Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: Our young feminist readers! Who exist!

Even if USA Today says they don’t!

Yesterday, USA Today ran an article about how young women don’t identify as feminists anymore. Feminism, the article claims, is “over the hill.”

As Jos wrote in response to that article, there’s nothing new about the “feminism is dead” trend piece: people have been announcing the death of feminism pretty much since the day after feminism was born. The numerous and frequent announcements that feminism is dead or irrelevant are, in my opinion, part wishful thinking, part backlash, part laziness and all stupid. They’re also demonstrably wrong.

And while it’s incredibly annoying, as a young feminist woman, to be told over and over again that I don’t exist, I take comfort in the fact that, as evidenced by the movement of my fingers over my keyboard as I write this, I do exist. And you know what? So do hundreds of thousands of other young feminists out there.

How do I know that? Well, a bunch of you come to our blog every month and read feminist analysis of news, current events, politics and pop culture. You comment on that analysis and contribute your own at the Community blog. You come to our happy hours and bring us to your college campuses. You write us emails to tell us when we’re doing a good job – and when we’re not.

So unless this has all been one giant, incredibly elaborate, painstakingly orchestrated hoax, or unless we’re all a figment of Christopher Nolan’s imagination, I’m pretty sure we all exist. We, the young feminist writers of Feministing, exist. You, the passionate, engaged, committed, readers of Feministing, exist. And we all care about gender equality. We might not all call ourselves by the f-word, but we do all agree that sexism sucks, and that the fight to end it is ongoing, and that it’s a fight we care deeply about and want to be a part of.

So here’s to you, dear readers. Thanks for proving USA Today wrong, today and every day. To you, to your existence, and to ours, and to our feminism – I’d like to give a hearty and heartfelt fuck yeah!

New York, NY

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia.

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