Feminist in Exile


On the subject of whether a woman is an adult human female, feminists have been made thoroughly unwelcome on the left. So if liberals think it’s very strange for feminists to work with conservatives, they should probably stop telling us to “drink bleach” or looking the other way as online mobs demand that we be fired.

Talking with friends this week, I listed out types of incidents that have happened to myself or feminists I’ve talked to as a result of gender identity disagreements. They include: rape and death threats, stalking, assault, being targeted for harassment at work or being fired, being threatened with boycotts, being falsely accused of committing criminal acts or violence, having their personal information publicized, being banned from student clubs, having social media accounts suspended, or being blacklisted in their field.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Women even run into this outside of politics…

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You Gon’ Learn Today: On the Revocation of White Privilege in North Korea


“That’s what the hell he gets. Good for him!” My mother had uttered those words in her typical matter-of-fact tone one morning as she watched the news. “He” was Michael Fay, an 18-year-old from Ohio who had confessed to vandalizing cars in Singapore, and was subsequently sentence to six lashes from a rattan cane. I was in sixth grade and all I could imagine was how horrible the pain would be. My mother was unmoved at the thought, remarking, “He earned that.”

I thought about my mother’s words a few days ago while watching video of 21-year-old Otto Warmbier, another man from Ohio who last week was convicted of subversion for stealing a propaganda banner in North Korea, and sentenced to 15 years hard labor. Just as in Fay’s case, I was shocked by the severity of the punishment. I’ve tried to imagine spending a decade and a half performing what the…

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Marilyn Frye, The Politics of Reality: OPPRESSION

Feminist Reading Group

frye, marilyn OPPRESSION.doc

For educational use only.



by Marilyn Frye

It is a fundamental claim of feminism that women are oppressed. The word “oppression” is a strong word. It repels and attracts. It is dangerous and dangerously fashionable and endangered. It is much misused, and sometimes not innocently.

The statement that women are oppressed is frequently met with the claim that men are oppressed too. We hear that oppressing is oppressive to those who oppress as well as those they oppress. Some men cite as evidence of their oppression their much-advertised inability to cry. It is tough, we are told, to be masculine. When the stresses and frustrations of being a man are cited as evidence that oppressors are oppressed by their oppressing, the word “oppression” is being stretched to meaninglessness; it is treated as though its scope includes any and all human experience of limitation or suffering…

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You are a star *

Rebecca Mott

I feel like showing off.

Over the eight years of writing this blog, it has been read in all these countries.

Aaland Islands, Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Armenia, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan.

Barbados, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burundi.

Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo-Kinshasa, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic.

Denmark, Dominican Republic, Djibouti.

Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, European Union.

Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guinea, French Polynesia.

Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guyana.

Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR China, Hungary.

Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy.

Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan.

Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan.

Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg.

Macao SAR China, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldavia, Myanmar.

Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New…

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