In comments on Chris Clarke’s post about why he does not refer to himself as feminist, Dr. Virago said this:
I guess all I’m trying to say is that if you conclude that only some people (i.e., women) have the right to claim themselves “feminist” then you make feminism itself much less politically viable. You also reify the very gender categories that feminism seeks to undo.
On the contrary, I think you emphasize the experiential knowledge that feminism seeks to communicate. Women have the most direct contact with misogyny, and the greatest personal stake in ending misogyny. I get kinda suspicious if people-otherwise-known-as-straight call themselves queer activists; there’s a disturbing subsequent tendency on their part to arrogate the right to speak to my problems and my needs.