It’s that time of the year again – you know, when Time magazine asks the world which words should be banned? And while the list is certainly appealing on some fronts, what with the inclusion of “bae,” “I can’t even…” and “kale” (thanks for that, Gwyneth Paltrow) – what is most surprising is that word “feminist” made it on the list.
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Of course, this is bound to upset anyone who supports the movement – whether they truly believe in it or how cool they think being a feminist is. This is Time’s explanation for it:
“You have nothing against feminism itself, but when did it become a thing that every celebrity had to state their position on whether this word applies to them, like some politician declaring a party? Let’s stick to the issues and quit throwing this label around like ticker tape at a Susan B. Anthony parade.”
It is kind of true. Feminism has become too cool to be true, “literally” (which is another word on the list.) Everyone is suddenly a feminist, from Beyonce to Benedict. And while their intentions have certainly been nothing but pure, the aftertaste of the word is starting become just a tiny bit unpleasant.
Clearly, there’s still plenty to be misunderstood about the world of feminism:
Racist TIME poll wants to ban the word “feminist” http://t.co/pmQvcmRyqg— Sarah Rees Brennan (@sarahreesbrenna) November 14, 2014
And Time is likely to get a lot of heat from this:
Hey, TIME magazine: "Feminist" is Not Your Word to Ban! Sign the petition here: http://t.co/BVXDfYtjVE— Ms. Magazine (@msmagazine) November 13, 2014
But hey, words can have a million meanings, right? Feminism is not a bad thing, so why should the word be banned? Critics argue that its overuse is in fact a good thing – but maybe in this case, it’s simply a matter of the word being misused.