I notice that the word “feminism” is often regarded with the same kind of discomfort that people feel when “Black Lives Matter” or “sexual misconduct” make people perk up and at the same time settle deep within themselves lest they become an aggressor or freedom fighter of the cause. It seems that whenever an individual group attempts to bring attention to themselves, they are immediately set aside as an other, stereotyped, and isolated. Perhaps it is because in shedding the light of the misfortunate, the “have nots” you draw attention to the “haves” who are most commonly White Anglo-Saxon Protestants. There is a palpable guilt surrounded with having, and that in its own way can form as a separation. It is for this very reason that Xenofeminism is so potent.
When feminism, equal rights for women was first introduced, the feminine was immediately deemed to be female. With Xenofeminism we see a feminism that transcends sex, and goes straight to the issue of gender and gender roles. Equal rights no longer means equal wages. Equal rights now mean a woman being able to be strong, and a man being able to cry in public, both without being ridiculed. There are so many bad byproducts from a lack of feminism that don’t just effect women. And when we see a community where men and women thrive on mutual respect, it is a beautiful thing.
In Mastery of Non-Mastery, the Kobane women who fight for their freedom are soldiers. They can be commanders, they can work alongside men without fear that ego will get in the way. Is is unfortunate that terrorism and threat of death can create such a place. After all, are we all not equal once our survival is at stake?