Women Against Feminism show how bad arguments against feminism really are

By Amanda Marcotte
Monday, July 14, 2014 11:21 EDT
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Stop talking about equality! You’re making us all look bad!

Damn you, Buzzfeed, for finding some of the weirder corners of the internet to gawk at. Rossalyn Warren discovered a page called Women Against Feminism, a landing ground for women who respond to sexism with denial and who hope to be protected by misogyny by hating other women first. It’s also a first class argument for why the “people standing there holding a sheet of paper they’ve written on” thing really should be toast. It was fun for awhile, but let’s find another cliched way to appear profound, guys. I know it can be done. Anyway, some of these pictures are just, oof.

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I’m guessing that this “just tell them to fuck off” approach doesn’t apply to situations where men could be victims. Mugging is a criminal offense that deserves social policies to address it, because men are understood to be equally victimized. Rape and domestic violence? “Fuck off” should do. Your boss is treating you unjustly, subjecting you to an unsafe workplace or docking your pay unfairly? Check your driver’s license and see if you have an “M” or an “F” by your name. That will help you determine if you are entitled to address this in a court of law or if you should be satisfied with the magical power of “fuck off”, which never has any negative repercussions. Are you a student who is assaulted on campus? If the assailant punched you, lucky you! You can report him to the school and he’ll be expelled. Did he rape you? Eh, “fuck off” is good enough for you.

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And how better to show your respect to “all” humans but to support an ideology that denies the humanity of half of us?

against feminism 3The idea that violence is solely the fault of the victim’s and that simply by saying you are “not a victim” or “not a target for violence” creates an imaginary force field around you to prevent violence comes up a lot. Indeed, “wishing makes it true” was a common theme amongst all these pictures. Just say you’re already equal, and boom! Magically, you are. Say that women are not targeted for violence and boom! Magically, all those rape victims disappear. And if they don’t, well they probably were asking for it by not reciting the words, “I am not a target for violence,” a magical incantation that prevents it.

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I’m a strong woman! Ignore the man on the other side of the camera who is eating up all this garbage about how he’s being oppressed by all the meanie feminists demanding equality.

against feminism 5Indeed, unseen husbands holding cameras while their wife gives them “I won’t ever be one of those dirty feminists who wants equality” eyes at them is a common theme here.

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Unseen camera holders really like hearing that all of men’s issues should be addressed before women get any consideration at all.

against feminism 7While there’s always a depressing chance that someone yelling “I am not a victim” is living in denial of actual problems, let’s just take this one at face value and assume this woman has lived a blessed life free of any sexism at all. Unlikely, but okay. To which I say, so what? Would this logic ever work anywhere else? “I don’t need a labor movement because I was born with a trust fund.” “I’ve never been mugged, so let’s just get rid of the police.” “I take the subway, so we should ban roads.” “I’ve never gone hungry, so clearly everyone else should just starve.”

Yes, I realize that kind of egocentric thinking tends to be behind most conservative fuckwittery, but rarely do you see it so stupidly on display. They usually try to dress it up a little more than this.

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It’s not really respect if you’re required to accept an ideology that holds that women are inferior in order to get it.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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