Cath Elliott does a wonderful job discussing how choices are not always feminist. Women make bad choices sometimes, choices which hurt the cause of liberation for all women. I have explored similar themes in several of my articles, including “Ethical Relativism Revisited: Choice and Feminism”. (See: https://theleftsideoffeminism.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/ethical-relativism-revisited-choice-and-feminism/).
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read recently how feminism is all about a woman’s right to make her own choices in life, and quite frankly I’m sick to the back teeth of hearing it. “You can’t criticise prostitution or porn” goes the cry, “some women these days have chosen freely to take part in it. They’re empowered and liberated, all those things feminists have been fighting for for decades.”
It seems that no matter what the choice in question is, whether it’s to sell her body for sex, or whether it’s to submit to the man in her life, the very fact that a woman has made that choice, all by herself and without any sign of having been overtly coerced, means that as feminists we’re under some kind of sisterly obligation to respect it.
Well I’ve got news for you: no it fucking well doesn’t.
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