What makes a feminist in 2020?
We asked feminists all over the world to share their views on what we think are some of the crucial questions that we should be debating right now. The feminist movement is broad, diverse and sometimes divided. Is that a good or a bad thing? Please, share your opinion with us and your fellow feminists.
CAN YOU BE A FEMINIST AND WORK WITHIN THE GENDER BINARY?
Of course! Go for it!
Yes. Feminist by definition = female
In my opinion, feminism and queerness go together and can work together. Just like ableism, there is still a lot of unmalicious gender binary-focused language in our culture, which underwrites our societal expectations. But it has been shown that the gender binary can be harmful to psychological development. The sooner we break out of the gender binary and the expectations that come with it, the freer people can be.
Breaking down the gender binary is a queer issue as much as – perhaps more than – it is a feminist issue, and we have to listen to each other. There are strides towards a more equal society that can be made whilst working within the gender binary, and a lot of people are happy with their binary genders. So long as they listen to non-binary and gender-nonconforming folks and agree that we have a right to exist outside the gender binary, then they can work within it themselves and still be feminists.
Yes – I think feminism works best in Gender binary because its asking for equality between two different genders and these differences are emphasised the most within gender binary.
For me and my practice of feminism, it would be impossible to stay confined within a binary definition of gender. For me, feminism strives for equality between all definitions and determinations of gender. For that to succeed, one must always be aware of the many articulations of gender and sexuality: if you are not aware of them, then you’re can’t possibly account for them in your activism.
No, because it reinforces the biological essentialism that patriarchy is built on and disregards the oppression and experiences of gender non-conforming people and their contributions to the feminist movement.
Illustration by Svenja Heutelbeck