Radical Feminist Articles

The Emperor’s Clothes: A Radical Feminist View of Gender and Transgender
Where Has All the Feminism Gone? Teaching Early Twenty First Century “Women’s and Gender Studies” in an Elite Southeastern American University

Radical Feminists have a political understanding about sex roles, sex role stereotypes and sex role socialization (so-called “gender”) that makes it obvious that there are many problems with transactivist understandings of “gender” and “gender identity.” Radical feminists want to abolish “gender” because masculinity trains boys and men to be dominators. Likewise, when girls and women are pressured into femininity we are trained to submit. So long as masculinity and femininity exist no one can express themselves freely.

When people transition they are jumping from one constricting gender role to another and solidifying the gender straightjacket for everyone else. When transitioners take hormones or do surgery they are choosing to change their bodies instead of challenging the gender straightjacket. They are voting for the continuation of a gender system that trains boys and men to be dominators and girls and women to accept domination.

Transactivists are attempting to silence radical feminists because of the power of our understandings. Meanwhile many people troubled by the harm being done by the transgender movement are turning to radical feminist political perspectives for help. For example, GenderCriticalDad writes:

“I had to learn from feminism, it was the only discourse that made sense of a transcritical perspective, but also forced some hard questions about myself and how I live my life. Encounters with feminism on my journey as GenderCriticalDad have made me realize how deep sexism goes, how it leads me to be a misogynist sometimes and how this limits me. The Radical Feminism I found teaches me that I need to reject masculinity, not as a grand gesture to the world, but in life and actions with those I care about.”*

GenderCriticalDad sees radical feminism as offering hope to his teenage daughter who is transitioning:

“There are women who can offer a different vision of the future for young women like my daughter…Feminists offer her hope, real feminists – ‘the difficult kind’ not apologists trying to make feminism acceptable to men and inclusive to whatever men want to do.”*

The Emperor’s Clothes: A Radical Feminist View of Gender and Transgender

Read Pelican Lee’s article “The Emperor’s Clothes: A Radical Feminist View of Gender and Transgender” to gain a deeper understanding of one radical feminist viewpoint and to see how damaging the transactivist movement is to women, lesbians and gay men, children and to many of the people who choose to become transgender.

Where Has All The Feminism Gone?

Read Batya Weinbaum’s article Where Has All the Feminism Gone? Teaching Early Twenty First Century “Women’s and Gender Studies” in an Elite Southeastern American University to see how the dominant perspectives (including trans ideology) in what used to be Women’s Studies forces radical feminist perspectives out of what used to be “our” field of study.

From Batya Weinbaum’s article: “Here is my story of trying to teach a course in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) from a radical feminist perspective at a southern university in Spring of 2019. I was invited to teach “Women, Gender, and Labor” and an introductory WGS course after the outgoing chair of the Department of English, who had read my books in graduate school, discovered that I was living rurally, developing a feminist educational retreat center in rural southwest VA. I took the invitation to return to the university as a theorist, and to inspire students to learn about radical feminist thinking. However, a conflict of interest soon developed between myself and the director of the program, who saw the need to tell me not only what to teach, but how to do so. When I challenged my students to learn how to think for themselves, the WGS director claimed that this made them too uncomfortable, as did my course’s focus on women as reproducers of children, a reality which has structured women’s labor for the past 35,000 years. The latter violated the trans ideology the students were exposed to through the current LGBTQ+ movement on campus.” Read on…

* Quotes from GenderCriticalDad are taken from “I’m not a hideously bigoted parent who doesn’t ‘get’ it'” in Transgender Children and Young People: Born in Your Own Body edited by Heather Brunskell-Evans and Michele Moore.