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Perplexing…

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I came across this today on a blog:

“I am not a feminist in the offensive sense of the word.”

Whaaaaa? Feminism (and therefore a feminist) has two faces? The offensive face, and the nice face? And this writer wants to make sure we understand that she is associating with the nice face?

Makes me think of  the qualifier; “Not that there is anything wrong with that…” Well, if there wasn’t anything wrong with it, you probably wouldn’t be talking about it.

Okay, so maybe it’s not perplexing. It’s disappointing.

Feminism is undermined (with wild effectiveness) by schism created and maintained by popular culture. The patriarchy loves, “I’m not a feminist but…,” along with statements like the above. The distancing from the movement, so as not to be perceived negatively.

So, if the writer isn’t a feminist in the offensive sense of the word, what sort of feminist are they?

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Written by this woman

April 15, 2010 at 8:13 PM

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