All this nonsense about whether prolife women can be feminist is such liberal identity bullshit. Feminism is a political movement, not an identity. If you don’t agree with the central aims of a political movement, you aren’t part of that political movement. I don’t go around calling myself a conservative and then getting offended when people point out that I don’t actually support the goals of conservatism. You’re entitled to your opinion, of course, but you’re not entitled to lay claim to a political descriptor that doesn’t accurately describe you and then throw a fit when someone points this out.

Women who don't want babies

• are not selfish
• are not less of a woman
• are not weird
• are not immature
• won’t necessarily change her mind
• won’t necessary be a lonely old lady
• “a lonely old crazy cat lady” is a patriarchal asshole stereotype:):):):)
• doesn’t necessarily hate kids
• doesn’t need to give you an explanation

Just to clarify: the word ‘‘radical’‘ in radical feminism is not meant to imply violence or anarchy or chaos. It derives from the latin word radix which means ‘’root’’. ‘‘Radical’‘ is then supposed to imply going to the root of patriarchy, finding the deeper structure of systems of oppression and dismantling them from the inside out. Apparently, for some ppl this is synonymous with ‘‘scary’‘ and ‘‘extreme’‘

Lena Dunham, one of many woke, rich, Clinton-supporting celebrities who apparently do not impress the voters of Wisconsin, mourned that white women had been “so unable to see the unity of female identity”. But there is no unity of female identity and there never has been. Clinton believed her major appeal was her gender. She also counted on women to be offended by Trump’s misogyny. But it turns out “woman” isn’t much of an identity – or even basis for solidarity – in itself. Feminism has to deal with women in all their diversity. While there’s no doubt that one percenters like Lena Dunham and Katy Perry are bummed out by the election results, they are not affected by it in the same way as a woman operating a pile driver outside of Cleveland, an undocumented nanny from Honduras or an anti-abortion evangelical woman in Tulsa.

all those self-care posts would be so much better if they didn’t include getting dolled up, putting on make-up etc. honestly in a society where women’s mental health already relies on their appearence this is such an unnecessary thing to advise people to do. like i get it, applying makeup can be comforting for some people (including myself) but why exactly? why do we never question why changing our natural faces makes us feel more confident, and instead just accept this as something that just is and can’t be changed? when i’m feeling sad or anxious the last thing i want to do is care about my appearence tbh. it’s so incredibly important and mentally healing to accept that your natural face without makeup is beautiful. and it’s possible to pamper yourself without putting on makeup. taking off your makeup however is the biggest liberation and empowerment. 

Some thoughts on my past libfem life

When I was a liberal feminist I didn’t see any radfem material. Anywhere. Ever. Serious like, tunnel vision. Libfems with their strict blacklisting rules keep their spaces spick and span. And the people doing the curating, they must see the radfem content and block it off from their followers. But I think to myself, how can they read radical analysis and not click with it?

When I was a libfem, I never was one of those gung ho OP IS A TERF creeps. I kept to myself, I didn’t really comment or engage cuz I was too afraid to talk to anyone or get something wrong and be yelled at. I quietly reblogged things from smitethepatriarchy and misandry mermaid and their ilk like a good little libfem, but I weirdly never saw a whoooole lot of “terf” bashing.
Well, I did.
But I’d never seen a “terf” or any of their posts, so I didn’t *really* take that much notice. I’d never seen them for myself.

The bashing posts were kinda like fireside ghost stories or urban legends. There was a lot of anger, criticism and denouncing of these so called “terfs”, a lot of information on how awful, scary, mean, and horrible they were. I was never offered examples or receipts but I just figured they were people I’d wanna avoid.

I didn’t actually know “terf” meant radical feminism. I only understood it as meaning someone who thought trans women were men. Which was crazy because, of course they’re women! I legitimately saw them as women. I was obedient.
So I just thought it mean to exclude them from feminism.
I did not know that these were supposed to be radical feminists. Which is quite funny, and lucky, because when I did find a radical feminist blog for the first time, I didn’t automatically reel in horror or block it. I didn’t know what I was reading. First impressions – intimidating. Kinda scary. All the talk about “learning” or baby radfems, it sounded strict and foreboding. But the things I read I agreed with. It was written in language that was stark, no nonsense, straight forward, no embellishing or slogan type language (The blog in question was Femonade, or lol) but I found it making sense in a new way, like a sunrise over a mountain. (??? Don’t ask) and I realise now that had I been deeper into libfem circles I may never have had my mind opened.

I just. I LEARNED stuff! I never learned anything as a libfem! It was just the same shite over and over, and supporting Trans women was held as the highest virtue. Everything else was second - misogyny, women’s issues. I was never encouraged to read books or seek out literature, to question, to think,

As soon as I stepped into radical feminism my reading list was nearing fifty books! I still haven’t gotten all the way through it. I started finding sound, mature, powerful voices of reason for the first time. Andrea dworkin ripped me apart. Sheila Jeffreys, intimidatingly smart. Countless others I stumbled upon afterwards. I found ties to feminist history, women’s history, women’s pride and power, echoing words of truth and strength, nothing id ever seen in libfem hell. It’s like comparing tomes of timeless literature to tabloid gunk. Literally Laverne cox is the most boring person on earth ??

I dunno this is a weird ramble but i just wish that there wasn’t such a raging blacklist trend in libfem circles because we might then have so many more people wanting to learn about radical feminism and the truth about women’s oppression.

I didn’t even know what a terf was! I didn’t know a thing about radical feminism! Not a thing. And I would have obeyed an order to block someone. I might have been kept from radical feminism if I wasn’t so fucking socially awkward. And it’s the best thing that ever happened to me.

This whole “op is a terf” thing is a huge, massive obstacle that we as feminists face. I just hope more women slip through the cracks like I did.