Start from there, because it is true.
Your female body is not an identity.
Everything else is an identity and is socially constructed.
Feminism is a theory that puts Females (Women) at the center of the analysis.
Not Rich Women. Not Poor Women. Not Overweight Butch Dykes (I am trying to lose weight though, thanks for asking).
Not Women who identify as …
Your identity has “meaning” to you and to others because of society. And those meanings might not always “mean” the same thing to everyone in our society. And those meanings might “mean” something different 5 minutes from now.
Your body is not a social construct. Calling your Female body “something else” or naming it Butch or Dyke or Queer or Trans does not change your body.
Taking drugs to alter your chemistry does not change this.
Surgical interventions do not change this.
Your extremism does not change this.
Temper tantrums do not change this.
Demanding that Other Women recognize Certain Women as the True Representation of Women does not change this.
You are Female.
I am Female.
Women are Female.
What does Identity Politics do to liberate Women?
This is a serious question.
Identity politics does nothing to advance Women as a class.
If it makes you feel better to cling to your special identity, if it comforts you to make yourself feel like you are a better person because you are Working Class or Gay or Vegan or Butch, then you should do that. It’s not unreasonable to want comfort. It’s not unreasonable for you to be you.
You be you.
But your personal comfort does nothing to advance Women’s liberation. You being you is not a political strategy. You telling other Women they are not as good as you because you are X and they are Y is not politics; it’s “something else.”
You being you is you being you.
It’s also not unreasonable to want to affiliate with Women who are “like you.” But confusing your desire to affiliate with Lesbians or Vegan Women is not a liberatory strategy. You feeling “good about yourself” does not equal Women’s Liberation (although I think all Women – even “Man Daters” – should feel good about themselves). You advocating for the rights of a few Women and your right to be you does nothing for Women as a class. And your hurt feelings are also “not feminism.”
Your positioning of yourself amidst multiple identities won’t hide your body.
Sorry about your feelings.
This isn’t “personal.” This isn’t about “your feelings.” It’s not even about “my feelings.”
You are not special (except to those who think you are). I, also, am not special. This is a class analysis.
And some Women might be bigger than others, but we are all Women.
Please don’t lose the plot because you think you are bigger than all of us.