February 07, 2006

One of the problems with some modern Feminism(s)...

The recent issue in Japan strikes me as representative of the problems of feminism(s) in many liberal countries. They are seeking to have the right for female heirs to ascend the Crysanthemum Throne when they should, instead, be seeking to abolish it. I find it ironic that some of these feminists are seeking sexual equality within classes rather than complete equality for classes.

Disclaimer: I realise that "Feminism" is heterogenous. I realise that some forms of "Feminism" have some forward-thinking ideals and feminists do some great work. I am speaking of a kind of feminism (or some of the forms of feminism) which predominently exist within Western Europe and the US which either miss the point of equality or attempt to find gender inequality issues in places where no such inequality exists.

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  1. Why should feminism and traditionalism have to be mutually exclusive?

    Indeed, why does a feminist have to be concerned with any form of equality but that of gender? Is it impossible to find a racist feminist, etc.?

    In fact, looking at it the other way (and this is more to provoke debate than anything else): according to many definitions, a "feminist" is actually a person (of either gender) concerned with placing woman above man in society, rather than on an equal footing.

    07 Feb 2006, 22:16

  2. Begonia

    Simon, could you cite a some of those "many" definitions?

    To me, feminism is about liberating us all from something called patriarchy It's not placing at all about placing "woman above man"...

    11 Feb 2006, 02:43

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