I just joined this forum, i've been reading the articles on this site for about a year now.
I was wondering what were your thoughts on this topic, or pretty much the globality of "feminist" activities and thoughts (but mostly discourse) over the last 20 years. Bare in mind that this "movement" has no encompassing idea or ideal and that feminists are at the point where they've begun fighting each other instead of "the enemy".
I'm a 21 year old Canadian, and my mom and sister (who also pegs herself as an "anarchist" and a "radical feminist") have been self-described as feminists since as long as I can remember. However, as much as they'd hate to hear it, they fall in the trap that so many other so-called feminists fall into. She's read tons of books (and obviously, has a bunch of feminist friends so they can spread the same dumb anti-men discourse within each other), but her vision still feels so narrow-minded that her entire discourse can be summed up to "all men are and have always been the problem, while women are perfect, innocent and pure". I've always felt like she's had an idea and selected certain bits of her feminist litterature to support her basic thoughts.
However as the years go by (she has probably been a feminist for a good 10 years now), it's clear that her discourse has become reflective of her insecure, fearful and weak personnality. Obviously, there is no room for constructive criticism about her feminist beliefs. However, this isn't about my sister. I see that more and more women embody feminist thoughts as a shortcut for life's complex questions (such as gender relations), as a self-justifying moral tool (I'm better than everyone, especially men, so I don't owe anything to anyone, especially men) and as a reflexion of inner pain, weakness and fear. I see this in more and more women, and to think that these women are considered intelligent, conscious and brave when in fact they are just as lost as any other minority or "oppressed" groups.
My question to you is, what do you think of such women? Are they as common elsewhere in North America? What are your thoughts on mass feminism as we know it today?