I still see myself as a feminist, despite the fact that being white working class and not even a graduate, shock horror, leaves me out of the loop of most feminist discourse, which seems to be very much a nice graduates-only ladies' club for well-off women. I believe in and support equal pay and equal rights for all women, not just well off white and non-white western graduates, which to me makes me a feminist, even if I don't have anything in common but that word with many of those involved and haven't (thank fuck) mastered the impenetrable jargon.
(From CIF - the place that's scarier than the Fail comments.....)
Completely identify with this statement although I'm doing alright with the jargon I think, just not good at using it in my day-to-day life to be honest as my ''splain it in layman's terms Lady, no-body likes a show-off' thought process kicks in. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing, I'd rather be accessible than to isolate myself, one of my problems with feminism is that at times it seems like less of a political movement and more of an excuse for the posh peeps to stand in the corner sneering at the people they deem 'not one of us' which pisses me off for making it an exclusive club that not everyone is welcome in & because, well just really? It's like being 13 all over again and not liking the people who don't dress the same as you or like the same music as you because they 'don't get it like you do!' and their love of Kylie makes them stupid in comparison to you & your love Radiohead because Radiohead is the universally acknowledged band of the clever people or people who want to be seen as clever (See every Nu Metal band, Fred Durst could be a genius for all I know but the guy is a doofus & citing Radiohead as a favourite band will not change that).
I think feminists are trying to bring class issues to the fore but amusingly they too end up excluding the people they're trying to include by being such frickin' jargon based essaytastic showboats of someone's degree/PHD subject that no-one from the 'how can we include them?' class will ever get involved. It can be off putting but running away never solved anything so sticking around, soaking up the theories, coming to my own conclusions but being open to others has been kind to me, not always & loads of times I've thrown a strop about nothing relating to me & my experiences unless it's dictating what I can & can't do in my life - I can't say that's not always the case & sometimes it does seem like a masochistic way to spend my free time when I'm reading shit that makes me feel like a crappy person because I liked that one song or wear mascara but then I step back, realise that yes I do comprehend the theories behind what's being said but I respectfully disagree regardless of the fact that I can't argue my case particularly well like they can. Doesn't mean my voice is any less valid, doesn't mean that they're voice is any more valid.
Also, in all walks of life there are complete arseholes that will only ever feel happy with their dictating to others, 'I understand it all better than you' superiority complex, politics is like shit to a fly for those people.
*Random. I hate that word even when it's used correctly rather than just thrown around to explain a perfectly normal situation that someone wants to exaggerate 'wow the canteen has cake, that's like totally random' - although it's the less offensive of the 3 R's that are used to over exaggerate in daily life - the other 2 being Raped & Retarded.