On another forum there is a self-proclaimed egalitarian that is trying to make the argument that the label is bad and divisive, which I'm sure many of you are familiar with. This is a point I've NEVER agreed with, because I think labels as a tool for language are extremely useful, and a valid marketing approach is to CAUSE division. I mean, if its a movement for change, being divisive is sort of the point, eh?
At any rate, I think I came up with a pretty good way to shut down this type of argument from this specific type of person (or at least direct in a constructive way), and I'd like the feedback. I'd also love it if you can help me strengthen/falsify it/show me where my wording is making it intellectually dishonest. That sort of thing.
What would convince me that I'm wrong about the label of feminism being both useful and necessary? Do any ONE of these, and I'd be forced to cede the point to you.
1. IF you could demonstrate that having more specific language makes discussions more difficult to navigate.
2. IF you could demonstrate that Feminism as a philosophy does not have predictive reliability.
3. IF you could demonstrate that the LABEL of Feminism has a bigger impact than IGNORANCE of Feminist philosophy on the perception of Feminism.
4. IF you can demonstrate that Feminist views are not problematic when the label has been eschewed - for example if you could demonstrate that issues regarding the following are taken MORE SERIOUSLY or DISAPPEAR when the label is not used: wage gap, the prevailing rape epidemic, women as victims of domestic violence
5. IF you can demonstrate that Feminists are better able to work together and find allies without a name to identify themselves with.
So... there. That's me answering the question. Pretty easy, huh? If you can do ANY of the above, not all of them, just 1 of the 5... I'd agree with you. Full stop. No excuses.
Are you actually able to provide a similar list to me? Something honest, and easy to achieve?