"There is difference and there is power. And who holds the power decides the meaning of the difference." --June Jordan

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Friendly Letters

Newsflash.  NOW does not, has never and will never represent the views of all feminists.  It is not the prophetic voice of capital "F" Feminism.  There is no such thing as a monolithic, capital "F" feminism.  While you may sincerely think you are exposing some dark underbelly of feminism as an institution by calling bullshit on New York NOW for this press release, you are late to the party.  New York NOW  has already been criticized for it by - you guessed it - other feminists (see here, here, here, and here).  Now, STFU. 
Dear Marcia Pappas,
You are entitled to your personal opinion.  But please remember that with your title of president of NY NOW comes great responsibility.  As the leader of a chapter of the world's most well-known mainstream feminism organization, your opinions may very likely be mistaken for the feelings of all feminists or even all women.  I hope that you will take this responsibility into consideration the next time you are tempted issue a rage-filled press release attacking someone for choosing to endorse a different candidate than you.  The word "women" represents a whole hell of a lot of people.  I only ask that you take a little more care before deciding that you can determine for all of us whether or not we have really "just experienced the ultimate betrayal".  Or maybe take some lessons from Kim Gandy on how to be a little more diplomatic.  Now, STFU.