THE CONSEQUENCES OF GENDER NON CONFORMITY ARE NOT MAGICALLY A MILLION TIMES WORSE WHEN THEY HAPPEN TO MALES. EVEN GENDER NON CONFORMING MALES BENEFIT FROM MALE PRIVILEGE. EVEN GENDER NON CONFORMING MALES HAVE PRIVILEGE OVER FEMALES. GENDER NON CONFORMING WOMEN ARE NOT REWARDED FOR BEING GENDER NON CONFORMING. THIS IS NOT FUCKING DIFFICULT.
Most of the world’s exploited labor comes from women. Women work in the sweatshops and the giant factories. Women sow and tend and harvest the world’s crops. Women carry and birth and raise children. Women wash and clean and shop and cook. Women care for the sick and the elderly. All of this—layer upon layer of labor—is what makes human society possible. Ripping it off is what makes capitalism possible.
The primacy of women’s labor is normally edited out of political discourse, but it’s a fact beyond dispute. More than half of the world’s women have formal jobs. (In some countries in Asia and Latin America, the percentage is well over 60%.) On top of this, women predominate in millions of illegal and semi-legal “off the books” jobs, where they are normally heavily exploited. Meanwhile, some 70% of women’s labor, worth tens of trillions of dollars a year, is unpaid altogether. Most of the world’s women average 31-42 hours per week on family housework alone. Women “do two-thirds of the world’s work, receive 10% of the world’s income and own 1% of the means of production.”
Throughout history, groups and classes of men have fought over the precious resource of women’s labor. All women, but especially working-class women, who constitute the world’s most valuable source of wealth. Hundreds of millions of these women, the core and majority of the working class, lack any private property or social privilege. They have no ownership, claim or control over the means of production. This sets them apart from the upper stratum of wage workers—labor aristocrats and privileged sectors subsidized from capitalist profits.
Instead, they belong to the “lower and deeper” layers of the working class, compelled to offer their labor up for exploitation within capitalism for sheer survival. This part of the working class stands as capitalism’s main labor force and, historically, its direct antagonist.
Many of these working-class women are paid wages; many are not. Few are paid for all their labor. Most are destitute or economically vulnerable. They labor under extreme duress—facing not only the threat of hunger, but also dependency, slavery and male violence backed up by tradition, family structure and law. Their labor and life experience—and their class position—is often substantially different from that of even the men in their own families.
The multi-sided struggle to own, control and exploit this fantastically profitable labor force is expressed on many levels and in many forms: migrations, wars, genocide, cultural movements, populist rebellions, changes in family structure, colonialism, shifting geopolitical alliances, the rise and fall of governments.
Today, the women at the center of the world working class are experiencing dramatic and fundamental changes in their work lives and their social lives. Capitalism, entering a new phase of development, is remaking the working class. This is where a new revolutionary politics must start.
I also like when people try and prove that certain practices within animal agriculture are crucial to the survival of animals like these animals didn’t survive for hundreds and thousands of years without human intervention.
Did you know that if you don’t take a calf away from their mothers STRAIGHT AWAY the mother cow will fucking trample all over the calf till they die because cows are fucking idiots and have no fucking maternal instincts WHATSOEVER. Sure it makes no evolutionary sense at fucking all for mothers to not have ANY IDEA how to care for their young but fuck it I heard a farmer say it once so it must be true.
That’s the absolute worst. “PIGS ACTUALLY NEED TO BE CRATED AND RESTRAINED FROM MOVING BECAUSE OTHERWISE THEY WILL ROLL ALL OVER THEIR BABIES AND SQUISH THEM ALL TO DEATH!!! IT’S ACTUALLY DONE TO SAVE PIGS!! brb I gotta go slit all these pigs’ throats.”
As if, what, pigs would go extinct if they weren’t kept in gestation/farrowing crates? Because pigs have never existed and don’t ever live outside of cages anywhere in the world? Wild pigs don’t exist? And you, a farmer who kills pigs for a living, is really interested in preserving their lives and protecting them? Yeah okay. Shut the fuck up. How can people honestly be that fucking stupid and willfully ignorant?
