Susan Grant wrote:
> Why is Margaret Thatcher not a
> feminist? What criteria defines a feminist to you?
There are many varieties of feminist (some of them being self-defeating,
others ineffective), but what any position that is called feminist must
at least _pretend_ to uphold is the interests of women as women -- and
Margaret Thatcher never once in her life gave a thought to that.
> Just curious,
> because I would think that irregardless of her politics,
Feminism is an _ISM_ -- that is, a politics, not a persoaal style.
> she was a
> strong, assertive woman who got what she wanted and didn't let men
> make her decisions for her. This is not to say that I like or agree
> with her.
You can say that for millions of women who were nevertheless committed
to a male-supremacist social order, as was Thatcher. It is absurd to
equate personal "assertiveness" etc. to a political position. Feminism
is nothing if it is not among other things a political position.
And how do you know she didn't let men make her decisions for her? All
her decisions were more or less anti-woman, and all conservative men
thought her decisions quite correct.
> Sue Grant