Feminism has been a hotly debated topic as of late, with many people – men and women – seeing no more need for it in the United States while others think it has gone way too far in its attempts to make women superior to men. Many still believe that females still aren’t equal to men and thus say that even in our progressive society, feminism is still necessary.
No matter your position on the matter, I think we can ALL agree that there are some kinds of “feminists” who would be better off being shot straight into the sun.
1. The “Now That I Have A Daughter” Male Feminist
While guys usually say this so as to have some sort of footing in a feminist discussion, it puts women off. When you say it, we hear “I didn’t really feel like you deserved any rights but now that it affects me, I’ve changed my mind!” This may not be what you mean, but it’s what comes across. Find another way to voice your opinion, but for the love of all that is cute and fluffy I beg you to stop using this phrase.
2. Feminists Who Defend Sexual Predators
There is a difference between waiting patiently for the facts surrounding a sexual assault claim to come out, and defending the accused without a second thought. Celebrity feminist and controversial actress Lena Dunham once issued a tweet saying “Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don’t lie about: rape.” Such an absolute statement leaves no room for misinterpretation, right? Perhaps that’s why it was so surprising that she came to the defense of Murray Miller, co-writer for the HBO series “Girls,” in which Dunham stars. Miller was accused of raping actress Aurora Perrineau when she was 17, which Lena was quick to write off as “one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year.” A far cry from her “100% of women are telling the truth when they claim to have been raped” tweet, right? Not long after issuing an inane statement in defense of Miller, she was forced to slap together a groveling apology, something that you could almost set your watch by, at this point. This is exactly the kind of feminist the world doesn’t need.
3. The Male-Hating Feminists
While most feminists will tell you that their movement is about equality, there is a loud minority of women (and men) who seem to hate everything about the male gender. One man’s fault is suddenly a condemnation of the entire sex, and men are getting sick of it. It has successfully alienated an entire group of people (including women who may not be fully on board with modern feminism) from joining in the conversation and moving forward the business of equality in our nation. Treating men poorly makes the movement less sympathetic, and has even pushed a lot of women to defend their male counterparts from the needless attacks which is bad for feminism as a whole. If you find yourself reading a story about one man doing something terrible and thinking “men are garbage,” then you need to re-evaluate your stance. You’re not helping your cause.
4. The “Everything is Sexism” Feminist
It seems like nobody can have a negative opinion about a female without being declared a sexist or misogynist. For instance, when Hillary Clinton was running for the Presidency in 2016 it seemed that anyone who criticized her – however legitimately – was called a sexist and their opinions ignored. Women are not exempt from the realities of life (and they are numerous and harsh) and reminding everyone you have genitals just makes us uncomfortable. Stick to calling out legitimate examples of sexism and stop trying to find new, innocuous things to label. “Mansplaining” doesn’t mean anything, and “manspreading” is a normal action that everyone does. Stop putting “man” in front of words to make them evil.
5. Men Who Embrace Feminism To Get Laid
We all know at least ONE guy who has dedicated himself to the cause of feminism for all the wrong reasons. He seems to believe that marching for equality and wearing “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” shirt will get him a girlfriend, despite the fact that he has the personality of wet cardboard and looks like a foot. Saturday Night Live skewered these fake feminists on their show in a MUST SEE video that will have you laughing for days, whether you identify as a feminist or not.