radical posture

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.

For the oppressor discovering themselves to be an oppressor may cause considerable anguish, but it does not necessarily lead to solidarity with the oppressed. Rationalizing their guilt through paternalistic treatment of the oppressed, all the while holding them fast in a position of dependence, will not do. Solidarity requires that one enter into the situation of those with whom one is solidary; it is a radical posture.

via Paulo Freire in “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.”

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A violent creature: a boy brought up in a conservative home. He owns two semi automatics just like his father. Shooting squirrels has never phased him but they’re a bitch to clean up so he doesn’t do that so much as takes the piss out of empty cans. They gave you weapons until you are one.

A violent creature: a girl brought up in a suburban self postured radical identified space. Eyeliner sharp enough to kill a man. Target bought pocket knife to off a local rapist. Her concepts of softness loaded with ammunition. They give you weapons until you are one.

anonymous asked:

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?

I would first like to address your opinion that certain Radical Feminist stances (and I’m going to assume you are referring to our Anti-Porn, Sex Critical, Anti-BDSM, and Kink Critical ideologies) are grounded in conservatism or are conservative.

The radical feminist analysis on sex, sexuality, and the sex industries is based upon ending the reenactment, recreation, enforcement and reinforcement, commodification and consumption of domination and subordination in the sexual sphere. Central to this analysis is a belief in ending the eroticizing of male dominance, male power, or male violence, as well as the normalizing of male sadism. A “[c]ommitment to the abolition of male domination [hegemony] in human society,” (University of Idaho) is not a conservative goal, it is a Feminist one and in Radical Feminism being able to accomplish that means including gender abolition and sex industries abolition, which also entails the end of capitalism which “commodifies everything, even misogyny and degradation [e.g.: porn/prostitution/’pornstitution’].“ Anti-capitalism is not conservative, it tilts far more towards the political Left than it ever will towards the political Right, I can promise you that.

Radical Feminists have addressed accusations of being conservative before. An example of this would be feminist scholar and attorney Catharine Mackinnon who had a year 2000 Harvard interview where concerns were expressed about the conservative Right supporting her and Andrea Dworkin’s Anti-Pornography Civil Rights Ordinance. Here’s what was said:

<MelissaBaily> (Tue, March 21, 2000 at 16:15) Here is another question from one of our teaching fellows. I have heard as a criticism of the legislation against porn written by you and Dworkin that it is dangerous because it would probably be most successfully used against feminist writings (they would be the first to be attacked) and because we would be joining forces with and adding power to the religious right, who would also like to get rid of porn, although for different reasons. What do you think?

<CatharineMacKinnon> (Tue, March 21, 2000 at 16:17) Joanna: this is a PR canard spread by the pornographers to scare liberals and people who don’t know how law works. The religious right has never supported the law Andrea Dworkin and I wrote. It is a sex equality law. Sex equality is not high on their agenda. you may have noticed; … The pimps spent over a million dollars one year to get everyone to think what you asked about. Also, the religious right, I don’t think actually wants to get rid of pornography. They have a lot of power. They could, if they wanted to. I think that they, indistinguishably from other male-dominated groups, use it, want it, and like it. Unlike other male-dominated groups, they just want to SAY how much they hate it in public. It’s all posturing.

Radical Feminists are not interested in replacing the currently mainstream misogynistic Porn Culture with the misogynistic conservative Purity Culture (both which are forms of rape culture).

Also, I do not think “new ideas” are needed to fuel change. The building of decades upon decades of feminist theory, concepts, and terminology which is still being developed till this day by activists in and outside of academia is evidence that clearly, there is no lack of ideas.

We KNOW what the system is. bell hooks, a Womanist/Black Feminist, is known for gushing about, “imperialist, white-supremacist, capitalist patriarchy.”

In some papers, systems of male rule has been termed not just “Patriarchy” but Androcracy. In one recent essay I read I came across the term Fratriarchy (rule of the brotherhoods)!

We HAVE the language and concepts to describe our oppressive reality. What we are doing now: educating, raising awareness, trying to engage more and more people in Radical Feminist critique, is just another step towards long-term changes that the generation of 2nd Wave Radical Feminists took before us.

This is not about pessimism, as if change will never happen, it is about patience, because drastic, revolutionary changes can take a long time to achieve.

- XG2, GG

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This is also a nice demonstration of how high heels can radically affect posture, movement, and even attitude. It’s just easier to pop that booty in pumps.