Ally & Feminist & Traitor

Ally for All

Love is love. 'Nuff said.

Feminist

The point of the word feminist, and the feminist movement, has never been to say that women are better than men. The point is that women and things associated with women have been given a lesser place in society and we want to bring those things up to a place of equality.

The focus is on the feminine because that is what is being pushed down. However, focusing on the feminine does not mean we're focusing only on women. Men are belittled and called "less of a man" anytime they portray a trait that is associated with femininity. If women and the feminine were seen as equal to men and the masculine this would not happen.

Feminism is about raising up things associated with females to have an equal place in society as things associated with males. It's called feminism, not equalism, because the focus is on raising up and not tearing down. Equalism would suggest that male things need to come down to a lower level so that female things can meet them in the middle. That's not the point.

The point is to raise up the feminine so it is on the same playing field that the masculine is already on. Feminists don't want men to lower themselves, they just want them to make room for women.

Traitor to the System

I'm a middle-aged, upper-middle class white, able-bodied cis-guy -- sort of the freaking poster child for privilege. As I learn to shut up, sit down, back off, and really listen to the voices of those around me, I'm learning our societal systems are in need of change. So if you're a person of privilege like me, don't expect me to get on your bandwagon. Instead, I invite you to sit down next to me and listen to the voices around us. We've been in power for way too long. It's long-past time to use that power to make things better.

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