A recent Buzzfeed list of famous women who donâ€™t identify as feminists should instead have been called â€śproof that nobody understands what feminism is.â€ť
Most of the women on the list seemed to be responding to the question â€śare you a rabid man-hater?â€ť not â€śare you a feminist?â€ť and/or not understand that those are two very different questions.
â€śI donâ€™t think that I would consider myself a feminist,â€ť Marissa Mayer said. â€śI think that I certainly believe in equal rights, I believe that women are just as capable.â€ť â€¦So then you mean to say you're a feminist?
â€śBut I donâ€™t, I think have, sort of, the militant drive and the sort of, the chip on the shoulder that sometimes comes with that,â€ť she continued. I donâ€™t have the guilt-tripping condescension and feigned moral superiority that some people equate with being a vegetarian. But I still donâ€™t eat meat. Am I not really vegetarian, after all?
Gwyneth Paltrow was relatively coherent when she specified that she doesnâ€™t agree with the particular tenet of feminism that says women shouldnâ€™t compromise their careers for love. But, of course, itâ€™s possible to participate in the give-and-take of a relationship and still be a feminist â€“ it would just mean making sure that there was some take involved as well as some give.
Glamour reblogged the post and added the question, â€śDoes that change how you feel about the way you identify yourself either way?â€ť
No, it makes me shake my head and sigh over the fact that so many people see all of feminism as chronic complainers and militant man-haters.
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