Lately, I’ve been finding some MAJOR misconceptions about feminism out there in my internet surfing. I’m talking, REALLY REALLY MAJOR. I know that “feminism” as a social movement is highly political, but I’ve been really surprised at some of what I’ve seen lying about in cyberspace about feminism and feminists. So, I’m going to post a couple of links here, to a couple of feminist bloggers who have kindly opened the floor to questions from people about feminism. The questions they have received have been, mostly, genuine and earnest, as have their responses. If you have ever had a question about feminism, I encourage you to read these posts/threads through.
Normally, I *think* I try to answer people’s questions and comments with respect and candour (save for a couple of times when I felt particularly antagonized/vilified/annoyed). But, I know there are lots of people who surf my blog and do not comment (hello out there!), and perhaps some of these folks might feel intimidated by a lack of academic lingo or just general background knowledge about what I’m talking about. And so, I’m going to follow suit with my feminist blogger fellows, and offer to answer any question you might have about feminism.
One caveat: if you’re asking, don’t be disingenous, and be civil. I will answer in good faith and with civility if I feel you are asking in good faith and being civil. Otherwise, please don’t bother: this is not an invitation for anti-feminist/misogynist trolls to slam feminist ideology. If you persist, be warned: I can give as good as you’ve got, and if things get out of hand, I will simply apply universal comment moderation to this post, your comments won’t get through, and you’ll have wasted all that energy.
And, as Molly says, I do not claim to represent all feminists in all their various forms.
so, here’s your chance to ask anything you’ve ever wanted to know about feminism. I’ll do my best to answer. Have at it.