About: The Radical Idea

“Feminism is the radical idea that women are people too”–Cheris Kramarae

“I don’t want them [women] to have power over men, I want them to have power over themselves”–Mary Wollstonecraft

The crazy thing is that today, people like to point at feminists and say, “You guys are nuts.”  And maybe some of feminism has gotten a little nuts, but at the heart of it, what are we really saying?  That we should have the same rights?  The same opportunities?  That our lives are not about making sandwiches?

Maybe what we’re really trying to say is that the only difference between us is one chromosome–ONE.  That’s IT.  We all have the one X-Chromosome and then one more that seems to decide way more than it should.

Can you imagine if the genes that determined your EYE COLOR mattered as much as the ones that determined your sex?  Or the alleles that determine height?  It’s preposterous.  But every time we assign social value to things like sex (I’m going to say sex not gender because there is a difference and if you don’t know it, look it up. I have more important things to discuss), we say that a single chromosome should determine who we are able to become.

And then, as if letting this determine our gender were not enough, we let gender intersect with sexuality.  And we use both of those categories to label people, group them, judge them.  We use a heteronormative (look it up, people, I’m not Webster) binary to determine what behaviors are socially acceptable, how we should dress, talk, walk, eat and sit, who we should date, what we should like…and we let society punish people who violate norms.

I’m only going to say this once: some norms are meant to be violated. Not all of them–I’m totally in favor of norms against, say, pedophilia, killing people, etc.–but some norms, especially norms that keep certain groups down, are meant to be challenged.

So this blog, which you are voluntarily reading at this moment (and by that I mean, if you think a woman’s purpose is to make you dinner and gay people should burn in hell, find a different blog to read. Do it now) is about feminism.  It’s about the modern LGBTQ movement.  It’s about issues that get debated by people in power that impact people’s lives every day.  It’s about highly publicized problems–and ones we forgot, here in America and overseas as well.  This blog is about how one chromosome has come to define us–and the fight to change that.

Man, woman, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, queer, pansexual, it doesn’t matter: people are people. What a radical idea…

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~ by Randi Saunders on July 6, 2011.

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