Hi, sorry if this sounds stupid, but could you explain radical feminism to me? I am a feminist and from an assumption radical sounds like extremist? Like "I hate men"? Correct me if I'm wrong I just want to be educated!
This isn’t a silly question at all and I’m always happy to discuss this with women!
Radical Feminists aim to get to the “root” of patriarchy and eliminate male supremacy in all aspects of society. Radfems believe in sex based oppression ie the oppression of women is linked directly to our bodies and more specifically our reproductive capabilities. They believe that gender is a tool of patriarchy used to control women that we are socialised into. They believe that gender should not exist and females are caged by femininity. Radfems oppose the sexual objectification of women and are therefore against the porn and sex industries and the exploitation of female bodies. Radfems are against all forms of male violence towards women and the goal is to liberate women from patriarchal control.
To me, radical feminism is not extreme - it’s logical. It is the only brand of feminism which has truly challenged me to think critically about my own life and then women’s lives in general. Part of radical feminism is understanding how deeply male supremacy is imbedded in our societies and how all males have been socialised view women as, at best, lesser than themselves and, at worse, as completely inhuman. This can be very hard to accept especially when women have been socialised to prioritise men our entire lives. Understanding patriarchy can be very jarring and painful, so yes lots of radfems do hate men for what they do to women and what they benefit from.
This is very brief and if you have any more questions feel free to ask! I wish you the best of luck in your radfem journey 💕