A Talk with a Post-feminist

Q: Who are you?

A: Giovanni Steckel

Q: What is Post-feminism?

A: It is a reaction to the entirety of feminism, and since feminism is an evolving movement so is post-feminism.  It attempts to address the shortcomings of feminism.

Q: What are the short comings of feminism?

A: Postfeminists feel that the suffix of “ism” on the word feminism implies a static position, and that static position implies that men and women should be equal however most modern feminists would say that this is no longer true.  For example, it would not be true to say that women should have children because men cannot have children likewise postfeminists believe that there is no essence to women however using the same label as feminism, which is defined as the belief that men and women should be equal, construes this idea and alienates not only men but also women in traditional family roles.  Postfeminism is a reaction to the entirety of feminism as a movement so it is not constrained but the static idea of “ism” because it is a reaction to the static position.  Therefore, Postfeminism can evolve and change unlike the label of feminism.

Q: Okay great!  Moving on, do you think capitalism is gendering and racialized?

A: Yeah! I think the wage gap is a clear indication of this, but at the same time I think that the fact we calculate a wage gap is harmful because it still creates a difference.  It makes women different than men.

Q: How can we apply Postfeminism to this issue?

A: I think that postfeminism attempts to dissolve gender by first dissolving the notion that women has an essence.  It uses the idea of plasticity to move within a social structure such as capitalism.  Plasticity is a Hegelian dialectical approach to moving within a fixed structure but being able to make any move.  For instance, even in capitalism we can dissolve gender and even in gender we can dissolve disparity.  This goes well with an interpretation of postfeminism which holds that men and women should have equal opportunity to maximize their own autonomy.  Another way of saying that is that women should decide what she is not society deciding what she is.

Q: Can you go more in depth on how we can use plasticity to solve gender in capitalism?

A: Using plasticity relies on the dialectic which says that in the move to postfeminism the history of the essence of a woman remains in the new form of women which does not include the oppressive view of women that we have now.  For example, there would not be the idea that “woman should” but at the same time the idea of “woman” will not be dissolved because of the history that “woman” has endured.

Q: I’ve heard you say in the past the there is a version of feminism that is like postfeminism.  Would you like to explain that?

A: Sure!  I think that people will always be opposed to a changed in their beliefs.  For example, when the patriarchy was questioned initially they took it as personal insults when feminism was brought up.  It seems that people of a similar predisposition towards post feminism in that they think it’s an attack on feminism.  I just ask people to evaluate postfeminism as valuable or invaluable rather than as an attack on feminism.  People also think that anything that is not feminism is an attack on women however I would argue that postfeminism is an answer to many of the issues that “woman” faces today.

Q: How can I learn more about postfeminism dissolving gender inside of capitalism?

A: I would recommend the work of Catherine Malabou.  I also think Ferrando’s posthuman approach will include postfeminism.

Q: How can people contact you if they have questions?

A: Sure! My email is gpsteckel@gmail.com.  Feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions.

Q: Thank you for your time and keep on rocking in the free world!

A: Thanks for talking with me.

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