—Julia Serano, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (“Barrette Manifesto,” pg 316)
—Julia Serano | Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (2007)
if your feminism does not actively advocate for and with women of color, your feminism is shit
if your feminism does not actively advocate for and with trans* women, your feminism is shit
if your feminism does not actively advocate for and with disabled women, your feminism is shit
if your feminism does not actively advocate for and with financially disadvantaged women, your feminism is shit
no questions asked
there will be no revolution for women if you willingly ignore and scorn your sisters in favor of a “feminism” that is more palatable to your privilege
Hillary Clinton, on the recent Republican “insane bout of mass misogyny”.
Anti-femme culture (and feminists aren’t immune to this) thinks the effort put into femme presentation is a waste of time and energy – or, at the very least, time and energy that could have been spent doing something more important. Anti-femme culture thinks “pretty” probably means “dumb” even when struggling against a culture obsessed with an impossibly narrow beauty standard. Anti-femme culture thinks you can’t do math AND do your nails.
We are humans! We contain multitudes! I do not think it is a problem that teenaged girls are interested in experimenting with presentation via fashion; I think it’s ridiculous and misogynist that they are ONLY encouraged to do that – and that boys don’t have the same freedom of expression.
THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS.
Femininity is not bad. Masculinity is not bad. Not understanding the cultural influences that uphold traditional gender roles might be a little bit bad, but as long as you’re cognizant of your privilege and work to be a good ally to those who don’t fit quite so neatly in the gender binary, there is nothing wrong with being a feminine woman (and if anyone tells you that you’re not a good feminist for ‘experimenting with presentation via fashion,’ you should feel free to subject them to an hour-long lecture and/or punch them in the face).
We should be celebrating femininity (inhabited by people of any gender), just as we celebrate masculinity. To do otherwise is to imply that femininity is somehow less than, and that’s just misogyny personified.
So: ROCK THOSE PRETTY NAILS.
(Oh, and everyone, regardless of whether or not they do their nails, should try to do math.
Math is important. )