“This idea that women will “change the culture” of any given industry is an easy lie to buy into. Even if women go in with good intentions, good intentions are nothing against the system. The system is older than you. It has absorbed more venom than you can ever hope to emit. You will not even slow it down. In order to gain entry, you will have to exhibit the characteristics of the patriarchs who built it. In order to advance, you will have to mimic their behavior, take on their values. Their values are power, the love of power, and the display of power. By then, you are part of their culture.”
Happy #FeministFriday readers!
I'm finally back after some days of struggling with mental health and anxiety but i really think i needed to hit my head hard on those feelings. But this is not the topic of my Feminist Friday, i just want to talk about something that i will never get tired to repeat. And reading Why I'm not a Feminist by Jessa Crispin has motivated me enough to keep talking about it.
Let's say it all together: feminism is not just about you as an individual. It's fighting for your sisters, for minorities and every oppressed people, regardless of their gender, their ethnicity and sexual orientation. Because Feminism is not selfish! it's not just about your personal achievements as an individual but it must include a wider community, a mindset change and support for who struggles for equality in every form.
Yes, we need more female CEOs but at the same time their achievements are not just meant to get to the top of the pyramid as a selfish act. It must mean something greater, it must shake the structures of patriarchy and include a change. You cannot become a CEO and then turn a blind eye on oppression, on daily sexism, on the lack of health support, on poor working conditions and on women with no human rights, like migrants. Just to name a few. Crispin's essay was anything but perfect, some statements are just vague and unarticulated but this book has the precious insight on the critics on universal feminism and what we can consider the 't-shirt' feminism. Just wearing a t-shirt won't make you a feminist but a lot of empathy, support, struggle, battles will