Why Is Feminism ‘A Dirty Word?’ (more on Before/ After Caitlin Moran feminism)
There are several excellent blog responses to that ridiculous Guardian piece – Why is ‘feminism’ such a tough badge to wear? – which declared that feminism should be quantified and conceptualised under two headings – BC Feminism and AC Feminism – Before/ After Caitlin [Moran] Feminism. (Apologies for my overuse of dashes in that sentence.)
I know. If Moran wasn’t such an assault on feminist senses, I’d consider it a quirky – though ultimately puerile and useless – argument but she is so I don’t. Instead, I consider it offensive and hideously ill-informed.
So the responses. This one is from Echidne of the Snakes:
That’s in the address of a Guardian piece with the final title:
Why is ‘feminism’ such a tough badge to wear?’Do read the piece. What I want to write about are the comments because they are more illuminating about the possible answers. Let’s see if I can put them into some kind of classes:
First Class of Arguments
This is the argument that the piece itself mentions:
As Siobhan Garrigan, who studies English at the University of Lincoln, puts it: “Young people don’t want to identify as feminists because there is this man-hating, frumpy, lesbian image forced on us.”
You must have heard about those accusations many, many times before! I certainly have. I’m gorgeous, lurve men (especially with pesto and garlic) and, sadly, fail to be anything but quite heterosexual. Well OK. I’m not gorgeous. But I certainly am not frumpy! The gall, she mutters.
All joking aside, those three accusations don’t have anything to do with each other. The first one states that anyone wanting gender equality must hate men. That’s pretty weird. The second one argues, that women who want gender equality cannot be attractive enough to get men in a system where women are second-class citizens. Only unattractive women would want equality!
[Read more: echidneofthesnakes]
- [link] I am grateful to Caitlin Moran for one thing (afeimineach.wordpress.com)
- [link] What the Girls spat on Twitter, and Caitlin Moran, tells us about feminism (afeimineach.wordpress.com)
- [link] You don’t need an MA in gender studies to know that race matters to feminism (afeimineach.wordpress.com)
- [link] How to be better: on intersectionality, privilege and silencing (afeimineach.wordpress.com)
- Why is ‘feminism’ such a tough badge to wear? (guardian.co.uk)
- [link] My thoughts on Femen and feminism (afeimineach.wordpress.com)
- [link] Man haters? (afeimineach.wordpress.com)
- Why is ‘feminism’ such a tough badge to wear? (oddonion.com)