If the former is more productive than the latter, is it a flaw of character in the activist to take this direction that is inclined to result in more productivity? Will future generations look to us as they do today to Marry Wollstonecraft and think, “She argued for the rights of women but she was hardly a feminist–why did she water down the truth of the atrocities committed by men? Real feminists spare no one from the truth; she seems more a coward.”?
I’ve heard this before, this accusation. And to me it almost sounds like a subtle form of victim blaming. Blame those who are oppressed for not educating the privileged. And yet the guilt is still there when I pause myself, and I shame myself for not being fiercer, more truthful, for playing into how it works. It’s the responsibility of the activist, I’ve heard over and over; at the same time it is those in power, who abuse their power, who are to blame completely. Why do we forget so easily?