This one hopefully doesn’t require quite so much clarification as ‘communism’ or ‘anarchism’. For those who like to categorise, I cautiously identify with the idea of ‘radical feminism’, especially ‘second-wave’ writings that see the gender-system as sharing structural features with the class system and seek to understand it as something deeply rooted in society.
That said, I try to stay neutral on most of the ‘porn wars’ topics, so I’m not a ‘radfem’ in the way that this term identifies one side of that debate.
Women have acheived formal equality in some areas of the world. That is certainly a substantial advance. But they have not in any country acheived full equality. Even in countries like Canada, society is organised by men around men.
Consequently, ‘feminism’ is not, or at least is not on this blog, about securing equality between men and women in a basically ok system which happens to sometimes be skewed against women, as a result of a random smattering of people who are, as individuals, sexist, out of ignorance or personal character.
Feminism is the resistance to and assault on patriarchy: an organised, centuries-old system of male domination, a system which has conditioned the development of every part of society, and which is more powerful than any single individual.
This system has been forced to adapt by the gains of the women’s liberation movement. It has not been abolished.
Some posts of mine concerning feminism:
A few posts about what a non-patriarchal world might look like
A few posts about Shulamith Firestone’s Radical Feminist book, The Dialectic of Sex