I’m tired of explaining to men that the feminist movement will, in fact, benefit them as well as women. I’m tired of trying to hawk gender equality like I’m some kind of car salesman showing off a shiny new sedan, explaining all of its bells and whistles. I’m tired of smiling through a thousand thoughtless microaggressions, tired of providing countless pieces of evidence, tired of being questioned on every. Single. Damn. Thing. I’m tired of proving that microaggressions exist, tired of proving that I’m unfairly questioned and asked for proof. For a movement that’s centered around the advancement and empowerment of women, why do I feel like I’m supposed to spend so damn much of my time carefully considering how what I say and do will be taken by men?
I’m tired of men who insert themselves into feminist spaces with claims of hurt feelings. I’m tired of men who somehow manage to make every issue about them. I’m tired of men like the one who recently stopped by a friend’s Facebook thread in order to call feminism “c*nty”, then lecture the women involved for being too “hostile” in their responses to him. I’m tired of men telling me that my understanding of feminism and rape culture are wrong, as if these aren’t things that I have studied intensely. I’m tired of men who claim to be feminist allies, then abuse that position to their own advantage. I’m so fucking exhausted by the fact that I know that I will have to, at some point in this piece, mention that I understand that not all men are like that. I will have to note that some men are good allies. And all of those things are true! And all of you good allies get cookies! But honestly, I’m tired of handing out cookies to people just because they’re decent fucking human beings.”—Anne Thériault, I’m Not Your Feminist Mommy & I’m Tired of Holding Your Hand (via alwaysinyouratmosphere)
the “you live with your parents” insult is really flaccid because a metric shitton of cultures don’t see “leave the house forever” as some grandiose moment of liberation that’s so important to the development of a person that it has to happen as fast as possible. until i came to the USA i didn’t know a single person who was pressured by their parents to leave the house because they’re “too old to stay there” or whatever. in puerto rico it is really common to stay with your parents until they and you are both stable enough that you can leave. whaddaya know, there are cultures that don’t place a stigma on being poor or wanting to care for your family or needing your family to care for you for some other reason.
when a man makes his living talking about misogyny, or a white person gets praised for taking a stand against racism, or a heterosexual gets an award for challenging homophobia, and other people brush off any criticism by saying, “at least someone is talking about these issues, and that’s what matters,” they are erasing years and years of work done by members of the oppressed groups to get others to recognise their situation. not having anyone talk about homophobia or misogyny or racism was never the problem, not being listened to was.
You don’t get to write your *~*own version of feminism*~* this is a POLITICAL MOVEMENT it has clear definitions and boundaries historically established by the women who went before us.
This personalisation/depoliticising of feminism gets called “liberal feminism” but it’s actually not feminism at all as it does not fit within the historically-defined limitations of the movement.
For hundreds of years feminism/women’s lib/suffrage has always been political.
Different sects have had different opinions on certain nuances of how this is politically acted out, this is true.
BUT it’s always been political. It is a political movement. It is an ideology that requires macro analysis and action.
If it’s not political and it’s not prioritising women it’s not feminism.
And as I said, there may be places at which we disagree on how this plays out, but essentially what I’m saying is that WORDS MEAN THINGS and our current definitions are too broad to be either useful or historically representative of our movement.
The result is that entirely apolitical, selfish actions are now being called “feminist” resulting in a watering-down of the movement.
People are worried about the negative connotations of being a feminist and I think this is what has caused this issue - because lipstick feminism is exceedingly palatable.
Powerful political movements aren’t palatable. They aren’t warm and fuzzy and cute and cuddly. That shit doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t make life better for women. It doesn’t free women from patriarchal domination.
Stop using feminism as a word you apply to your actions in order to satiate your guilt over benefiting from the exploitation of less fortunate, less conforming women.