Yes. This. A thousand times, this. I haven’t been able to figure out how to write about this situation yet, because it perplexes me. I don’t understand the backlash against a movement that has, without a major war, helped to level the playing field in everything from voting rights to education to what jobs are open to me. I’m confused by the suggestion that the work of feminism is “done,” too, when there are still massive gender and sex inequalities that get even more complex when a person’s race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, or geographical location marks them as different from the status quo.
If you’ve been on the internet at all in the past week, you’ve probably already seen the Women Against Feminism tumblr going around, or at the very least read about it.
I didn’t think too much of it when I saw it, for two reasons. For one, most of the women had a tenuous grasp (at best) on the definition of feminism, one that seemed like it was informed in its entirety by Rush Limbaugh and Jessi Spano, and also the belief that “misandry” jokes are actually serious.
The other reason was that most of the “women” actually looked like teenage girls. Considering that I was super into Ayn Rand when I was a teenage girl, I can’t get too far up on my high horse with regards to the contributors. Let’s just say that if Tumblr was around in the late 1990s, I’m sure there’d be a photo of…
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