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This essay, read in the video by Lippy, was written as a rebuttal to Jeni Harvey's article 'Feminism and the Far Right. Let Women Speak'. I believe it's a very important discussion to have in order to move forward and I appreciate the input from both women.

Jeni's stance can be summarized by:

"There is no such thing as single issue feminism. [...] I believe in a better world for everybody and to that end I can never, ever be part of any movement that sits on the same side of a police line with fascists."

Lippy's stance can be summarized by:

The divide in this movement, and between us is between those whose first loyalty is to the party; the labour movement and the trade unions; and those who centre women, all women, loyal to no man but her sisters. It’s about language - what can be said by whom and who gets to make the rules. It is a question as to whether this fight will be won on the left - in unions and left wing political parties; or whether it will be won by joining forces with allies from across the political spectrum; speaking with a plurality of voices; our message strengthened in its diversity.

My understanding is that Jeni can see the danger of feminism being hijacked by right wing women who will bastardize it into something it's not, just like neoliberal women hijacked feminism and bastardized it into the libfemmery most of us like to mock today (it's completely toothless against patriarchy in its active commodification of women). Lippy's cost-benefit analysis seem to be okay with this risk and that it will benefit women's liberation more than it will cost us in the long term. What I can hear in Lippy's words is a desire to center women from all walks of life, which I find admirable. However, just like neoliberal women still center men's desire which led to the mainstream feminism we have today, right wing women will also center men's desire and will work to bastardize feminism in their own image. If feminists are to work with right wing women on single issues it needs to be done with a constant signaling that we denounce everything else about their ideology. And as has been stated in other threads, working together with right wing women will absolutely alienate other women who are in the movement today, so you will still lose out on the goal of 'a plurality of voices'. In my hasty cost-benefit analysis, it's not worth it.

I'm still reading up on my feminist history, but from what I understand there was not a huge number of radical feminists in the second wave but they still managed to get a lot accomplished through their focused message. The dilution of the second wave's ideology through the sex wars made it toothless despite more people identifying with it. Having a huge amount of people to back you is not a goal in itself if the message ends up in more patriarchy pandering.