I’m still a radical feminist. I have never stopped. I oppose porn, prostitution, porn culture, power dynamics, PIV, compulsory heterosexuality, all that shit. I’m actually pretty hardcore about it, and am the next best thing to a separatist (although life situations, eg poverty and certain attending issues surrounding employment, housing, and availability of/proximity to women’s-only communities, mean I do still have to come into contact with men sometimes in certain situations).
I am just a revolutionary feminist too. I believe women’s liberation will not be achieved through legislation (although we do need allies in legislation and have much progress to make in that arena, since we do not currently live in anarchy and do need people on women’s side in law and government; for proof of that, see women like the one in Florida who was sentenced to prison for shooting a gun to warn off her abusive husband) — but rather through direct action and hands-on helping other women: creating underground women’s-only communities and spaces that are safe from infiltration; organizing secret groups to assist exited and exiting trafficked women, women in the sex industry, and other abused women; setting up funds to help impoverished women make better or even escape their situations; etc.
I also believe that life without patriarchy would be completely different from the life we live now, and for the sake of my own sanity, I try to live towards those ends as much as possible right now. For example, without patriarchy, food would not look like we know it now. Jobs would not look like they do now. Our leisure time would not be spent as it is now. Our friendships and intimate relationships would not function as they do now. If women were truly liberated, we would not wake up in the mornings, drive our cars to our work, work for eight hours in a box, then drive home and watch TV* … just without men dictating our every moves to us!! We would not go through motions to try to find domestic partners to reenact the same old patterns with … just slightly different patterns, and without men looking over our shoulders and abusing us!!
No, with true freedom, we would organize and live our existences in ways we cannot even imagine right now, and that’s the world I want women to live in. So that’s the world I’m working towards. I’m not trying to eat the same potato chip in a different (man-free) flavor. We should strive towards totally different form of snack altogether.
And that’s what I meant with my “distance from radical feminism” post. I am still a radical feminist. I still practice radical feminist politics, including in my day-to-day life and intimate/interpersonal relationships. I am just also a revolutionary feminist who’s trying to work some subterfuge as well.
*This is partially in reference to a blog comment I once read wherein a dood “profeminist” commenter recounted an instance where he assured another dood that “radical feminists aren’t out to create a matriarchy or female supremacy; in fact, they’ll kick up their feet, pop a beer, and watch the game with you, as long as they can do it in peace and free of patriarchy.” It’s funny that this dude thinks sports (men being grossly overpaid and worshiped like gods for touching, fighting over, and chasing other men’s balls) will exist as we know them after the revolution. Much less that many radical feminists would want to watch them, as opposed to doing productive things (like helping other women). Typical lefty-dood fantasy: “radical feminists aren’t threatening, they don’t prioritize other women, they’re pretty much just like doods, eg real people and not weird ladypeople … but they’re like chill doods, not lame doods.”
I hate doods.