One of the lines that I hear is “not all feminists are like that.”

     I don’t buy it.  Some feminists are more active than others.  But I don’t find feminists objecting to the banner of feminism being used to pursue sexist policies.  They only object to being called out on it.  Well, I realize that no one likes to be called out on bad behavior.

     Another claim I hear quite a bit of is that there are “hundreds of different types of feminism.”  Which is strange, because they just identify themselves as “feminists.”  Now, there is one group that identifies itself with an adjective beyond “feminist.”  That group claims to be “radical feminism.”  Personally, I think it’s a con.  The “radical feminists” are simply those feminists that are politically active.  They function as a sort of “cat’s paw” for the rest of feminism.  For lack of a better term, we will call the rest of feminism “mainline.”

     “Mainline feminism” drums up support, recruits, and collects funds.  Then funds and resources get transferred to “radical feminism” to be used for political ends — lobbying, protests, campaigns for their preferred political candidates, and so on.  This would allow them to avoid blame when the public at large disapproves of something “radical feminism” does — except that some of us can see this is an act.

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