MoJo Columnist: Young feminists should “blog less and work more”

Seriously? I mean…seriously?
Mother Jones blogger and columnist Debra Dickerson, responding to the NYT piece on the future of abortion providers, writes that young feminists should “blog less and work more.” Ya know, because young women don’t actually do anything. (Ahem.)

But you young chicks maybe need to go the Northern Exposure route, sending folks to med school in exchange for a few years running an abortion clinic. That feminist fire in the belly? I gotta say: Pole-dancing, walking around half-naked, posting drunk photos on Facebook, and blogging about your sex lives ain’t exactly what we previous generations thought feminism was. We thought it was about taking it to the streets.

Yeah, taking it to the streets is something young feminists never do.
Dickerson seems to have a penchant for calling young feminists “pole dancers” and “chicks”, so I’m loathe to take her too seriously…but there is something so infuriating about someone with a progressive platform like Mother Jones promoting the most hackneyed stereotypes of young feminists and young women. (Courtney via email has two questions for Debra: How many abortions have you provided? And do you know any young women?)

Harsh, you say? Uninformed? OK. Tell me exactly what today’s feminists are doing for the struggle.

I think maybe we should tell her. Please go comment at MoJo and tell Dickerson what young feminists are really like. (Couldn’t find her email address…)
Related: Elisabeth Garber-Paul at RH Reality Check also weighs in.

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  • brianna

    I think that this is the crux of the issue.
    Yes, abortion providers are very, very important. You can’t deny that. But, why is it such a problem? Why aren’t abortions an expected part of quality health care? It’s because society still thinks that there is something wrong with it.
    The ultimate goal (as far as I’m concerned, anyway!) of feminism, is not to provide abortions, or women’s shelters, or any other service, important though they may be. The goal is to make far reaching, fundamental changes in the culture and the society, to change beliefs and attitudes about women. To do this, we must communicate ideas.
    Blogging is more than an organizational tool for ‘real’ work. Blogging, in itself, is a way to influence and change society.