I feel like at some point every feminist ought to read Emma Goldman's uncompromising criticism of the suffragettes, Emmeline Pankhurst, and their involvement in the recruitment drive for the First World War following a long running series of claims about women's virtue, aversion to violence, and unlikelihood to engage in the violent behaviours men are known for.

It's telling that this cultural feminist bullshit has such a long history.



That a number of the suffragettes later turned to support the British Union of Fascists, that almost 80 years before gender theory it was transparent is I think testament to Goldman's remarkable capacity to cut through shit.

This is her earlier piece slating the idea that women are so virtuous they'll make politics lovely and war will never happen and women's emancipation will magically appear. warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english

"Since woman’s greatest misfortune has been that she was looked upon as either angel or devil, her true salvation lies in being placed on earth; namely, in being considered human, and therefore subject to all human follies and mistakes."

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