This is not feminism

Having a lot of women on the ballot does not mean we are more feminist than before. If anything, the quality of the women on the ballot is an indicator that our feminism is declining. The combination of being female and progressive has been deemed to be threatening to the vast majority of the country. I truly believe that if the Dems thought they could win with a progressive woman of color or progressive and lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, they would do so. And perhaps they will find one eventually. The people who oppose the things Democrats support (social services for all citizens, equal rights, some measure of economic equality) are also virulently racist, and there are enough people who support the Democratic agenda who are also racist, sexist, and homophobic that being progressive and female has become “divisive.”

But let’s look at the crop of female candidates this year: Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Carly Fiorina. Could these women be any more anti-woman? They don’t believe a woman has a right to say whether she wants to get an abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. They don’t believe is supporting workers’ rights or keeping jobs in this country. They don’t believe that people deserve health care. They even support a legislative agenda that would make life harder for mothers – the very people they claim to represent. These last three issues are feminist issues because the majority of people who suffer when workers suffer and when people don’t have health care are poor and non-white. And real feminism is about standing up for people who are denied access to resources and rights – women, people of color, and poor people.

The women who are winning Republican primaries are doing so not because of feminism – but because of right now, white privilege and money are triumphing over feminism. And that is fundamentally bad for our country.


~ by realsupergirl on September 15, 2010.

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