part in campaigning for women's rights for quite some time, even though I was active in the disability movement.  

I at least have enough of a critical eye on the matter to challenge these types when I come across them, although I don't recall many in recent years (around Wales) who have been to this extreme. But then again, I'm not specifically involved with the Women's movement so perhaps I wouldn't be in the right places to come across them.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jul 12th, 2008 at 03:34:39 AM EST
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