I am going to RadFem 20123.

I’ve been worrying all week about writing this post. It feels dishonest not to write it but, at the same time, I find the anger that labelling oneself a Radical Feminst induces frightening. I have a half-finished blog post on my thoughts on radical feminism, socialism, and intersectionality that I actually don’t want to finish writing because I would feel obligated to publish it and I’m not sure I’m ready for that. At the same time, it does feel like lying not to state that I label myself an anti-capitalist pro-radical feminist [anti-capitalist because I refuse to use the label socialist considering the endemic misogyny within the socialist movement that we’re all supposed to pretend doesn’t exist and pro-radical because I don’t feel radical enough to call myself a radical feminism but that is mostly because of my anxiety than not being a radical feminist]. Just writing this is making me nauseous. 

But this is me trying to be honest.

I am going to RadFem 2013

I want to go to RadFem 2013. It is important to me for all the reasons outlined here on Sisterhood is Powerful. This is something I need to do for me. I understand that this means that some women whose opinions I respect will block me on twitter or unfriend me on Facebook and that makes me really very sad. I just don’t want to lie about who I really am and I am an anti-capitalist, pro-radical feminist. 

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3 thoughts on “I am going to RadFem 20123.”

  1. I don’t understand why people would block or unfriend you. Whilst you may not (yet) identify as a radical feminist that should not stop you from going if your intent is to listen and learn and by learn I don’t necessarily mean agree with what they say but help you form your opinions. Does that make sense?
    I would love to go, but would be completely out of my depth, however I don’t see that as a reason not to go.

    1. Hey. I thank you for writing this piece – it reached my heart. I am RadFem but have been disillusioned by some of the hate and hostility that some identifying RadFems have expressed and received.
      Because of the view that RadFems are transphobic, I am becoming increasingly frustrated and starting to feel on the outskirts of an ideology I have held for many years. This post brings me a little hope – thank you so much.

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