If there could be said to be a single cohesive idea behind (Mainstream) Feminism [See ed note], I think it would be that feminism is the pursuit of gender equality. But Equality is a highly contentious concept. Are we seeking distributional equality? Equality of outcomes? Equality of welfare? Equality of opportunity? Do you value preferences? What role does responsibility play in determining the fair allocation of society’s resources.
This isn’t just an idle question. [Although, I for one LOVE idle questions.] I think our differences of opinion in the underlying philosophy of equality sparks some of our most vigorous debates from the porn wars to the “mommy wars” to religious controversies. Interrogating our differing perspectives may give us greater insight into why we disagree and where we can find common ground.
Last year I asked you what you believe a just world would look like and it led to a pretty awesome conversation. In that same spirit I want to ask you what you think an equal world would look like.
I think the conversation worked really well last time, so I’m going to use the same moderation policy:
In keeping with the free flow of ideas, I’d appreciate if we could not interrogate these perspectives at least not at first. If someone says something superfucked, email me at mskristenj at gmail dot com. I promise I’ll take it down. But I think there’s a lot to learn from one another (even in our brokenness) and I’d love it if everyone, even those who may not know the lingo or those who typically lurk for fear of fucking up, had a chance to speak.
[Ed Note: In the comments acidicimpish pointed out that the term originally used here “*F*eminism” is a specific term coined by Ms. MMM/bfp that is inappropriate in this context. I haven’t able to find a link to its first usage, but I did find this article which essentially outlines bfp’s usage of the term as a critique of feminism. [S&F Online]
If anyone can point me in the right direction, I’ll update the post with the correct link. And my apologies for using the term thoughtlessly.]
And as inspiration…Chi wearing antlers.