I am the F-Word.
UPDATED – 11/12/2014: Approximately 24 hours after this post went live, TIME magazine published their ballot for Which Word Should Be Banned in 2015. The word “feminist” is on the ballot… along with buzzwords and internet speak like “obvi” and “yaaaaas”. If there was ever a time that the word “feminist” needed to be taken back by those who truly understand it’s definition, THAT TIME IS NOW.
My mind is becoming increasingly boggled by the number of female celebrities declaring “I am not a feminist”…
and then explaining by following up with an actual feminist statement.
I am not a feminist. If men were going through the things women are going through today, I would be fighting for them with just as much passion. I believe in equality.
Equality = the definition of feminism.
What is this current need to distance ourselves (nay, run) from the word feminism? Are we afraid it will make us less attractive to men? Has the word become too militant to be likable? Are some women just confused as to what it actually means?
I wish I knew, because Selma is the latest to join a growing list of high profile women who (despite having clear feminist tendencies) have declared themselves not to be feminists…
and a lot of them because they clearly don’t understand or just don’t like “the word”.
[That word] just puts people in a stereotyped way of thinking. I think creation and doing, being active, is more important than talking about it.
Well, I don’t think of myself as a feminist at all. As soon as we start labeling and categorizing ourselves and others, that’s going to shut down the world. I would never say that.
I’m not a feminist – I, I hail men, I love men. I celebrate American male culture, and beer, and bars and muscle cars….
I wouldn’t go so far as to say I am a feminist, that can come off as a negative connotation. But I am a strong female. My parents raised me to be pretty independent and I grew up – I have sisters but they’re a lot older than me – an only child. I feel like that contributes to how I handle myself and how I carry myself.
No, I wouldn’t say feminist — that’s too strong. I think when people hear feminist, it’s like, ‘Get out of my way, I don’t need anyone.’ I love that I’m being taken care of and I have a man that’s a leader. I’m not a feminist in that sense.
WHAT IS GOING ON?
When did feminism become about pushing people out of the way, hating men, disliking beer, or not being a humanitarian?
When did feminism become about stereotypes?
Silly me, I always thought it was about rights.
I am a feminist…