On the one hand the lesbian is reduced to the Western other and declared not to be a citizen of the country within any socio-cultural-historical-cosmological context. But on the other hand the heterosexual business executive is very much the result of an economic order arising out of a ‘Western’ context, yet his Indianness is never called into question.
The global advertising industry, the sex industry, the trafficking in girls and women industry are about the institutionalisation of heterosexuality as dollars for tourism and a way of providing for that group of highly mobile, cashed up men who take for granted easy access to women’s bodies.
It’s a sad life when u cannot separate radfem politics from everyday life sometimes. Who has the will to be angry about everything all the damn time.
Patriarchy is everywhere, so no you can’t separate radical feminist politics from everyday life. But you do need to find a way to in this world. I find the only way I can is to get involved in activism. I need to be fighting it.
It is crucial to remember … that [many] “creation” myths are not about the origins of the world at all, but about the origins of patriarchy which has, nonetheless claimed itself as the world.
And when we (lesbians) are not assimilated – not part of them, we are afflicted with illness, criminality, abnormality. It’s fine so long as we shut up or play the exotic and erotic role of lipstick or SM lesbian.
HETEROPATRIARCHY: GLOBALISATION, THE INSTITUTION OF HETEROSEXUALITY AND LESBIANS
The feminist aim is to render the phallus impotent, to sever its connection with the penis, and to ensure that the latter is reduced to nothing but anatomy.
Denise Thompson 1991 Reading Between the Lines: A lesbian
feminist critique of feminist accounts of sexuality, p. 15
…how few are willing to give up the power relationship. Even
the powerless cling to the ideology, in the hope that as long as
the idea exists they have hope of escaping powerlessness by
achieving someway, somehow, powerfulness. Of course, as
long as the conceptual framework of “power” itself is valued
(especially, if valued by the Oppressed!) none of us has any
There will always be women only space, as long as we have patriarchy. There will always be women who resist.
Being a woman is not an identity. I think Elizabeth Hungerford nails it in this blog post.
I also think feminism is about liberation. But I will post more about this later in the week. If men want to support feminism, great. I don’t silence them, I just don’t let them dominate.