6 Dating Tips For Every Feminist
So what's a list-loving feminist parent to do? to vote, access to birth control and the ability to date who you want, but it wasn't always this way. The woman is my mom. Dating Advice from a Woman Who's Been Proposed to Nine Times Would you describe yourself as a feminist? . Feminism was new and exciting then, and I refused to shave my legs to please. m/21 here, been on a few dates with a 22/f girl and I think we hit it off really well ( knock on wood). now, I was raised by my mom and.
Dating can be very confusing, especially when you add hangovers into the mix. But love's the greatest, right? I'll tell you what categorically isn't the greatest: Here's my alternative guide to the badlands of feminist dating. Can you call yourself 'single'? Let's start with the basics: Single beds are no fun. Single cream is the dairy of denial. Single suggests something wanting.
In my 20s, the first question on everyone's lips at family dos was whether I was seeing someone. Now this question has graduated — no, mutated — to whether I want kids. I chug my vodka, wondering when I can feasibly escape for a fag. They narrow their eyes. What can you say, to assuage their expectations, to lessen your sense of failure; but moreover to divert this frankly fricking rude line of questioning?
How to chat up a feminist Hey, girl, fancy coming over to mine and really smashing the patriarchy? Is what not to say. It's generally best to avoid harassment of any kind.
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Last week I was on a train platform when a man asked whether I'd like to take a bath with him. I stood there, wondering whether my discomfort was my problem or his problem. Was a bath necessarily sexual? Truly it's exhausting, giving people the benefit of the doubt. Then I stopped wondering and told him to go bathe himself, or words to that effect. It's not often trad is best, but as a general principle, just asking someone whether they'd like to go for a drink works fine.
Navigating online dating I follow several people on Twitter who use OkCupid and they often tweet messages they've received from randoms, which range from lewd to sinister. Anonymous browsing is a big problem, because anonymity is so, well, liberating. At least on Tinder there are no unwanted advances, because you can chat only if you both swiped right, ie liked the look of each other.
I know a lot of satisfied Tinder users. So there's something infinitely depressing about hearing friends on older dating sites talk about waiting for blokes to get in touch with them, because they don't want to seem too keen or forward. If you're waiting to be approached, you're just being passive, and on the back foot from the get-go. She met up with a year-old hedge fund specialist she's 34 who bought her half a lager, talked about his dog for a hundred years and then said: I should say this friend is an idol of mine — a single mum who escaped a violent relationship to raise her amazing son while working her ass off at several jobs.
Realize this is your responsibility. If someone has bothered to share this with you after they manage to figure it out?
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Instead of challenging them to logic battles or insisting that they provide evidence, kindly recognize just how hard it is to understand and name harm one has experienced. Honour the gift by listening and asking questions, and taking it upon yourself to educate yourself.
Notice if your tendency when called out is to bolt. Be wary of your desire to just seek proof of your goodness, rather than actually being a good person by being open to learning about ways you can be a better ally. If you notice you want to retreat to women who praise you, take time to check that response to find out what you can learn from the women who trust you enough to tell you where you have blind spots.
Give up on trying to be perfect. It just gets in the way.
Get used to process. You fuck up, you learn, you grow. If you want right relationships with other human beings in our shared spaces and communities, show that you walk the walk by being big about admitting mistakes quickly and rolling with them. Make amends, make it better in your actions as well as your words. That honours the trust people have given you.
Consider it your responsibility to be continually self-reflexive about your actions and their effects. Those things all take a lot of energy and are not easy. So it is hard enough for someone experiencing the impact of your actions to figure out how to name them; if you want to be a feminist that is your job, not just hers.
Do you believe in solidarity and mutual aid? Do you also believe we are all just individuals? Notice the contradiction in those beliefs. Question the assumed values you may have inherited from capitalist forebears, and put them to the test of your belief in mutuality. If you are a socialist who still believes that we are all individuals who enter voluntarily into relations and can exit them without accountability, notice the contradiction. Human beings are not interchangeable, fungible entities who freely enter into contractual relations; we are limbically and physiologically interdependent and need each other to live.
It is a very privileged position to be able to retreat to your individualism when you have harmed someone, rather than being in relation with them, and staying present for the change as that relation shifts out of a romantic one to something new and long-term you both are comfortable with. Your theory and your lived daily practice will line up if you notice this contradiction. Which leads to the next point: You can take space to get your head clear so you can listen and know yourself better — but that kind of space is measured in hours, or at most days.
Get used to being uncomfortable and learning to have loving, clear, and interconnected boundaries that honour your internal voices as well as the needs of the other humans you share this planet and this community with — that is where learning happens.
On its own it does not remedy the situation.
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Those kinds of threats just exacerbate the situation. When the zombie apocalypse comes or we bring it about? Your feelings of guilt may be completely useless and completely out of proportion to the situation. If they prevent you from being responsive and accountable, they cause more harm than good. Learn to recognize the difference between internal feelings of guilt or shame, and the external messages you are receiving or reality you are observing.
Practice this skill in general in your life to be a more responsive radical; the same skill at working through inherited guilt scripts to become responsive, that makes you a better lover and friend to your exes, also makes you more responsive to the violence of colonization, and other structural violence in which most of us are complicit.
If you find yourself disregarding something she is saying because she is upset as she is saying it, notice that this is sexism.
You may have been raised to believe emotion is not rational and is therefore not legitimate. That is for you to unlearn, not for you to impose on others. Emotion and intuition, when finely honed, serve clear thinking. Build up your capacity to feel and to respond to feelings in a rational, intuitive, self-aware way.
How do I make things better? Benefits may also include creating more spaces where kind, gentle, intuitive people — who may be the same people as those strong feminist women you like so much — can be themselves and open up to you. Practicing consent, which includes the ability to work with emotions during and after a hookup or a relationship ends, creates more shelters, more places from which our movements can heal, ground, and resist from a place of strength.
It calls into question received forms of masculinity that shut down parts of men from the time they are young. It is good solidarity. And it just may open your heart. Please share it on FB and Twitter! I am working on a speculative fiction project that deals with the transformations our planet is undergoing, and struggles with reclaiming wholeness. A Wholeness Project is currently seeking a publisher interested in radical speculative fiction and social justice.
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Because what the hell, this all applies to poly folks too.