If your “feminism” replicates the prescriptivist and hidebound patterns of kyriarchy, telling women what they should and shouldn’t do, putting them into boxes based on their adherence to your behavioral dogma, then it isn’t any feminism I can recognize.
If your “feminism” appears never wavering from a tunnel-visioned perspective that cannot even acknowledge that people exist on the margins, let alone give a moment’s thought of their lives, if it inculcates divisions by suggesting that those people’s needs can be addressed later, or by someone else, or in some other framework than whatever advocacy you call yourself doing, then it isn’t any feminism I can recognize.
If your “feminism” isn’t about uniting people in a group effort to push aside oppression, and instead further balkanizes people based upon a dogma you unveil piecemeal, in order to further your own brand and gain personal recognition, then it isn’t any feminism I can recognize.
If your “feminism” isn’t about cultural critique (unto cultural demolition) or policy analysis and instead focuses on individuals’ (typically cis women of privilege unless you’re talking about — and over — poor people) behaviors rather than the hierarchies and systems which confine individuals and falsely constrains their behavior, then it isn’t any feminism I can recognize.
If your “feminism” isn’t vital, dynamic, inclusive, intersectional, focused on both meeting instrumental needs and addressing systems of oppression which leave marginalized people wanting, then it not only isn’t any feminism I can recognize, it’s as akin to any feminism I know as a lollipop is to a bullet.
(Thank you to the always edifying T.F. Charlton [@graceishuman] for some of the language that helped me clarify my thoughts on this matter. And as always: “My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit.” – Flavia Dzodan)