Is there any feminist out there? Very few would raise their hands upon this question. To be a feminist is the most unfashionable political position that ever existed. It is true that the proletarian became rather historical as well, yet he kept some romantic charm. The feminist has no romantic charm on her. She is an undesirable figure. And here we arrived at the key point of the disapproval of feminism. What does a political role have to do with desire? Political positions can be more or less attractive, but to turn the approval of a position into a question of desire is something new. Besides men and women believe that the appearance of the feminist affected the desire between man and woman in general. I couldn’t believe my ears, when I heard women seriously giving fault to feminism that they don’t find a man. To me this is a most peculiar turn. So what is behind it?
It reveals how our power relations are interwoven with systems of desire: subordinate roles were made acceptable by the promise of desire.
But we shouldn’t let ourselves get blinded, the 1950s, where gender roles tended to be very traditional have not been the most passionate times in history. The promise of being desired ended in the kitchen. The white wedding lasts one day.
The 1920s with all its changes and insecurities have more exciting stories about desire to tell.
So we should be very sceptical of the myth that a traditional woman’s role gives more pleasure. And maybe have a look at what feminism has to offer: Feminism is questioning critically any role whether it would be the housewife or the career woman and helps to recognize in both roles the power plays. Therefore it can teach us how to play with these roles. And is this not what can create great desire, playfulness change and surprise?