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Feminism: an ugly word or an ugly world?

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A good piece on the Women Against Feminism hashtag on Twitter, and on feminism in general

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There exists a perfidious stigma attached to the word feminism: it ought to sound as natural and as morally straightforward as affirming one is anti-racist or anti-homophobic, yet to many it doesn’t.

The “Women against feminism” campaign has accrued over 20, 000 likes on Facebook and it adumbrates many of the reasons why some women reject the term feminism. Needless to say, their reasoning was predicated upon a conception of feminism that frames feminists as “men haters” and seemingly denies the reality of instuitional sexism.

The phenomenon of demonising those who object to the patraichial status quo is not a recent one. The suffragettes were routinely depicted as “hysterical” or “irrational” for challenging the systematic and institutional way whereby women were subordinated in society. Positing that contemporary feminists are intemperate “men haters” is not dissimilar to contending that they were “shrill” and “hysterical”. Both intentions are indubitably noxious; They attempt…

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Written by Iram Ramzan

September 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm

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  1. It depends on the kind of feminism. There are three types of feminism:

    Andreas Moser

    September 13, 2014 at 6:37 am

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