Posts Written by switchintoglide

“Independent Women”: Privileged Feminist Ideologies and Able-ism (a.k.a. Disablism)

Cross-posted at Switchintoglide

Blogging Against Disablism day will be on Saturday, 1st May. This is the day where all around the world, disabled and non-disabled people will blog about their experiences, observations and thoughts about disability discrimination. In this way, we hope to raise awareness of inequality, promote equality and celebrate the progress we’ve made.

Feminism and the Myth of Independence

Part of my early attraction to feminism was based upon this notion of a mythic “independence.” I yearned for the opportunity to be an “emancipated woman,” à la Emma Goldman, who asserted that,

“Emancipation should make it possible for woman to be human in the truest sense. Everything within her that craves assertion and activity should reach its fullest expression; all artificial barriers should be broken, and the road towards greater freedom cleared of every trace of centuries of submission and slavery.”

It seems like a noble enough goal, and indeed, an important part of the privileged Western feminist ideology is based on the construction of the smart, successful, independent woman; this is especially true of Libertarian/Individual feminisms , Liberal feminisms , Pop feminisms , and Amazon feminisms . Reproductive choice , and women’s liberation discourses also use the language of independence, and a lot of ...

Loading Posts
Load More