Women's rights and Feminism

What's wrong with "identity politics"?


Lynn Ferguson

“The personal is political” was one of the main slogans of the women’s movement of the late 60s and early 70s. It meant making “personal” issues into issues for collective action; telling women that their problems were not just a matter of personal inadequacies, but part of a social oppression directed against all women; and enlarging socialist ideas with a wider humanism.

With the ebb of the movement, the slogan has been inverted: the political is personal.

'Identity politics' has stifled and misguided many a movement of our time, this is a critique and argument for a reconsideration of the assumptions that underly certain notions of identity.


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