Reality-based feminism: A version that’s based in reality

Ah yes privileged and problems. It’s what’s doing in twenty first century feminism. All these women are privileged and all don’t seem to either get that or are just too busy being sanctimonious that they can’t take a hint. So I’m going to do it for them. If you’re a woman who has access to the internet that in its self is saying something about you. It’s saying that a) you have at least a rudimentary education because you can read and write b) that you can afford a computer c) and can also afford a monthly fee for an internet connection. If you have the time and energy to sit down and write a blog about people’s privilege guess what? You’re privileged. Congratulations! True you might be a feminist blogger that goes to the local library to access a computer and thus the internet but chances are you’re not and why are those chances low? Because most women who have to go to the library to access a computer probably don’t have time to indulge in internet bullshit. Their more likely to be looking for a low paying job with no flextime or some sort of financial help in order survive from day to day. Oh these first world problems. They’re such a drag. You know clean water, police and fire departments on call 24/7, electricity, hospitals with life saving equipment. So let’s all check our privilege at the door because we all have it simply by default.


Today, in a variation on the ongoing, twisty, facepalm-inducing intersectional feminism “debate”, the Guardian reblogged a piece from Louise Mensch’s blog Unfashionista. In it, Mensch accuses those fiendish intersectionalistas of not being sufficiently “reality based”. Intersectional feminists – who are, believe it or not, all British – are too busy checking each other’s privilege to become famous chick lit writers / US secretary of state / vice-important person of a multinational company (basically, anything mega-successful, as long as there’s at least one man above you). American feminists, on the other hand, are ace at this.  

You can see where Mensch is coming from, or rather, you guess see why she takes the position she does. Partly it’s sucking up to the inhabitants of a country she’s just moved to, but there also seems to be something a bit more personal. Basically, if you have a go at feminism…

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