#metoo

The new feminist is the non-feminist. This is the person who stops pointing out the false binary that is feminism: girl power, girl anything. You want equality, you want justice, you want to be heard? Me too. But I don’t want feminist power (girl power?), I want power. I don’t want a female voice, I want a voice. I don’t need to claim my gender proudly as if I have a stake in making it significant. My gender doesn’t matter, or at least it shouldn’t have to. I matter, and I’m looking forward to the day when all women everywhere won’t have to respond “me too” (to turn the hashtag on its preverbal head), because the fact will be implied, the conversation over. We’re living through a turning point in feminist history–human history–soon it won’t be the [x] feminist movement because the very concept of feminism will seem obsolete, kind of irrelevant. Women and young girls won’t have to march through our streets carrying signs that say, “Girls can do anything,” because that will be like saying, “Humans can breathe.” Of course they can, what’s the big deal?

That’s why we’re marching and making people uncomfortable and messing up the status quo. We’re feminists now so that soon we won’t have to be.

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute.

Rebecca West, Young Rebecca: Writings, 1911-1917

A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.

Gloria Steinem