Society’s current hatred of women has been taught and it can be untaught. There are many ways women can resist, from making our voices heard by standing against Self ID and harmful trans ideology, to rejecting gender stereotypes and the beauty ideal, the war against women can be fought even within society that is still a patriarchy.
But women’s true liberation will never be gained under patriarchy.
To get it we have to overthrow the system of control that is exercised through male dominance. Male control of our legal system, medical system, political system, education system, and monetary system all must be infiltrated and the unequal balance of power redressed to even ensure women get a seat at the table.
Even this will not be enough, as the system itself, Capitalism, and the exploitative way we pollute the enviroment, harm the earth, and do business, politics, and trade, all need to end, as they are harmful to women.
There are many battles that must be fought and won, if we want to see total liberation for women, utterly everywhere. This includes a total overthrow of the capitalist system, and a reversal of the privilege system that favours men over women.
Matriarchal cultures exist and have existed. They are not society’s run by “evil man hating demons from hell” they are successful, indigeneous, largely peaceful societies that flourish because they favour women over men, which has been proven to manage men’s worst traits.
If favouring one group over another sounds shocking to you, I hope you’re more than shocked by your current existence, and the historical precedent patriarchy has set of heavily favouring men over women.
Men have been favoured over women for centuries in our current Western society, a patriarchy, yet the current status quo is perpetually touted, particularly by men, as the only right way.
Except it’s not the right way, at least not for women.
Women everywhere are subjected to a catalogue of horrors; murder, rape, sexual slavery, harassment, misogyny, revenge porn, discrimination in the workplace, unpaid domestic servitude, body shaming, and objectification. Not to mention silencing and ridicule if we attempt to speak out about any of it.
Until the capitalist patriarchy is done with, women’s slavery will remain a certainty because the current capitalist system, only serves to prop up the status quo. That includes the interest of men, and since men still hold the reigns in many areas of society, you’re swimming against the tide if you try to play the capitalist game by their rules.
If women were in charge of a capitalist society, the system would be different, though still wrong, capitalism is never fair. It doesn’t to my mind make sense, to fight for an unfair system, a system that pollutes the environment, exploits the earth’s resources and consistently works to undermine the agency of the poor, simply because it turns a profit.
To my mind capitalism, a top down hierarchical system, which demands there must always be losers in order for there to be winners is directly in opposition to all movements demanding freedom, liberation, and justice.
As Germaine Greer said “fuck equality,” women should stop struggling for it right now. There is nothing wrong with equaliy in principle, the problem is, in this patriarchal culture, equality means being equal to a standard men get to decide. The standards by which we currently measure equality will never deliver women liberation, because men will always use an essentially patriarchal system to vault over women. All while claiming we all began the race from the same starting blocks, because, equality.
Yeah, but if society puts obstacle after obstacle in women’s path, and not men’s, if society continues to favour men, have more sympathy for men etc…who’s going to win that race?
Hint, it’s not women.
Capitalism and patriarchy have to go. Until they do women will not be free.
But how do they go?
Well first we must define the type of action we need to take.
We need to get radical.
Nothing short of a female, collective, total commitment to a program of radical action will achieve this.
We need to overthrow the status quo, and to do that we need to build our community, of radical women. We need to gather resources, network, and gather friends and allies who can helps us. We need to trade our skills, pool our resources and talents, and provide for women.
In short we must begin building a world for women, where women can be free.
We must be busy worker bees and be the first ones to plant the seed. Later the seeds will germinate, the plant will flower, and other bees will flock to the nectar that is a woman centered world.
We must also take a hard line no compromise position that does not budge one inch if we are to achieve the goal of our liberation. There are clear ways in which this could manifest, as well as definite actions which can be taken to build community, defend women, and move women closer to the goal of complete parity.
Only radical action produces radical results and in our current woman-hating culture, what could be more radical to society than the idea of viewing women as full human beings in every respect both socially and under law.
Of course, to achieve a total societal revolution like this in our current society, we’re going to need numbers. We must gather and unite and once we do we must ensure we have solidarity and general agreement on our common goals.
We must work together, cohesively to plan strategic steps that will move us forward to our final goal – total liberation from male control. We must implement each of these steps, collectively organising and sharing the labour necessary to reach that goal.
We need to put aside our differences, this fight is too important, and it will not wait. Now is the time for action, not words, and I’m all too aware of this, even as I sit here typing this blog post.
My previous post suggested some things we could do to begin making the change we want to see in the world, though it was meant as a mere jumping off post, not a comprehensive guide.
We need to get out in the real world and connect with each other, online activism alone isn’t enough.
We can volunteer at our local women’s refuge, connect with our FB radfems friends, meet with our MPs to lobby on behalf of women, and organise meetings where we can strategize and consciousness raise. We can leaflet in the community, talk to people to try and raise awareness of key issues, like the dangers to women of Self ID, and attend radfems book readings, feminist talks, and conferences where we can meet each other face to face.
Let’s make it our mission to build those real world connections and do some offline activism.
We all spend far too much time online these days, which contributes to our political passivity and our inability to take decisive change making action.
That’s exactly how those with the power want us to remain, scattered, apathetic and weak.
Don’t let them win sisters. Together, we are powerful.