White feminism is “Miley can dress however she wants, don’t slut shame her”
Actual feminism is “Miley can dress however she wants but she crossed a line when she started using another culture as a means to rebel and utilized black women and little people as shocking accessories in her music videos and live performances”
Daniel O’Connell and the Representation of the People’s Act 1918 didn’t liberate shit. Women weren’t given suffrage in the UK because the government was trying to make everyone “equal” based on some idealistic impulse, let alone to dismantle patriarchy. Suffrage in a representative democracy is always given in order to benefit the ruling political parties. In that particular instance, the vote was given to women over thirty because if it had been given to all women, women voters would have outnumbered men in the aftermath of World War I. Also, there was political tension in the air in Britain at the time in the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution. The British Monarchy had reason to fear the rise of socialism; therefore, like all frightened oppressors, it gave its citizens a longer leash. This is precisely the essence of liberal political thought. And Daniel O’Connell didn’t so much liberate the Catholics with his politics as allow British rule over Ireland to continue forevermore.
Now, the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King Jr. was certainly a great man, but he is essentially the reason why so many people continue to believe that we live in a “post-racial” society and that oppression can actually be peacefully overthrown. He is the poster-child of the white American government for egalitarianism, not because he is the main person responsible for the Civil Rights Movement, but because Martin Luther King Jr.’s narrative of the Civil Rights Movement was the most palatable to the white people who dominated the political scene, and they wanted to prevent an uprising. This was essentially the same as pre-emancipation tension; the tyrant’s fear of an insurrection. The real men responsible for Black Power and racial liberation were allied with King, but they ultimately did not agree with his message or his politics. To the Black Panther Party, Malcolm X, Kwame Ture, and H. Rap Brown, he was a revolutionary sellout. And if your argument against violent revolution is that people can be free under capitalism, but it has to happen gradually overtime in order not to alienate the oppressor, you’re wrong. The pre-existing context to the Civil Rights Movement in America was violence. The American government’s emphasis on Revered King and his political approach (HE HAS A GOVERNMENT HOLIDAY DEVOTED TO HIM) is not so much a message of peace, but a message of forced complacency, and making sure that the delusion of equality continues in order to prevent another slave revolt.