I thought I heard every pseudo-feminist piece of insanity under the sun but, never fear, there are always new and inventive ways to make feminism sound completely ridiculous. A pseudo-feminist blogger recently announced that her blog will be a male-free zone. Men will not be allowed to post comments if they insist on identifying as male:
As always, dudes are welcome to both spectate and contemplate the ideas discussed in this blog and in other feminist work. But from now on, I’m inviting them to do us the courtesy of shutting the fuck up. Of course, I’ll grandmother in those guys who’ve been around for years and have shown themselves capable of human decency. New dudes can bypass the sex restriction by going incognito. I got no problem with that as long as they complete the prerequisites, never use the personal pronoun “I,” and knock it off already with the fucking tiresome-ass male viewpoint and supercilious tone. Good luck with that, though, because you know as well as I do that sooner or later they always start mansplaining or yakking about dudesex. If we can tell they’re dudes, they’re out.
What I find so curious about this initiative (which, by the way, has been supported by other pseudo-feminist blogs) is not only the idea that an all-female ghetto is a good thing, and we should work hard to build a ghetto around ourselves in case none is readily available, but also the very idea of a "male viewpoint." Wasn't the whole point of feminism to dispel the myth that having a penis or a vagina makes you think, feel, or act in a certain way? Haven't we been working hard this entire time to make sure our lives are not defined by what our genitals look like?
There is nothing more patriarchal than the idea that certain spaces should be reserved for women. Russian Domostroy specified special areas in the house that were reserved for women. Most fanatically religious and primitive communities believed that women had to be placed apart from men in the home for a variety of oppressive reasons.
Now, when we finally can participate in both public and private spheres freely, we are going to lock ourselves into yet another gender-based ghetto? And then don burqas to make our feminist stance even more obvious? Seriously? Have people gone insane, or what? This is enough to make one think that somebody is paying these pseudo-feminists to discredit the idea of feminism altogether.