the ‘left’ and ‘right’ are not equal. if you think they are, that means racists are equivalent to anti-racists, working class is equivalent to exploiters. when the ‘left’ hates lesbians and all women it’s a flaw and an obstacle to unity/revolution, when the ‘right’ hates us it’s core to their program.
wish more women would read The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lerner and anything else that helps to make sense of these connections. for some of us it’s not optional, and i’d even go so far as to say it’s white/christian privilege (or aspiration to it, i know there are exceptions) to think it’s unproblematic to make alliances with the right wing. and it’s a politics of seeking male protection that is anti-feminist, i can’t see it any other way.
we’re also in a period of time where this matters more. alliances that seemed pragmatic like the disability movement working ‘both sides of aisle’ have now become something different.
feminists have a tough road to walk when what’s called the ‘left’ (but really is mostly ‘centrist’ neoliberals, true ‘left’ space in the US is negligible) endorse the dismantling of our liberation movement and even meaningful reforms for the advancement of women and girls through gender-identity laws that prioritize male demands over our boundaries. and when they endorse the selling of women’s sexual power and reproductive power (prostitution, pornography and surrogacy). and when leftist men mansplain, rape, sexually harass, exploit/expect our unpaid menial and emotional labor, and more. but who are *we* ourselves and what do we stand for, as feminists? it’s more than a list of issues, it’s the overthrow of male domination of females and all the other forms of domination that this enables.
we can’t allow problems with male leftists and centrist neoliberals to drive us into the arms of those whose entire agenda is destruction of our liberation movement and sending lesbians back into the closet and all women subordinated to and controlled by men at every level.
for US feminists who want to join with like minded women please check out FIST- Feminists in Struggle.
and in the UK, https://womansplaceuk.org is doing amazing work.