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Title Re-defining Feminisms
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ISBN/ISSN 81-316-0123-4
Author(s) V. Bharathi Harishankar - Personal Name
V. Bharthi Harishankar - Personal Name
Subject(s) Feminisms
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Language English
Publisher Rawat Publications
Publishing Year 2008
Publishing Place Jaipur
Abstract/Notes I’m a feminist. There, I said it. I don’t like saying it though. It scares me. To me, it’s like a murder confession, or yelling “bomb” or “terrorist” at the airport. Maybe less dramatic, but it’s still a dangerous statement to make. Whenever someone says that they’re a feminist, a natural tendency is to immediately recoil in response. We’ve all seen and heard of feminists who don’t shave or who don’t believe in the institution of marriage because they feel this robs a woman of her individuality. When you hear feminist in your head, you do not think of an independent woman standing up for equality. You hear a red alert signal going off in your brain. “Step away from the feminist.”
That’s why I dislike telling people I’m a feminist. I’ve heard stories of feminists who take things too far, and honestly speaking, they’re crazy. I recently read some of the work by Andrea Dworkin, an American radical feminist, who argued that all sex sums up to rape. Similarly, a popular example of feminist graffiti reads, “women have their faults, men have only two: everything they say and everything they do.”
A male colleague of mine recently pointed out that while he considers himself a feminist, he feels uncomfortable vocalizing this because it sometimes feels as though feminists hate men. Another colleague wittily remarked that feminists seem to be able to touch everything, yet no one can touch feminism. Radical feminism has become abrasive, rejecting entirely and aggressively any form of criticism – as a result, feminists are seen as a group of women with double standards whose arguments can be necessarily disqualified. This is the state of radical feminism today.

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