I would say I hate to get ranty, but that would be a lie. This particular rant however has been boiling for a while, and due to a deluge of infuriating comments in the press lately (paging Carla Bruni, among others) I can no longer hold back.
When I see women in positions of power that wouldn't have been available to them without feminism say publicly that they're "not feminist", I want to kick them in the ovaries.
Not very PC, not very understanding, I know. I try to be tolerant, I really do. But when I hear people say things like, "We don't need feminism anymore", or ""I'm not REALLY a feminist," I want to kick them so hard their stupid eyes pop OUT OF THEIR STUPID HEADS.
*takes a deep breath*
Alright, now I've got that out of my system, I'll try and be reasonable.
The original soundbite that started what is now a frothing volcano of rage was from the newly appointed Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer. When she was appointed to such a rich, influential company, obviously this was big news. Hoorah for feminism, some people said! We worked so hard, and now there is at least one woman in a position of economic power! Sure, there should be more, but hey, it's one, and that's awesome. Naturally, people asked Mayer about her opinion of the political movement that created an environment in which her appointment was actually possible. She said;
"I don't think that I would consider myself a feminist. I think that I
certainly believe in equal rights, I believe that women are just as
capable, if not more so in a lot of different dimensions, but I don't, I
think have, sort of, the militant drive and the sort of, the chip on
the shoulder that sometimes comes with that. And I think it's too bad,
but I do think that feminism has become in many ways a more negative
word. You know, there are amazing opportunities all over the world for
women, and I think that there is more good that comes out of positive
energy around that than comes out of negative energy."