If there is one thing that makes me deduct IQ points faster than a popped collar or Donald Trump endorsement, it’s a woman saying “I’m not a feminist.”
Assuming all feminists are the same extreme man-haters is like assuming all Christians are like the Duggars. There is so much media out there to correct your erroneous assumptions that all I hear someone who is willfully ignorant or a coward.
If you like the rights you have but think women aren’t equal yet and should be, you’re a feminist. Personally, I lose most of my respect for any woman who ‘isn’t really a feminist.’ You don’t have to be political to agree with points we make or what we’re fighting for.
There are also plenty of ways to not be a feminist. If you agree with any of the following, you’re probably not one of us.
-I’m fine with the wage gap.
-I’m OK that men are never asked “How do you balance career and family?”
-I have no problem that having kids will greatly impact my chance at a promotion or raise or could even cost me my career.
-I don’t believe in rape culture.
-Street harassment is not a big deal.
-Voting isn’t that big of a deal to me.
-I think the media and advertising do a good job portraying women. There are no representation problems.
-Defunding Planned Parenthood isn’t that big of a deal. Those women can just go somewhere else.
-I am not afraid that women’s right to choose is at risk
-Personhood amendments are a good idea.
-I believe there is no war on women.
-Breastfeeding is gross and shouldn’t be done in public.
-Abstinence only sex education works.
-I think women are partly responsible for their rapes and sexual assaults.
-Menists and MRAs have a point.
-It’s about ethics in video game journalism.
-I’m more of a humanist.
-Donald Trump would be a good president.
If you disagree with anything on this list, you’re almost definitely a feminist. Take the name and own it. Otherwise, you’re part of the problem.