The Different Types of Not-A-Feminist Women
There's so many ways to respond to this tedious trotting out of stereotypes about feminists, all involving playing into the hands of people who want to condescendingly sneer at feminists for being so earnest, what with their interest in human rights and equality. Well, I for one refuse. Instead, I'm just going to make a list of my own, this time of women who disavow calling themselves feminists, even though by doing so, they kind of admit that they think they're inferior to men.
Angry, Joyless Anti-Feminists.
Humorless, undersexed women who get their revenge for being boring joy killers by making sure other women aren't going to reap the rewards of liberation. They tend to obsess heavily about other women's sex lives, and the stopping of them through unwanted child-bearing and/or coming down with an STD. If you get raped, they're the first in line to say it's your fault for thinking you had a right to try to get some joy out of life by going to parties, going on dates, drinking, or just leaving the house for reasons other than work and grocery shopping.
Examples: Leslee Unruh, Michele Bachmann
I'm The Only Smart Girl In The Room Non-Feminists
These are women who believe themselves smart and capable—often as smart and capable as men—but believe they are the exception to the rule of women generally being stupid and boring. By doing this, they get to feel superior to most other woman and treated, in their mind, like honorary men. They live to hear some guy say to them, "You're not like other girls." They are willing to tolerate men condescending to them and treating them as inferior as long as they get to be treated as better than all other women.
Examples: S.E. Cupp, Maureen Dowd
Just Plain Ignorant Non-Feminists
These are women who've bought all the anti-feminist propaganda about baby-killing and bra-burning, and they haven't thought to question it. They probably would agree with feminists if they thought much about it, but by and large, they don't try to go there. They're somewhat afraid of questioning the status quo anyway, because if they became feminists, they fear (often rightly) that they would be abandoned by their families and their communities. It's easier to believe anti-woman bullshit just like it's easier to believe in god, since asking questions is just too damn dangerous.
Examples: Mostly not known, since sticking out is against their value system. This group has heavy representation by well-meaning women who married young and don't have a lot of options.
Self-Hating Women Who Want Applause From Misogynists To Quiet The Emotional Storm Inside Anti-Feminists
Similiar to the women who want to be the smartest girl in room, except these women are even meaner and exude hate for other women that is only equaled by their hunger to have creepiness-exuding misogynists say nice things about them. It's not enough to simply dismiss other women as inferior; they openly hate other women and beg misogynists to give them cookies for their willingness to attack other women. Sometimes they pretend they are feminists, because doing so makes their attacks on other women even uglier and more protracted.
Examples: Ann Althouse, Ann Coulter (don't name your girls Ann, people)
I Pander To Sexist Pigs Because I Don't Believe I Can Get Actual Respect From Men Non-Feminists
These are women who agree with the actual points of feminism, but they don't have enough spine to stand up for their beliefs. They're just so afraid of some guy somewhere not liking them that they cherish the head pats of sexist douchebags who don't think much of women. They don't expect that men can give women actual respect, much less be enthusiastic about women and women's ideas. When they see men that are overtly pro-woman,they suspect said men have ulterior motives, because their suspicious views make it hard for them to imagine that a man could actually just like a woman for herself. To be fair, if you're out in the world, you do meet a lot of men like this, but these women haven't caught on to the idea that entertaining men who don't really like you is a waste of your time, time that could be better spent finding more interesting people to hang out with (including—gasp!—women). They like to pander to sexist men by making fun of feminists, but often secretly envy feminists for not being afraid to face criticism. They believe that no one will ever want to fuck you again if you're caught doing something like admiring Nancy Pelosi or giving money to Planned Parenthood, so they do these things in secret while practicing their "I'm not a stupid feminist" act in the mirror while wearing a romper before going out to mingle with men who don't even pretend to listen to them talk. They believe that having men treat you like you're the second coming of Zooey Deschanel will cure the yearning for something greater inside. Many feminists are nice to them, but mainly because they feel kind of bad for them.
Examples: Well, I'd say Johanna De Silentio's piece at Thought Catalog is the best example of the form I've seen in the past 24 hours.
My largest problem with De Silentio's piece was that it was kind of lazy. There were entire swaths of feminists she could have stereotyped in order to get head pats from sexist douchebags. I personally felt left out—where was the category of feminists who are addicted to withering sarcasm? I kind of think Tina Fey belonged to that category, anyway.