What is Feminism Anyway?

The New Statesman, a great current affairs magazine and online presence out of the UK, asked feministing to post a series on, well, feminism and gender theory. Their Faith Column features a new person each week elucidating why they care deeply about a particular spiritual or intellectual philosophy. So this week, it’s me, and I’m schooling peeps on what feminism ain’t, what it is, and what it could be (to me at least). Check it out and feel free to put your two cents in the comments section.

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  1. jochre
    Posted November 26, 2007 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Geez louise, why perpetuate the “ugly” stereotype of earlier wave feminists?
    I was a “pretty snappy dresser” during the ’70s (you can’t blame the fashion excesses of that decade on feminism) and cute as all get out, there was one professional model in my particular Media committee of NOW, and about the same number of real beauties as the general population, even in the first wave: Gloria Steinem, anyone?
    There was more to hate about men during that first wave, but almost everyone of the hetero feminists I knew (including me) had a loving arrangement with a boyfriend or husband.
    Betty Friedan was also a cutie in her 20s-30s, and quite the life-long flirt with men, Bella Abzug in a long marriage, but middle-age isn’t always a beautifier, as you may learn in a number of decades.
    So puhleeze, don’t reflexively fall for the Rush Limbaugh propaganda.

  2. Posted November 26, 2007 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Smart stuff. Looking forward to reading more.

  3. Posted November 26, 2007 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Looks to be fantastic so far, I’m really looking forward to it (especially as a fairly recent “convert” to feminism, who’s still learning the ropes!)

  4. Hope J. Maddy
    Posted November 29, 2007 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    Keep up the good work Courtney! I posted on Newstatesman as well and will be sharing your articles with my gender studies 101 class.
    I did wince just a bit though on the “ugly” stereotype mentioned above…but it does not, I believe, detract from the larger article. Sometimes you have to say the stereotype to debunk it.

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