i really fucking hate this new “feminist” thing where women being victims is wrong, not men victimizing women, but women acknowledging we are victims to male violence and male dominance. being anything other than a super empowered sexy strong woman is wrong and acknowledging any woman as a victim is now “looking down on women as weak, helpless and having no agency”. i don’t know where it came from but it needs to stop.
This isn’t new. This idea has been around for years and was given a name by liberal feminist Naomi Wolf who calls acknowledging that women are victimized primarily by men under a male-dominated system/patriarchy: “victim feminism.” While she classifies a corporate liberal feminism as “power feminism.”
“Victim feminism”, according to Wolf, is “anti-(hetero) sex, anti-male, hostile to individual achievement, and portrays women as helpless victims who are naturally non-competitive cooperative and peace-loving; and “Power feminism,” which embraces women’s “power” and success, a feminism that works safely within the constraints of capitalism and the two-party system and is both “lucrative” and “fun.” She dismisses the entire left wing of the women’s movement – Marxist-feminists, radical feminists, lesbian-separatists, etc. – by throwing them all into the (bad) “victim feminist” pile, thereby ignoring the tremendous diversity of ideas and approaches they represent, and leaving her only with a conservative “new age” “create your own reality” feminism, one that strives to join the establishment on the establishment’s terms.” – No Fire, No Fight, No Feminism, — Ann Menasche