The core principles of Radical Feminism are:
1. That we live in a patriarchy. Which means a hierarchical society run by men for men’s benefit, with men on top of the social system and women on the bottom. Women suffer under this form of social system. Men are highly valued under this social system and women are devalued. The only way a social system remains a hierarchy is if one group of people, in this case men, oppresses another group of people, in this case women. Therefore men are considered the oppressor caste and women are the oppressed caste. (We use the word caste as opposed to class, that was once used, as you can move in and out of the different classes to a certain extent, but you can never move out of a caste. You are born into it and remain in it until the day you die.) Radical feminist’s ultimate goal is to end patriarchy.
2. Sex roles (also known as gender roles) are the way that patriarchy maintains itself as the ruling social system and is the way men maintain their position on top of the hierarchy and keep women on the bottom. Through the enforcement of sex roles women are socialised into behaving in submissive and passive ways in relation to men and to value men more than themselves and other women. They are also encouraged to compete with other women. Men under patriarchy are socialised to value aggressive and dominant behaviour in themselves and other men. They are encouraged to bond over the debasement of women and over their belief in male superiority. Radical feminism maintains that sex roles are the core of patriarchy, so it follows that radical feminists most central goal is to abolish sex roles. (As the whole concept of "Transgender" couldn't exist without sex roles, it is in diametric opposition to radial feminisms most central goal to abolish sex roles and so end patriarchy. So it follows anyone who believes in the concept of "transgender" cannot be a radical feminist.)
3. Prostitution is incalculably harmful to the women involved in it. It is also harmful to all women as a caste. Prostitution makes women into commodities that can be bought and sold, for the enjoyment of a man. This view of women as no more than an object for a man to use for his own pleasure has an impact on all women living in patriarchy, as it reinforces the view that women exist only for the benefit of men. Radical feminist’s goal is to abolish prostitution.
5. Pornography is harmful to the women who participate in it and also to women as a caste. That pornography is just filmed prostitution is obvious, and is harmful for many of the same reasons. So called amateur pornography is just as harmful, as the women are being degraded in intimate relationships. It is also harmful as the men who watch it get ideas from it and want to then re-enact the acts they have seen in it with their partners. Women who watch it internalise the submissive masochistic role of the women who are in it and then they themselves desire to be similarly degraded. This means that not only are the women in pornography degraded and debased by having to perform these acts, but so are the partners of the men who watch it and so are the women who watch it and then desire to have these degrading acts preformed on them. Radical feminist’s goal is to ban pornography.
6. The beauty industry is harmful to women as it promotes sex roles and encourages women to take an obsessive interest in their appearance. This leads to women ingesting harmful chemicals and having needless plastic surgeries and procedures. It is also instrumental in the development of eating disorders in young girls and women with its obsession with dieting and the "ideal" body type. It also worships youth and devalues older women. Radical feminist’s goal is to empower women to feel that they can refuse the beauty industry's demands that they perform these rituals on themselves and still feel like they are "real" women with value and worth.
7. The medical establishment has not historically had women’s best interests at heart. Although there is no denying that some benefits have come about through medicine, it must never be forgotten that the male medical establishment has performed monstrous atrocities on women’s bodies and minds from the moment of its conception and has continued to do so ever since. Radical feminists goal is to encourage women to question medical "professionals" and research for themselves what’s best for them and to not just passively accept what Dr's promote just because they have passed a patriarchal established set of requirements. This is more important now than ever with the huge & sinister influence big pharma has on medicine. The medical fields of psychiatry, gynaecology and obstetrics particularly need to be treated with extreme caution.
Radical feminism says women have options, not in the libfem way, without analysing the impact those choices will have or how difficult those decisions may be to make, but by explaining why women may have made the decisions they have, an offering alternative options that are empowering. Radical feminism does not believe women are "fem bots" without a mind of her own. Radical feminism is not about convincing women they are "Stockholm syndromed" to men with no power to leave men if they desire to do so. On the contrary radical feminism puts forth the proposition that women are strong and can be courageous enough to be independent of men if they make the decision to be.
Radical: of, relating to, or proceeding from a root. Radical feminism seeks to find the root of the problem (what maintains patriarchy), names it and seeks to find methods to solve it. Radical feminism is about women finding their inner strength to look at things as they truly are and having the courage to change things if she doesn't like what she sees.
Radical feminism is for all human beings born and raised as females. It is NOT elitist. Radical feminists realise we all are oppressed as women; we also know that other kinds of oppression impact us too like racism, classism, lesbian hating, ageism etc. We would like to abolish hierarchies between ourselves, however we understand that women under patriarchy have been socialised into hierarchies and so will have internalised many of those beliefs and prejudices that they have been taught in this patriarchal society, until they have worked to unlearn and discard them. This means we acknowledge that a woman of a different race or ethnicity will have a harder time under patriarchy than a white woman would have. The same can be said of a lesbian woman as opposed to a heterosexual woman. Or a working class woman as opposed to a middle class woman. In patriarchy the ideal or "real" woman is a white middle class, heterosexual (preferably married) woman, who is a mother, these are the women most valued in our patriarchal society. These women get the most social acceptance and less hate and oppression directed at them than woman in the less valued groups. To overcome this and make our movement egalitarian we need to acknowledge where we may be in a more privileged position and understand that other women do suffer from discrimination and oppression, as women from men as we all do, but also from other women who have been socially conditioned to believe they are superior to other women by virtue of being white, and/or middle class, and/or heterosexual. We realise there is no point in pretending woman aren't socialised into these hierarchies as this just causes grievances to build and sweeping issues under the carpet doesn't solve anything. There is no excuse for racism, lesbian hating, classism, or ageism and just because we are women doesn't let us off the hook. Radical feminism is a principled and ethical movement that values ALL women equally.