In order to be revolutionary, feminist theory cannot claim to describe what exists, or, “natural facts.” Rather, feminist theories should be political tools, strategies for overcoming oppression in specific concrete situations. The goal, then, of feminist theory, should be to develop strategic theories—not true theories, not false theories, but strategic theories“ Kelly Oliver, feminist philosopher,… Continue reading The Patriarchy
I thought a lot of rhetoric around feminism…..a lot of feminist narratives were conspiracy theories. I thought the concept of patriarchy keeping of us women down and oppressed…..I thought it was a conspiracy theory because it didn’t correspond with the empirical evidence that I experienced in my own life… that I could see with my… Continue reading Patriarchy = Conspiracy Theory?
Not all feminism is toxic. There are feminists with whom it is quite possible to agree on some points and respectfully differ on others. In practice, that is not a problem for either party – it is easy to maintain friendly engagement. Then there are the others, the sort of feminists who have established a… Continue reading Toxic Feminism
(Another Angry Oxbridge Eng Lit Feminist in the Media) In another post, I have commented on the over-representation of English Literature graduates from Oxford and Cambridge in the UK media. Many of these journalists have pronounced feminist leanings – see post The Feminist Glass Escalator. These include Katherine Viner (Guardian editor) Gabby Hinsliff (Guardian), Marina… Continue reading Arwa Mahdawi
*Since I wrote this post Heather Heying and Brett Weinstein have been promoting the use of ivermectin in Covid-19, both as a prophylaxis and an alternative to vaccination. I dissociate myself from this aspect of Heather Heying’s work. Ivermectin is an unfounded and possibly harmful treatment for Covid-19 and vaccination remains the best form of… Continue reading Jordan Peterson and Heather Heying* on Patriarchy