All real-world political goals are driven by Reflection, so we should be sure to encourage people to Reflect

I’d say what you’ve written here is a good summation of my point, yes. The changes we want to see in our culture and in the world must begin by changing our attitudes, so that’s where the struggle needs to take place. But mainstream, pop-culture feminism fails at that.

To be fair, I haven’t read everything Jessica has written, so maybe she’s made this point long before I did. But from the small and recent sample that I’ve personally read from her, and what I see and hear that would be considered mainstream, pop-culture feminism, this crucial point is not made nearly often enough.

Returning to the point of my original comment, I see people going to the mat for women candidates simply because they’re women, for instance, and I think that’s misguided because it’s about policy, not about who’s making it. Although I’m a man, I’m personally a wiser feminist than some women I know, because I recognize that pop-culture feminism often employs counterproductive tactics.

And also, I’d encourage you to actually read my entire essay!

2018 winner of the Dalton Camp Award for essay-writing. M.A. Political Science. I'll go to the mat for the Oxford comma.

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