Is ‘Feminist’ Now A Dirty Word? | msnbc
When Did Feminism Become 2014’s Dirty Word?
If you’re a female celebrity these days, you better be prepared to be hunted down whether you identify yourself as a feminist or not.
In case you missed the news last week – and lets face it, if you weren’t Kim Kardashian’s oiled up assets you weren’t news – Time magazine called-out the word ‘feminist’ by including it in their annual list of words to ban in 2015. Their complaint? Celebrities are ruining it for the rest of us…
‘Let’s stick to the issues and quit throwing this label around like ticker tape at a Susan B. Anthony parade,’ they declared and in one fell swoop radically missed the point. The internet raged, the magazine quickly penned a regretful apology:
‘Time apologizes for the execution of this poll; the word ‘feminist’ should not have been included in a list of words to ban.’ They continued to back-pedal: ‘While we meant to invite debate about some ways the word was used this year, that nuance was lost, and we regret that its inclusion has become a distraction from the important debate over equality and justice.’
It’s certainly been a rollercoaster ride for feminism in 2014. If you’re a female celebrity these days, you better be prepared to be hunted down like ambushed prey whether you identify yourself as a feminist or not.
For every empowered celebrity getting lassoed for daring to attach herself to the cause (Beyoncé immediately springs to mind), there’s an unsuspecting A-lister who’s pack-hunted like a gazelle for simply getting feminism a bit wrong. Who could forget Katy Perry’s twitterquake earlier this year when she ‘ummed’ about feminism? Questioned about whether she identified herself as a feminist she replied: ‘I used to not really understand what that word meant, and now that I do, it just means that I love myself as a female and I also love men.’ The internet-predators pounced.
Video: Emma Watson: 'Feminism is not man hating'
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