"Among the poll's more intriguing findings was that while just 16 percent of respondents identified as "feminist" without hearing a definition of the word, that proportion jumped to 52 percent once the term was defined as "a belief in political, economic, and social equality across genders."
This is welcome news as was something posted on Huff. Post yesterday identifying prominent male actors who self-identify as Feminists. Two were handsome football players!
I would expand the frame to include equal representation by gender AND race in all key decision-making bodies.
The problem for the least imaginative, which is to say those most committed to the existing paradigm is this idea that in seeing a token woman or Black in high office, and noticing that said individual conforms to policies that promote war and continue to support the paradigm of sexist, racist, and class-based privileges... that there IS no difference.
If an animal with a white fur coat swims in a pool of oil, it will take on the oily appearance.
The analogy is that individuals allowed into the existing establishment "culture" must show fealty to it. They learn to blend in. Any who dare to rock the boat risk expulsion and that's painfully clear during this phase of Inverted Totalitarianism whereby those journalists, academics, media personalities, and whistle blowers who dare to deviate from Official Narratives pay a very high price.
Thus to determine that the token Blacks, Latinos and women IN positions of power reflect the GENUINE interests, needs, and values of these "other" populations; or otherwise conclude that these individuals are "just like everyone else" ... and therefore that there ARE no needs, values, interests, or perspectives that deviate from those upheld by the dominant paradigm is the ultimate mind control tactic. What it says is that there is no alternative. If women IN power act like men in power--they falsely argue--then THIS is "human nature."
The oily water and its power to discolor is NEVER discussed.
Just as right wing libertarian types in their endless salutations to The Individual--voter, consumer, citizen--assert that there is NO society, neither any alternative to the world system that they built; they are none too keen about this thing called Sociology and how people are conditioned through family systems, church teachings, enforced economic models, and media false message saturation... plus a school system that also answers to corporate patriarchs but likes to blame teachers for all those "failures" that show up on STANDARDIZED (antithesis to authentic learning) tests.
The Feminism that I advocate challenges the core foundation that patriarchy sits upon... since it's based on war--be it war against Cancer, war against drugs, war against poverty, war against women, war against Iraqis and/or ISIS, and probably worst of all... an ongoing war against nature starting with Monsanto's insane rape of DNA: the very BANKS that hold and sustain life's own essence.