Identity has become the axis of so much university activism because, for all the radical posturing associated with it, identity politics does not threaten the established order of society. It promotes a moralistic and self-indulgent anti-politics, where a person’s use of language and the purity of their thinking matters more than confronting collectively the material conditions and social relations under which they are forced to live. It creates a simulation of political struggle - one that doesn’t merely fail to challenge the material inequality and unfreedom of late capitalism, but fundamentally aligns with the dynamics and interests of its atomised, spectacle-driven society. It is a perfect mirror of consumerism, playing-upon the individual’s desires for real freedom, only to perpetuate and prettify the conditions of their alienation.
What are your thoughts on being considered the old pessimistic shoe's of feminism? THe thing is, I believe with many radfem ideas (not all), but when it gets to the point that your views are not considered "radical" but "conservative"…what next? With all the issues facing women still, new ideas are needed to create change - the "stop doing that" or "I don't agree with…" - does not work (and it's getting old) - what next for radfems?