GC Theory - Lecture 4
"We must not be swayed by feminist attempts to deny the universalizing tendency inherent to feminism. In their attempts to win the debate over what feminism is, feminists are notorious for abridging their own ideology to a nub of its whole, and presenting their support for - and your dissent from - feminism as resting entirely on a single issue. Let me give an example, in which you are confronted by the Appeal to Franchise. You have just stated that you do not support feminism. Your feminist opponent's next move is to reduce the entirety of feminism to women gaining the right to vote - thus implying that you must oppose this, since you claimed to oppose feminism. You must simply remind all onlookers that feminism is about more than this and cannot be reduced to a single item as she has tried to do. You can openly state your support for that single item - in this case, the vote - while nevertheless maintaining your antipathy towards feminism, this being in no way reducible to women's right to vote.How craftily he closes still further in upon the territory of feminist subjectivism. Why heavens, next thing you know he'll be telling us that non-feminists are free to define feminism according to alternative criteria, whether the feminists approve of this or not! Mercy sakes, what is the world coming to, when non-feminists get to speak their own true minds about feminism?
"Essentially, your conscience is clear, and you are free to label yourself a non-feminist - and even, an anti-feminist - sans the implication that you therefore support every single thing that feminism opposes."
But go now and read this week's lecture in its entirety:
Note: the following is recommended as foundational reading in conjunction with the above: