The argument behind SWERF ideology tends to be that sex workers become the victims of sexual objectification, exploitation, and violence; and that, by participating in this kind of industry, sex workers become co-perpetrators of these crimes. While most feminist schools support an individual’s right to choose what sexual activities they do or do not engage in, SWERFs take it upon themselves to tell other people what and what not to do with their bodies.
These attitudes, along with inflammatory rhetoric, often lead to violence, apathy and scapegoating on the part of Western populations. This in turn perpetuates a dangerous cycle of alienation and marginalization for non-white, non-Christian people, especially women, and particularly for those who wear hijab.
The reality is, gender exists on a spectrum — not a binary. So people who identify as one extreme of the spectrum, even if it does not match up with one’s biological sex, are equally valid, and those who identify as a woman should not feel like any less even if they were not born biologically female; what matters is how they feel and identify within.
Postcolonial feminism resists Euro-American feminists’ tendency to universalize the shape oppression takes for women in various sociopolitical and historical contexts.
The very act of buying household products or a princess crown is not liberating; it normalizes a female social role centered on appearance and status rather than intellectual growth and financial success. The commodification of femininity reveals how various marketing practices and strategies shape consumer patterns, gender identities, and social roles that continue to perpetuate gender inequality.
The bottom line is toxic masculinity harms all genders. It promotes sexism, misogyny, violence, and rape culture, while enforcing dangerous stereotypes of masculinity and femininity.
Tokenism, broadly speaking, is including someone in a group for the sake of sounding or appearing diverse.
Cultural appropriation is a centuries-old practice of disrespecting a culture by adopting aspects of that culture without regarding the significance of those aspects. These cultures typically belong to non-white peoples and the aspects stolen are usually religious or symbolic.
Gaslighting is a common psychological trick that removes accountability and stifles discourse by laying blame on the victim or convincing them that there is no problem to begin with.
Ableism is sometimes projected by those who have never experienced any sort of physical or mental disability—and consequently none of the harsh marginalization that accompanies disability.