Feminists and the far right
in Me, not you
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The final chapter explores how the ‘Me, Not You’ message of mainstream feminism can move from sacrificing more marginalised people to treating them as enemies when they get in the way. This is particularly the case when it comes to debates about sex work and transgender equality. Reactionary feminists in anti-sexual violence movements have situated sex workers as ‘handmaidens of the patriarchy’ who put all women in danger. They have situated trans women as sexual threats. These politics dovetail with the far-right use of faux concerns about ‘women’s safety’ to push oppressive agendas, and there have been political and practical alliances between reactionary feminists and the far right. At its extremes, politically white feminism can become a ‘Brexit’ brand which is about policing borders, shutting doors, and hoarding resources.

Me, not you

The trouble with mainstream feminism

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