Volume 96, Issue 64
Thursday, January 23, 2003

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Re: "WIN taking feminism too far," Jan. 10

To the Editor:

I read your letter and I believe that you are misinformed as to the womyn's movement, its purpose and the articles in the "F-Word."

First, we are not all man-hating lesbians who wish to rid the world of men. We want to rid the world of hate and oppression.

Second, you complain that many feminists are ignorant of any context outside of an individualist, middle-class, oddly embittered secular view, with only a few multi-cultural views thrown in (this was the view held by the authentic womyn's movement).

The womyn's movement has learned from its ignorance; today, the majority of feminists understand how all kinds of oppression are linked and that they must all be overthrown.

Most womyn in the feminist movement don't fit into the stereotype of the feminist you described, they rally together to overthrow all inequalities.

Third, there is no gap between protection from domestic violence and discussing your pussy; they both have to do with a patriarchal system that seeks to control what women say, what we do and how we look. I want to end domestic violence and I want womyn and men to be free to express themselves in whatever way they choose, to be free from hate and oppression in every context.

I encourage you to re-read the "F-Word" and re-examine the womyn's movement. The "F-Word" that I am the editor of, and the womyn's movement I am a part of, is one that cares for all people and all views. All we want is free choice, to be equal and to be treated with dignity and respect.

Karla Baker
F-Word Editor
Publications Coordinator,
Women's Issues Network

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