poorandweird wrote:You bring up a valid criticism of feminism, where there's been definite instances of not acknowledging POC and trans* experiences, as well as ableism.
This is one reason why feminism in general doesn't sit right with me. Having one... what's the word? Branch of philosophy? Movement? Set of ideals? For all females, doesn't make sense for me.
My experience as a female is probably different to that of a female in Iran. It's different to that of a female working in the mines, it's different to that of a female who is quadriplegic, a female who is an immigrant, etc. "Females" are just about half the world, and feminism gives me the impression that we should all feel an affinity for each other; that we all face similar issues, that we're all discriminated against in the same way. And I just can't agree with that.
I'm all for calling out sexism when it appears, and doing something to try and counter it. The way women as a whole are treated in some countries is definitely disgusting. But, particularly in this country, I also see a fair bit of sexism toward men (the notion that there'll all potential rapists/wife-beaters/paedophiles, the way many are falsely accused of sexual violence, the unfair treatment of fathers and husbands in the family court system). I'm against all of that, but I don't call myself a "masculinist". Which I guess explains why I can't rightly call myself a "feminist" either. I don't think either sex (and this ignores many aspects of trans and intersex issues, on which I don't have the knowledge to speak, so I apologise) is automatically at a disadvantage all the time.