Why ‘feminist’ is a slur for a ‘feminine’ dress
A New York Times article from this week explains how, at least according to a lot of people, “feminist” can also be a slur.
“If you want to be ‘feministic’ and you’re not a ‘man’ or a ‘woman,’ then you should get rid of the word ‘feminism’ because it’s a bad word,” said the article’s author, Sara Guevara.
“It’s a slur that implies you don’t know what feminism is, and that’s not true at all.”
While the article didn’t explicitly call out “feminism,” it does make the case that the word “femininity” is problematic for a number of reasons.
“Femininity” implies that women should be more like men, it’s used to label female and non-binary identities, and “feminists” are those who are critical of feminism.
“There’s no such thing as a ‘femme,’ and there’s no like a ‘girl’ or ‘boy,'” Guegara wrote.
The article continues, citing a recent survey by the National Organization for Women that found that about 70 percent of women believe that feminism is outdated, while about 50 percent of men believe that the term is outdated.
Guevaras conclusion, which is echoed by a slew of other articles and websites that use the term “feminine,” is that “feminista” is “a slur.”
The term was coined by a woman in the 1990s to describe the way women are perceived by the media and society, said Gueva.
“When I first heard the term, I thought, ‘Oh, they’re saying that they’re going to put the word feminist in the title,'” she said.
“But that was actually a mistake.
That’s because ‘feminista’ is an outdated word, it doesn’t have any positive connotations and it doesn to my mind, is sexist.””
It’s really, really, not an accurate way to describe who I am,” Guevilas colleague said.
She also pointed out that the “feministic” label is not the same as the word that’s used for women who have no biological sex.
“I was raised by a single mom, I have no male relatives, I don’t wear a dress and I don, uh, wear heels.
So I don “feminize” myself,” she said, adding that “female” and “female-identifying” are also outdated terms.
The N.O.W. survey found that the vast majority of people who use the terms “feministe” and other feminist labels are men.
“I’m not a feminist.
I’m not an advocate of feminism,” Gues said.
And she’s not alone.
“A lot of men use the word feminism and they’re very comfortable with it, like, ‘I’m okay with that,'” said Amanda Smith, a social studies professor at the University of Texas, Austin.
“The only time it gets thrown at women is if we’re being misogynistic.”
Guevila said she thinks the word is “too big a term,” especially given that “the word has been around for centuries.”
“I would love to see a time where we stop using the word and start using something more inclusive,” she added.