Radical feminism holds a dear place in my heart, but often it gets characterized by others to be some kind of man-hating and trans-hating cult. I want to change that. I want to create a space and community for radical feminism outside of Tumblr, and outside of Reddit, where it has been co-opted by other activists into stereotypes and other unsavory things.
Some definitions + where I stand
At its core, feminism is about gender equality -- raising women and other underrepresented genders to a place of respect and equity in all spheres of life -- opposing patriarchal oppression. Radical feminism operates under the thought that the patriarchy is the primary source of oppression for women and other underrepresented genders. Radical feminism aims to reform or "change the roots" of sex and gender based oppression. Related to radical feminism, Marxist feminism or socialist feminism operates under the thought that female oppression is defined by economic factors in line with Marxist or other socialist ideas.
I would consider myself a Marxist radical feminist -- at some point in the future I will go into more detail about my Marxist ideology but for now: I believe in class struggle and I believe that capitalism is inherently exploitive and unjust. My brand of feminism combines aspects of both radical feminism and Marxist theory. The patriarchy and sex and gender related oppression has existed long before capitalism, but capitalism has contributed (significantly) to the subjugation of women and other underrepresented genders. Feminism has a large front line; it has battles on social, political and economic/class fronts.
A note about TERFs
TERF is an abbreviation for trans exclusionary radical feminist. TERFs or gender critical feminists do not recognize sex and gender as separate aspects of identity and therefore see trans-activism as sexism and counter-productive to feminism. Trans-women are viewed by TERFs to be imposters and not "real women." TERFs co-opt biology and dated theories about gender and sex to inform their opinions. I am not a TERF -- it is possible to be a radical feminist and still support trans-activism.
From here on out, you've been warned: I'm not here to make friends. I'm here to talk about radical feminism and other leftist ideas. Please stick around and subscribe to my email list if this is something you're interested in -- its just a low-key monthly-ish newsletter with featured content and potentially some extra goodies like podcasts. I look forward to our future conversations!
Rebekah L. Markillie
a PDX based creative who enjoys reading books, contemplating the oxford comma and rolling for initiative.
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