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A (short & incomplete) pragmatics of feminism

Problem: the world is largely run by muppets.
Observation: the world is largely run by privileged straight cis men (SCM). [Disclaimer: this also includes race, class, disability, &c. issues. Intersectionality applies, so ticking one box doesn’t give you a free pass on the rest.]
Observation: there are many fewer SCM than there are of Everyone Else.
Assumption: the ratio of muppetry to non-muppetry is more or less constant across different demographics, ie. if 15% of SCM are muppets then about 15% of Jewish lesbians are also muppets.
Corollary: a nontrivial number of SCM achieve leadership positions despite being muppets.
Corollary: a nontrivial number of Everyone Else are barred from leadership positions despite competence.
Therefore: opening up leadership positions to people who are not SCM is an easy win, expanding the pool of non-muppets available for leadership positions.
However: some SCM do not want to see the pool expanded, because that reduces their chances of a leadership position if they are muppets.
Also: many SCM do not care very much about the inclusion of Everyone Else in the potential leadership pool, for reasons including (but not limited to): because they do not see it as their problem; because they would actively rather things were run by groups of “proven competence”; or because they believe in pure meritocracy.
Also also: it’s a self-perpetuating problem, because SCM are generally bad at listening to people who are not perceived to be in the potential leadership pool.
Therefore: the SCM who Get It must deal with the other SCM, and need to be responsible themselves for promoting Everybody Else. It is not only, or even mostly, their job, but it isn’t Somebody Else’s Problem, and the results won’t be Somebody Else’s Win.