Is it Feminist to be a Power Feminist?
Just as we ask many questions about what it means to be a feminist, power feminist, or any other group that takes roots in feminism, it is apparent that these groups themselves are asking the same questions. Just in our text book alone there are almost a dozen types of feminist groups that have different stances on nearly every single issue in feminism. Outside of the text book there dozens more small feminist groups as well that surely do not see eye to on every issue either.
Some vocal “power feminists” that are listed in our “Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender, and Culture” by Julia Wood include Naomi Wolf and Katie Roiphe. These women both argue that the only thing holding back women is the artificial sense of inferiority and false sense of victimhood that many of them have in regards to how society sees them. Naomi Wolf argues that women should “stop thinking of themselves as victims”(84). Roiphe argues that by having non-violent protests against rape and sexual harassment along with Take Back the Night marches proclaims that women see themselves as victims. She ignores that fact that many women can see these events as uplifting and empowering for women. I don’t think it is very fair for these two women to say that they represent all women because they are both white and middle class as mentioned in the book, however I do believe they have the right to call themselves whatever they so choose. If they really do think women should stop seeing themselves as victims and they practice what they preach, then I believe it is fair for them to say that they are power feminists despite not fitting the demographics of many women who have gone through discrimination. However, I am not a woman nor do I fit any demographic other than white or middle class so it would be very interesting to hear the opinion of a woman who is not white or middle class. I was able to find a blog titled “a woman against feminism” where the title matches exactly what this woman posts. As I first started reading some of her blog posts I kept thinking to myself that she sounds like a power feminist because she keeps talking like she is sick of feminists feeling sorry for themselves. She mentioned that many statistics that feminists bring up can be looked at in more than one way, however that is true for nearly anything. This blog is a great example of how many power feminists feel. She has a quote from another power feminist by the name of Susan Brownmiller that states “rape is nothing more or less than a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear.” They believe that the only thing holding women back is themselves and this false sense of fear that they have.
For a movement to be considered feminist I believe it has to have intentions of improvement for women in some shape or form, whether that improvement is simply just awareness or something concrete. Women have every right to fight for...