I have heard it said that one major failing of radical feminism is that there is no strategy in place, that it’s a movement based on wishful thinking and founded on the vague hopes of a revolution that will never get off the ground.
But the more I learn, the more I see that radical feminists are adept at laying out concrete solutions and practial ways of dealing with patriarchal oppression.
Since the Radfem HUB was launched yesterday (Wooohoooooooooo!) I found it interesting that the posts on the various topics all led to the same, peaceful conclusion: we can get this revolution underway by rejecting PIV and heterosexual coupledom whenever we can (not an option for many women, of course, but wherever possible women could make this decision) . Teaching our daughters not to marry, explaining to them that marriage is a big pile of horse shit ( I love that Americanism) is a very good start. And not a machine gun in sight.
I’m always astonished, ( yes, astonished is the right word) at the ability the early feminists had to think outside the box. They were able to analyze marriage and heteronormativity; and that they were the FIRST GROUP OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD to do so in a political sense is astounding. In a political sense. This means they didn’t bring it down to the individual level… They understood that it was women’s reproductive slavery (not love!) that was the essence of marriage and the institution has historically been taken advantage of by all men, including gay men (as many a woman is forced to discover late in life, when her husband confesses he has always loved men .. . though the confession tends to come after she has borne his children ).
So there are plenty of strategies out there, you just have to look for them. I haven’t even begun to mention them all. The small decisions made by women over the course of the next twenty years may bring this movement forward quicker than we imagine. There is no Feminist Handbook, and certainly no feminist bible. There is no dogma, but if you are interested in finding creative, practical solutions to oppression, radical feminists most certainly do have answers.