Scalzi has made an announcement and revision.
A couple of years ago, I wrote a piece on my personal feminism, in which I noted that while I can be considered a feminist on the fundamental level of “women are entitled to the same rights and privileges as men, with everything that implies in terms of access to education, economic opportunity and personal liberty,” I usually didn’t call myself one, for various and what I thought at the time were perfectly reasonable reasons.
Then 2014 happened, and those reasonable reasons now kind of feel like careful, rationalizing bullshit to me.
So, as an update to my thoughts on my personal feminism:
Hell yes, I’m a feminist.
That’s an advantage of creating Deep Rifts — they compel people to think about their position and clarify what side they’re on, because standing in the middle is no longer tenable. Not that taking the middle ground was ever really tenable, but it was more comfortable once upon a time, and gave one the option to avoid addressing the issues (not that Scalzi has ever been ambiguous). It’s becoming increasingly difficult to take the coward’s way out by declining to take a stand, which is a good thing, even if it does make some people furious.
I’m happy to stand on the same side of the chasm as Scalzi.