No one is above the ToS, including (especially) admins, so I want to have an open dialogue about this and hopefully it will help /u/Tequila_Wolf understand why this rhetoric is harmful to women and why it reinforces structural oppression when they dismiss important feminist issues (women's reproductive rights).
This is the comment in question:
It's been interesting watching people care about this person as a US liberal reproductive rights hero in the same week that nobody gave a shit about the revealing of forced sterilisations of migrants at ICE detention centres.
White liberal feminism strikes again.
A user linked to a reddit post (on a brocialist sub) as an example of similar rhetoric and I do see the similarities between this comment and the above anti-feminist comment made on raddle. One tries to erase black people and the other tries to erase women, both by bringing up another group and pretending group 2's suffering somehow invalidates group 1's suffering.
It's not acceptable to dismiss the struggle for feminism and the hard battles fought by women to secure reproductive rights just because the state committed an atrocity against migrant women. It blames women for the crimes of the state. Blames women for the suffering endured by women.
It's a classic example of toxic whataboutism and it shouldn't be an argument made on raddle because it demonises feminism and basically shames (USAmerican) women for caring about their own lives, suggesting their lives and struggles don't matter as long as x suffering or x atrocity exists. It erases those fierce battles fought by generations of feminists and dismisses any woman who cares about her reproductive choices. It's sadly a cruel and misogynistic mindset, and it's a form of victim-blaming since it blames women for forced hysterectomies imposed on women by the empire.
Someone I care about left raddle a long time ago because she was attacked for talking about her rape, so this sadly isn't an isolated incident.
I'll leave you with the words of one of the users who pmed me and hope everyone who replies to this post or the linked comment will consider their words very carefully first.
It used to be “why do feminists not focus on women in the Middle East who have it worse than them?” to get women to stop asking for equal pay or abortion rights. Now it’s this. Literally no feminist I know is saying we shouldn’t care about forced hysterectomies in ICE facilities. In fact, my sample set of women I know have people equally upset about those as they are concerned that they and their daughters will lose their rights to have abortions.