At the end of the day, I think the next 10 years will be a battle for the hearts and minds of young people — those who have grown up with feminism and understand it, and those who are being convinced in the dark corners of the internet that the women’s rights movement has gone too far. If the polarization of the country more broadly is any indication, the next 10 years for feminism a…
Of all the most ridiculous things, the battle is hardest fought over the word itself. According to the YouGov report on feminism, over 80% of women believe that women should “have” equality with men, but barely 30% of women call themselves a feminist.
Seems to me the rallying cry is “I believe in equality, but I’m not a feminist” — which makes me believe the whispering from the dark corners of the internet are having a bigger effect than they should.
Feminism should not be a bad word, but all the garbage and nonsense stapled onto feminism is making woman shy away from the word even when they believe in gender equality. We have a long way to go if the negative connotations of the word feminism is scaring women away.