Posted by: coolethan77 | October 22, 2012

What is a Feminist Today?

Since my presentation this week is on Feminism and  Ideologies of Masculinity, I wanted to pose this simple question to everyone because what feminism actually IS today seems to be hotly debated. Third-wave feminism and postfeminism seem to compete to define the state of feminism right now. They are often at odds with each other, yet they often find some congruence as well.

Notice the controversy that stemmed from Katherine Fenton’s comments in the wake of her question about equal pay for women in the last presidential debate. Here’s an interesting quote from a article, which highlights the ambiguity surrounding the term feminism today.

“Despite asking a question that raised the hackles of the anti-feminist brigade, Fenton was vehement when I asked her if she’s a feminist. “Absolutely not,” she said. “I’m a 24-year-old woman that lives in the United States and feels like I should be treated the same as anyone else. That makes me a normal human being.

So what do you think feminism is today?


  1. This is a great question. I also referenced the Katherine Fenton “incident” (for lack of a better word…) in my post because I think it raises some interesting questions about what it means to be a feminist, and I think it’s safe to say that it means a lot of different things to a lot of different people.

    In my book, feminism means subscribing to a philosophy of equal treatment for women, for men, for people of all ethnic and economic backgrounds. I think that any woman or man who supports equal treatment can be considered a feminist.

    So I suppose that I interpret Katherine Fenton’s interest in equal treatment as the very definition of feminism – that any “normal human being” with a commitment to equal treatment can (and should) proudly call themselves feminist since equal treatment for everyone necessitates equal treatment for women.

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