I haven't been well enough to blog this past week, but happened upon this blog entry tonight that discusses many of the same issues touched on in my recent post 'Liberated Women?'.
I have to applaud 'infinitethought' of the Long Sunday for such frank commentary:
Feminism TM is the perfect accompaniment to femme-capital TM: Politics, such as it isn't, belongs to the well-balanced individual (the happy shopper), sassiness is like, so where it's at (consumer confidence) and, most of all, one must never, ever admit to cracks in the facade (oh, you know, ideology). This foundation is flawless! And it lasts all night! Unlike men, titter, titter, etc. etc. Capitalism makes a better lover than any guy - it's full of shoes, and Sex in the City DVDs and gossip mags and, like, now we've proved that eating chocolate is more exciting than kissing...but didn't we know that all along, girls?...The world is ours for the taking...just let me finish this packet of Maltesers first...
Today's puff piece for equality by Jessica Valenti informs us that not only does feminism do wonders for one's flat ('as I was getting ready for the photoshoot for this article, the guy I'm dating...tidied up for me so the photographer wouldn't see what a tip my apartment is at the weekends'), it actually makes life more fun. You see, girls, it's not all about grim-faced non-shaving and being a bit angry. Feminism can, ohmigodnoway, totally help you out. Take Valenti's job description, for instance: 'I have an amazing group of women friends who spend their days speaking out against sexist idiocy - and who also happily dance their asses off with me when we're out clubbing.'
Stripped of any internationalist and political quality, feminism becomes about as radical as a diamanté phone cover. Valenti 'truly believes' that feminism is necessary for women 'to live happy, fulfilled lives'. Slipping down as easily as a friendly-bacteria yoghurt drink, Valenti's version of feminism, with its total lack of structural analysis, genuine outrage or collective demand, believes it has to compliment capitalism in order to effectively sell its product. When she claims that 'ladies, we have to take individual action', what she really means is that it's every woman for herself, and if it is the Feminist-brand woman who gets the nicest shoes and the chocolatiest sex, then that's just too bad for you, sister.
Please visit Long Sunday to read the entirety of 'Two Sides of the Same Con' by infinitethought.
Down with feel-good-feminism.