Truth To (Feminist) Power
April 25, 2011 2 Comments
“Feminism has fought no wars. It has killed no opponents. It has set up no concentration camps, starved no enemies, practiced no cruelties. Its battles have been for education, for the vote, for better working conditions.. for safety on the streets… for child care, for social welfare… for rape crisis centers, women’s refuges, reforms in the law. If someone says ‘Oh, I’m not a feminist,’ I ask ‘Why? What’s your problem?’”
– Dale Spender
What’s my problem? (And this is a self-identified feminist talking) Oh, I don’t know, the constant restructuring of history and currency to forget those feminism has trampled on in the name of anti-oppression work (I’m a woman of color, in feminism- at least that presented in the above context- this is still a disadvantage).
While I acknowledge what feminism is and why it is, let’s not forget the full breath of the history.