This week from me, a set of questions hoping to start a discussion. I recently came across a “lesbian zine”(the title page was ripped off, but this was the masthead) from 1979 which contained an editorial claiming male-identifying people could never be feminists, and this identification was another form of domination. I do not believe this, but it seemed like an invitation to ask two honest questions about my personal ability to contribute to feminisms, as well as hear opinions about male-identifying people in general. I will continue to write about this next week.
1. It is hard to talk about one feminism. Which feminisms are well-suited for contribution from male-identifying people’s? Which are not?
2. What politics of power occur when male-identifying feminists join in discourse? Do they retain the privileged status present in the patriarchy when involved in this discourse?
3. If Male-Identifying people are feminists, are they working for liberation too? I remember a Feminist Philosophy professor asking, “What would liberation look like?” What would liberation look like for male-identifying feminists? They certainly do not leave patriarchy by entering into a feminist way of thought/life/etc., but are they somehow transformed through a liberation process?