What do these women have in common?
Dita Von Teese
Sandra Day O’Connor
Sarah Jessica Parker
You guessed it: none of them are feminists.
Naturally, the Jezebelles consider these women to be “misguided.” Apparently, respect for women’s minds does not extend to the minds of women who freely choose not to be feminists.
Why do these women reject feminism?
Jezebel lists the reasons:
They like men.
They don’t like the word.
They think it needs a caveat.
They’re not angry.
They don’t need feminism any more.
They’re really just a humanist [sic].
All of the above.
I would also add Beyonce’s reason:
I'm just a woman and I love being a woman.
The Jezebelles believes that any woman who believes in equal rights for women must be a feminist. They do not understand that the truth does not lie in the lofty ideal but in four decades of feminist practice.
Feminism has garnered itself a bad reputation. Intelligent, successful women understand that identifying as a feminist involves embracing the bad as well as the good about the ideology.
Perhaps more significantly, women who are clearly in the public eye feel that they can say No to feminism without suffering any damage.
What if these women do not want to identify as feminists because feminists demean women who choose not to embrace it? Isn’t it about time for feminists to start asking themselves how they have managed to tarnish their own brand? Getting over their contempt for women would be a good place to start.