A Christmas Present from the Radical Feminists
I don't know about you, but when people speak of "radical feminist fringe groups", it irritates the tar out of me. For this silly notion, that radfems are mere outliers hovering on the outskirts of the "real feminism", is arguably the most dangerous illusion feminism has ever foisted upon the collective mind of the Great Middle Mass.
Let me once again hammer home this axiomatic truth for the benefit of all you fence-sitters, fair-minded centrists, and other thickwitted thickos:
Radical Feminism is not the fringe!
Any more than the fuel tank in your car is marginal to the operation of the engine.
These feminists are "extremists" only in the sense that they are "extremely" vile and disturbing creatures, who give you "extremely" unpleasant feelings when you listen to what they are saying.
But they are not politically extreme. By this I mean, they are not located at the political extremity of feminism. So, if you say they are extremists, you are not thinking clearly because you are muddling two very different concepts which you need to store separately in your mind.
How about a little illustration? Would you agree that the Kuiper Belt object Pluto lies at the extremity of the solar system? Well for sure, it is extremely far from the sun. So in that way at least, it is quite "extreme", wouldn't you say so?
But wait! The sun is also extremely far from Pluto, isn't it? And furthermore, it is extremely hot while Pluto is extremely cold! It is also extremely large while Pluto is extremely small. So it sounds to me like the sun and Pluto are both very "extreme" in their different ways, wouldn't you say so? They are both at a great extremity relative to each other, wouldn't you say so?
So I think we can best make sense of this if we say that Pluto lies at an extreme distance from the center of the solar gravity field, or at least by comparison with the Earth and all the other planets. There! Isn't it wonderful how things fall into place when you set your terms and agree upon a frame of reference?
All right, back to talking about feminism. The radical feminists are like the sun, see? They are violently hot, dense, massive. They gravitate tremendously. And they scatter a charged energy field in all directions -- a moral corona -- which saturates everything in its path.
All of feminism revolves around RADICAL feminism, and absorbs its light and its radiant particle wind. Without the existence of radical (that is, man-hating) feminism, the rest of feminism would fly apart and scatter to the cosmos just as the planets would do if the sun mysteriously stopped existing.
And now. . . take a hard look at the venn diagram at the top of this article. That image was crafted by a radical feminist who blogs under the name of Noanodyne -- translation: "no painkiller". Noanodyne is diagrammatically explaining how she maps feminism in her own mind, and she gives it a structural, dynamic, operational breakdown remarkably similar to what we've been describing for years!
I don't know about you, but I think this is like finding a gold coin on the sidewalk. This radical feminist is seconding (intentionally or not) what we ourselves have always known about radical feminism -- and feminism generally.
This radical feminist would wholeheartedly concur with all of us that her brand of feminism is in absolutely no way the "fringe" of the feminist operation.
Noanodyne has latched on to the same primal intuition that we have. She personally sees "radical separatist feminism" as the driving core of the entire feminist enterprise --or at any rate, the part that matters. And you know what? I agree. I think she is right. I believe that this radical feminist is telling us the radical objective truth about the world -- the OBJECTIVE truth, mind you! And you must admit that feminists are not famous for telling the objective truth about much of anything, so this is truly phenomenal, don't you think so?
I lifted the image from Noanodyne's blog, and you can view the original post HERE:
A final point of interest is that our dear friend Vliet Tiptree (aka Pamela O'Shaughnessy) has left an approving comment over yonder.
My only critique of the diagram would be, that it could use an additional circle, at the outermost, labelled "pop-feminist foot soldiers". This circle would be given a pretty large radius, since you might consider it feminism's Kuiper belt.
Oh, and I suppose you could add another circle after THAT, and label it "feminist-influenced women."
Well, I hope that one or two of you out yonder appreciate the significance of this as much as I do. But do enjoy what is left of your Christmas day. I thought this would add cheer. . of sorts.