skip to main |
skip to sidebar
, always good:
Anyhow, today I am angry. I am angry because a violent male has been sentenced to four days
– just four days – in prison for a sustained sexual assault on a female
victim. We are required to refer to the perpetrator as a “she”. We are
asked to call the rape of a woman, using a penis, a “lesbian” assault.
We are expected not to call this male violence, for that would make us
“violent TERFs”. But it is male violence. It is.
If there is a problem with terminology here – if the right to
self-define clashes with the right to call violence by its proper name –
then that problem is not caused by feminists. It’s caused by males who
rape women and all those who refuse to identify them as such. It’s
caused by a gender hierarchy which non-feminists both defend and refuse
to acknowledge. Feminists don’t owe anyone a solution to the linguistic
contradictions emerging from this mess. It’s not for us to tiptoe around
with language so that no one feels “erased” by the description of a
male penis violating female flesh. It’s not our fault. We didn’t create
this gender hierarchy. We challenge it. If you prefer to micro-manage
it, making tweaks here and there while those at the bottom of the pile
continue to suffer, go ahead. But again you are not a feminist.