My feelings about my own labels have shifted a lot in a year. Instead of just being frustrated by people who don’t understand these labels, I step back, let the frustration pass, and focus on what to do in order to educate and empower those people. If I could talk to the person who wrote that blog entry a year ago, I would say, “You are right. Your peers are overthinking themselves into an identity-based paralysis. That’s frustrating. You’re smart. You’re proud. You’re fierce. But you’re also naive. You’re impulsive. You aren’t doing enough to empower the people who don’t have the same intellectual vocabulary you do. They haven’t been given the tools to build their identity the way you have. What are you going to do about it?”
- via http://whereisyourline.org/2011/08/badass-activist-friday-presents-marilla-li/
I have been coming to these conclusions as well, and I'm proud and happy to see other feminists doing the same. There is always room for righteous anger and truth-telling, but there is also room for nuance and understanding and, well, frankly, even though it tends not to be as inspiring, rationalism. Because feminism is rational, because it's right, and it shouldn't shy away from that.