There’s a battle brewing in the “war on women” and it’s surprisingly from women themselves. “Women Against Feminism” has been trending on social media and women who call themselves anti-feminist are declaring why they don’t need feminism.
Many of the voices speaking out are declaring the original definition of feminism has been hijacked by a movement that is more about self-interests and an oppressive progressive agenda than about social, economic or political equality of the sexes:
“I don’t need feminism because instead of empowering “All People” they tear down anyone who is openly not feminist.”
“Feminism has become a pseudonym for bullying.”
“I don’t need feminism because I am not oppressed and I am the only thing holding me back! Not the ‘patriarchy’ or ‘internalized sexism’.”
“I don’t need feminism because my sex life is NOT a political agenda.”
“I don’t need feminism because I can form my own opinions without the influence of other women, politicians, and liberal college professors.”
This anti-feminist movement is not without its critics. Nina Burleigh of the New York Observer professes her disdain for the movement as “another club for self-effacing female enablers of angry white men.” When does a liberal not use the race card? She further calls the movement, “a sock puppet for the aggrieved misogynists and pedophiles of the anti-feminist men’s rights crowd.” A movement represented by primarily all women, espousing to the opposition of feminism, seems hardly believable as some sort of male anger inspired conflict.
However, there are some feminists who are looking at the “Women Against Feminism” movement objectively and noting, perhaps, modern-day feminism has gone too far. One writer answers to the argument of the oppression and victimhood of women. She states, “…they (anti-feminists) make a strong argument that a ‘patriarchy’ that let’s women vote, work, attend college, get divorced, run for political office and own businesses on the same terms as men isn’t quite living up to its label.”
Another pro-feminist writer sympathizes with the choice and opinions of those in the anti-feminist movement. “Never mind the discrepancies in the workplace or household. We need feminism. Still, the pain that we experience as women – even physical- does not give us the right to tell people there’s one way to think or feel, or to assume that we have some godlike understanding of everyone’s motivations,” she states.
Feminism is not one-size-fits-all and this third wave movement has ostracized many women who are now taking to social media to say, “Enough!” You can spin it any way you like but there is a growing backlash because feminism is no longer inclusive of women who think and feel differently. Feminism has embraced victimhood instead of sisterhood and where is the equality and freedom in that?
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