You can find Jîl’s article here.
Disclaimer: it’s a good idea to criticize the left and every other political ideology there is, I just want us to criticize the right things.
I think it’s a bit paradoxical, you saying that liberal feminists should have their energy invested in greater issues like FGM and not movements like Free the Nipple, and you writing an article about how the left is calling everyone a bigot, shouldn’t you invest your energy in greater issues?
This is what I mean by we should criticize the right things, when I think “what’s wrong with liberal feminism?” I don’t think the answer is PC culture or pandering or things that we see being criticized by the media. This is going to make me sound like a crazy commie, but what’s wrong with liberal feminism is that it’s liberal and not leftist. I’m not saying that the further left you go the better things will be, I’m saying that feminism is a leftist movement, with leftist goals, when you take that ideology and try to fit it into a capitalist (or a religious) way of life, it mutates into a self-contradicting shell of an ideology.
Any ideology, be it religion or feminism, will never hold the same values it started with once profit comes into play.
So what’s wrong with liberal feminism is what’s wrong with liberal America, and what’s wrong with liberal Europe: they have sold their principles for profit.
Do you expect liberal feminists to condemn forced Niqab, when the leaders of their countries go to the lands of forced Niqab and shake the hands of the men that write laws that allow child marriage?
Under the umbrella of acceptance of different cultures, the left ends up accepting the very same things they fought against.
I still haven’t made up my mind about whether people should “solve bigger problems” or “every problem matters.” All I know is that Free the Nipple is more feminist than World Hijab Day.
I don’t understand why people are bothered by being called privileged. Most of us are privileged, some more than others. Yes, your parents worked very hard to give you a good life but you were lucky enough to be born to such parents, that’s privilege. The right response to being called privileged is acknowledgement not outrage. It’s not an accusation, it’s a reality check to make you try to understand the circumstances of someone who isn’t as lucky. Privilege is bad when it’s shrugged off, for example when straight people in Kurdistan talk about how we shouldn’t focus on LGBTQ rights yet when they’ve had the privilege of never having faced discrimination for their sexual orientation.
While I think that the only thing political correctness is good for is the emergence of new terms, I don’t think the world we live in is as politically correct as we are being lead to believe it is. I mean if you look at the president of the United States, even in that position he could get away with saying “grab her by the pussy” and calling Mexicans rapists, so I don’t think PC culture is as threatening as it may seem.
I think it’s useless to try and criticize a group of people, because you’ll always end up with some of them ready to scream “not me though.” So it’s better to criticize the ideologies, let’s criticize Islam instead of Muslims, liberal feminism instead of feminists, the patriarchy instead of men. Let’s criticize the right things, so our criticisms hold their ground.
But what do I know, everything could be cosmically predestined and wanting to change the future could be like wanting to change history, impossible. The only real solution to anything is a time machine.