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.