War of the words

"Rebecca Traister has an article in Salon today going over the tired territory that the thing standing between women and equality is that dirty word 'feminist'. As in that thing that so many people aren't, but....." writes Amanda Marcotte, "the problem with feminism is not the word. The problem is that equality for women is a controversial idea. When I write about specific feminist issues, the bile comes out not at the word 'feminist' but at the idea that women exist for our own reasons and not at the disposal of men. You could call it 'suckacockism' and people would still hate it as long as you were calling for women's social, economic and political equality." (Pandagon)

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