My dear friend, I’m sorry if it seems to you that I have misinterpreted your article. My criticisms weren’t of your literal words but of the trend of lambasting PC culture and its effects, may it be on language or art or anything else.
You argued that the word privilege is shown in a bad light these days, and I, trying to be a voice that defends the left, argued that the word is meant to only hold that connotation when it’s dismissed. When I spoke of privilege I didn’t mean you personally, so this time, please don’t think that I’m misunderstanding or twisting your words because I’m looking at not just your words, but their implications.
I completely refuse to recognize your buzzword accusation, because you know that the context of words matters more than the actual words. The implications and the context of the trend that you’re following is what caught my eye, not the buzzwords.
People that promote PC culture and people that complain about PC culture are equally responsible for the prevalence of the said culture.
Causes without a goal and obvious finger pointing are useless, in my opinion. Saying that feminists need to do something about muslim countries’ issues is a futile attempt at activism that lets you feel like you’re doing something while you’re doing nothing.
While I’d rather not, I’m going to try explaining the obvious but what a lot seem to forget, feminism is set of ideologies, it’s not a cult. Different feminist organizations hold different values and fight for different causes and just for the record, there are many feminist organizations trying to eradicate FGM, not all movements need to fight for the same issues. Feminists aren’t magical creatures that can get together and end the atrocities of the world, they aren’t supposed to solve a country’s political issues, they’re supposed to help other women realize that they need to rise up and fix their own issues and ask for their rights in their countries. Feminism has been doing that, not by useless awareness raising campaigns but by legislation and by sending feminist messages in the media. Feminists have spread the idea of feminism so far and wide that people are sick of hearing the word “feminism.”
Whether you think that a movement like Free the Nipple is fighting for a worthy cause is your opinion but whether it’s feminist or not is clear as day, it’s a movement trying to get a discriminatory law against women lifted.
I understand your critiques, I also understand the trend that they come from, saying that you should criticize ideologies instead of people was just an attempt to get you to see that generalizations, on both sides, get us nowhere. As individuals, we don’t carry identical beliefs, and unless you’re going to criticize everyone individually, your critiques will lose relevancy points.
I will always agree that the context of words matters more than the words themselves, but the way we can get everyone to see that isn’t by writing articles that point out the obvious and blame imaginary buzzwords for censorship. Maybe it’s by writing articles that give people a new concept to look at, or a new perspective to look from, not a washed and recycled version of the truth that has been in similar media outlets more than a hundred times for click quantity and not quality.