WORDS: SERENA CHERRY

“To Everyone Who Has Called Me a Feminazi,

What exactly do you mean when you brandish the term “Feminazi?” Do you genuinely equate women fighting for equal rights with oppressive right-wing dictatorship? Where has this unfounded association between feminism and Nazism been plucked from? Please, show your workings.

Please show me the similarities between Gloria Steinem and Adolf Hitler. Show me the part where feminists are starting a horrific World War. Show me the part where the Third Reich battled against rape and domestic abuse. Because, I’m not going to lie, this feminism/Nazi link all looks at bit tenuous from here. I’m struggling to spot the glaring similarities. This sure is a funny game of snap.

Or maybe I’m being too literal. Maybe that’s not what you mean when I speak out against sexism and you shout “FEMINAZI!” in retort. Maybe you just want to stick one of the most abhorrent words with the most negative connotations on the end of the word ‘feminist.’ What a powerful way to discourage people from being feminists – by creating an insult that paints them in the same light as fascists.

Is that your logic? To demonize feminism? To create an insult so repulsive that women will never want to declare themselves as feminists?”

No one in their right mind wants to be associated with Nazis. So, if we call feminists “feminazis” then no one will want to be a feminist either. Is that your logic? To demonize feminism? To create an insult so repulsive that women will never want to declare themselves as feminists, for fear of being likened to the atrocities of World War 2.

The Oxford Dictionary of American Political Slag describes a ‘Feminazi’ as a “strong-willed woman.” …That’s it? What’s so bad about being strong-willed that we need to use the word Nazi to describe this trait in a woman? Is this word your little way of telling us you prefer your women weak-willed? Fine. Good luck with that.

The danger with words like Feminazi is the misconceptions they spread about feminism. A movement that already suffers heavily from misconceptions, perhaps because the subject features rarely in education from a young age. We can’t expect everyone to have read Germaine Greer or studied Sociology, and therefore the layman’s understandings of feminism often rely dubiously on hearsay or the male-dominated media.

Pictured: Serena with fellow band mates in Bristol metal outfit, Svalbard.

“the word Feminazi couldn’t be further from Feminism! We need to stop this tarnish from overpowering the truth.”

Just imagine a young girl, wanting to be treated the same as the boys, getting called a feminazi – and that’s the first thing she hears about feminism. That’s her introduction – that feminism is associated with bad things. The negative connotation is likely to stick and permeate her view on fighting for equal rights. I recall watching an episode of Geordie Shore where Charlotte and Holly state that being a feminist means being a lesbian and hating all men. And that misconception was broadcast to their millions of young viewers. If the knowledge of what feminism really means isn’t readily available to all, then ignorant insults like “Feminazi” still have the power to damage the general view on those who fight for women’s rights. And yet the word Feminazi couldn’t be further from Feminism! We need to stop this tarnish from overpowering the truth.

So, to everyone who has ever called someone a feminazi. I ask you this. Have you ever actually MET an ACTUAL feminazi? An antisemitic, swastika-wielding, violent right-wing fascist who campaigns for equal rights, equal pay, birth control, protection from rape and the right to vote?

I’m guessing the answer is no. It’s a bit of an odd combination isn’t it.

Can’t you see that the term ‘Feminazi’ is an Oxymoron?

Or are you yourself just a moron? I’m guessing the answer is yes.”

 

Best wishes,

Serena Cherry / Proud Feminist

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