recent months I have become angry and frustated
at the complete lack of comprehension of what
a feminist is. Women like Chynna the Wrestler
and Shania Twain, have made public statements
to deny they are feminists and equate the word
with fat angry women who hate men. How would you
respond to someone when they take this tact?
entirely agree that it's frustrating to hear people
so totally misinformed about feminism, but the
worst thing to be is defensive. When I hear comments
like that, I tend to turn the question back onto
the questioner, for instance, when someone says,
"but all feminists are fat, ugly, man-hating,"
I say "that's funny, that's not my impression
of feminism." Yes, some fit that description and
there is nothing wrong with that type of person,
but we have to make sure that people see the full
range of feminisms and feminists. When I see people
engaging in a feminist act, like organizing the
Lilith Tour, I usually approach it from a different
angle and say "so what other feminist work have
you done?" Most people would ask - are you a feminist?
I assume that everyone is.
we need more people to own their feminism - this
will inevitably give us a greater range of feminists
and we won't have to limit ourselves to these
narrow definitions. I know it's frustrating, but
thanks for trying.