So this is the next wave of feminism is it?

But deeper shifts, on a global scale, also pose new challenges and possibilities. While a small but significant percentage of women have joined the professional and managerial elite, they have also pulled away from less skilled women in dramatic fashion, tripling the income gap between graduate and non-graduate women.

Some argue that this gap reduces the chance for cross-gender solidarity, instead offering ambitious young women a chance to join the elite through competitive and supposedly meritocratic educational systems. From this perspective, the relative lack of earning and public power of the majority of women can be seen not as the result of discrimination but of good old nature (women choosing to do less paid work), or a simple lack of personal or career oomph.

But for those who reject this analysis, what are the possibilities for reviving campaigns on more material questions? Several developments are encouraging. First, not all of the new feminism is concerned solely with issues of representation or sexualisation. The campaigning group UK Feminista has taken up the cause of the living wage. Young feminist journalists such as Laurie Penny and Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett write powerfully on class and care issues.

That is, having solved the feminist questions everyone must carry on the struggle on class grounds.

What joy.

11 thoughts on “So this is the next wave of feminism is it?”

  1. The driving force is never the substance of the argument. The driving force is the personality type which finds its outlet in the substance of the argument.

  2. I’ve just learned a new reason for being glad I’m not a woman – no requirement for cross-gender solidarity.

  3. Some argue…

    as Sir Humphrey Appleby pointed out, the immediate retort to this should always be “name six.”

    But it is nice that they’ve admitted what most of us had always known – feminism was never anything to do with equality for women. It was just another marxist oppression narrative, with ‘sex’ placed in the ‘class’ or ‘colour’ box. Because, let’s face it, women really aren’t all that oppressed.

  4. Laurie Penny is as much a journalist as Richie is an accountant.

    It is a measure of the contempt I have for Penny, rather than any esteem for Ritchie, that I feel compelled to point out that he did, at least, have to study for and pass a set of relatively difficult exams in order to be able to call himself an accountant.

  5. To be fair to Laurie Penny (something I never thought I would write), being a prejudiced hypocritical ignorant polemicist is a well trodden career path in what laughingly considers itself to be the “profession of journalism”.

    Frankly, all she needs to truly express the caricature is a hefty dose of alcoholism …

  6. It is a measure of the contempt I have for Penny, rather than any esteem for Ritchie, that I feel compelled to point out that he did, at least, have to study for and pass a set of relatively difficult exams in order to be able to call himself an accountant.

    Well, yeah…Richie is an accountant only by virtue of his passing the exams, and Penny is a journalist only by virtue of writing shite in a newspaper. But that’s about all, in both cases.

  7. I’m sure I won’t be the only one to notice that this article urging class warfare is written by Melissa Benn, granddaughter of the ex-Viscount Stansgate. As far as I can tell she has been bred to be part of the political class and has never done anything other than attempt to further her own aspirations to rule over us.

  8. “Young feminist journalists such as Laurie Penny and Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett write powerfully on class and care issues.”

    I put ‘journalists who write powerfully’ on a similar footing to ‘brave artists’, ‘hard-working actors’ and ‘dedicated politicians’.

  9. Reinforces my own view though, that there’s no such single thing as “the left”, it’s an alliance of people who hate white, middle-class males.

    “OK, we’ve beaten them up enough for being male, now let’s beat them for being middle-class.”

    Oh, and what David Gillies said. Nice one, Interested.

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