Friday, August 1, 2014

Recommended Reading

Early on in my feminist career, I frequently fell into the trap of trying to assert a rigid definition of feminism. This usually happened when anti-feminists or general assholes put forth a clearly incorrect definition of feminism. But like many words that describe movements or concepts, there is no one definition, and there need not be.

This is explained much better by brilliant feminist writer Mikki Kendall, whose piece on Beyoncé and the imprecise nature of feminism.

Why Beyoncé’s Feminism Is the Same As Yours: Unconventional and Flawed


And that brings us into the messy reality that often someone’s politics and their kinks can be at odds. Does that make casual references to violent men and domestic violence okay? No. But you’d be hard pressed to find anyone with feminist values who ascribes to them in every aspect of their lives. In fact, feminist theory is rife with internal conflicts over what attire, what jobs, what relationships, even what kind of political party affiliations are feminist. Like anyone else, Beyoncé’s feminism is tailored to suit her upbringing, her experiences, and her life. None of us are The Ultimate Feminist—in fact there is no such thing. So why do we expect a pop star to be a model of an impossible concept?

Please click the link, read the whole thing, and share.

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