#feminismisdead: Feminism: an excuse to exploit women? – @PatriarchTree

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These are really disturbing allegations about the goings-on in the Thinx company, which is, apparently, based on “beliefs in gender equality”. This piece, however, is written by someone who is so clearly anti-feminism and who really wants to grind his feminist axe. See, for example, the statement: ‘Feminism often seems to be interpreted as carte blanche for women to engage in […]

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#feminismisdead: Trump’s top woman advisor – Kellyanne Conway – and her tireless anti-woman advocacy – @seemstween @broadly

Conway has always gleefully inhabited this position. Katie Baker, a Republican strategist who worked on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, once said of Conway, “She has created a niche where candidates can check a box and say, well, they’ve got a woman advising them.” Indeed, before Conway became Trump’s righthand woman, she made a business out of helping Republican candidates—like Mike […]

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#feminismisdead: Trump’s moniker, “Crooked Hillary”, was a masterstroke

Trump’s moniker, “Crooked Hillary”, was a masterstroke. Snappy yet vague (and thus irrefutable), it gained instant traction. But it was hardly original. In portraying his opponent as untrustworthy, corrupt, and unfit for public office, Trump was reworking a theme common in the anti-feminist rhetoric of the post-war period. Writer Philip Wylie’s 1942 best-selling polemic, Generation of Vipers, excoriated American women […]

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#feminismisdead: Anti-feminism, then and now

⇾ Angela McRobbie; @oDTransform: Although anti-feminism is always changing its colours, it never goes away. As the writer and activist Susan Faludi documented in her important bookBacklash, an angry oppositional movement of ‘moral majority’ adherents arose almost concurrently with the rise of liberal and socialist feminism in the USA. In my own book The Aftermath of Feminism I traced a […]

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#feminismisdead: Local elections, university, journalism

Local elections, university, journalism: lots of things have made me consider my life as someone born a woman in the past couple of weeks, and as you know, for an oppressed group the personal is political. As one of a tiny fraction of female-presenting people that were allowed into the sixth form of an all-male school, I could never be […]

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#feminismisdead: “You Feminists All Think…”

It’s a recurrent theme in feminist writing – particularly online – that a lot of the effort in activism and education ends up being expended on denying people’s pre-existing assumptions about feminists. From the Women’s Studies professor told by a student that “I’m not a feminist because they say you have to sleep with every guy and I don’t believe […]

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#feminismisdead: Either Time magazine is engaged in an internal competition to publish Most Clueless Commentary On Feminism

Either Time magazine is engaged in an internal competition to publish Most Clueless Commentary On Feminism or they are prepping us for their MRA coming-out party (BYOB because equality, ladies). The first entry into the competition was, of course, Time‘s 2014 poll asking if the word “feminist” should be banned in 2015. Needing to make a splash in the New […]

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