Anti-oppressions of any kind are not supposed to be about “empowerment”, they’re supposed to be about liberation from institutional, systemic, oppressive, imperialist, abusive structures. Going for “empowerment” that works by participation in the structure that oppresses…
"You sound like a very bitter person with some ax to grind."
well yeah, that goes without saying
got called “sir” by the doctor at the free clinic but then referred to as a “beautiful human” instead of by gender pronouns by a nurse, so that’s cool I guess
school feels like one of those dreams where tigers are chasing me and licking at my heels but it feels like I’m running in molasses
Feminist Killjoys (And Other Willful Subjects)
The feminist subject “in the room” hence “brings others down” not only by talking about unhappy topics such as sexism but by exposing how happiness is sustained by erasing the signs of not getting along. Feminists do kill joy in a certain sense: they disturb the very fantasy that happiness can be found in certain places.