So, I’ve been thinking about this pole-dancing/stripping malarkey and the various CFN views on this, and I wanted to bang-on talk about the same thing I was before: inclusiveness and diversity. We set out to be inclusive and celebrated the diversity of views that all members brought to the table, and I want to re-emphasise this focus.
Personally, I am extremely uncomfortable with stripping and related activities. I have wavered for some time, but recently came down firmly on one side of the fence and I am confident in my decision. However, I am also aware and comfortable with the fact that many people in the group do not share these views. I am sure they have thought long and hard about the issue as well, or perhaps are at the same stage I was not long ago.
What I want to emphasise is that it is important that the group does not assume shared values on every element of feminism – stripping being just one especially divisive example of this. If some CFN members are okay with, or support sex establishments, or simply are unsure and do not want their views assumed on the matter, then they have every right to believe this and still be ardent feminists. That is not to say that we should not debate the matter sensibly, or even try hard to convince each other every now and again. In these matters, respect for opinion is key, and it is not my place to assume that my views are the only correct views, or held by everyone else with a feminist card in their proverbial wallet.
I for one am glad of some disagreement: it shows that we have succeeded in uniting feminists of all persuasions, and I hope we can celebrate this unity, rather than fretting about differences. It is our strength and our inspiration.
See you all at The Albany!