Friday, September 29, 2006

There's no U in Ifeminism

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States Wendy McElroy, the founder of ifeminism.com: "Ifeminists believe that freedom and diversity benefit women, whether or not the choices that particular women make are politically correct. They respect all sexual choices, from motherhood to porn." According to ifeminism, "freedom and choice do not threaten women. Government and orthodoxy do."
From what I saw on the ifeminism web site another name for ifeminism could be "Live and Let Die" feminism. That parallel is reinforced by the articles that were linked on the front page of http://www.ifeminists.com

Accused Denied Due Process in Duke Lacrosse Case? by Wendy McElroy

For Wendy McElroy, the Duke Lacrosse case has become a litmus test for the American justice system and the protections it offers the accused...not from the accuser, but from abusive government officials.

Uppity Men by Carey Roberts

"'I'm as mad as hell and I won't take it anymore!' That pretty well sums up the attitude of many men and women who have become disgusted with feminist-driven, government-enforced intervention into the personal matters of private citizens."

Apparently, this new brand of feminism is disgusted with the gains feminists have made in the last 30 plus years. From the prominence given to the Duke rape defendants, ifeminism could adopt the motto:

No alleged rapist left behind.

I just wonder if these ifeminists are equally disgusted with non-feminist-driven, government-enforced intervention into the personal matters of private citizens. Matters such as a woman's right to control her body before, during and after pregnancy without government-enforced intervention.

If their opposition to government involvement is limited to involvement that could be labeled feminist, their stated opposition to government involvement is a sham and so is using the term feminist. If that's the case, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they just didn't know what to do when they learned that the domain name anti-feminism dot com was taken.

Maybe ifeminism stands for inverse feminism.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:02 AM   2 comments links to this post

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At September 29, 2006 10:47 PM, Blogger witchy-woo said...

Wendy McElroy's a man - or at least she should be, given her politics.

And there are soooo many female male apologists, only seeing the micro view, like her out there - it's sickening.

"Maybe ifeminism stands for inverse feminism." sums it up and is brilliant. Thank you.

 
At October 10, 2006 4:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carey Roberts is pretty often featured at the Ladies Against Feminism site. He's a really sucky writer, too, but I guess if you're against feminism you probably need dicks around for validation.

 

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