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A big misunderstanding: The ‘Women Against Feminism’ movement


In journalism, fact checking and accuracy is of utmost importance. Clearly, Women Against Feminism doesn't agree.

Most of you (especially fans of Shailene Woodley in The Fault In Our Stars) have probably heard of this "anti-feminism" movement by now — if you haven't, you can read about it here and here.

I was only informed of its traction yesterday by three successful business women at Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster, a law firm in Newark (thank you Penny Paul, Jisha Dymond and Rebecca Moll Freed for bringing it to my attention!)

So … sigh … where do I begin?

I've written about how millennial women are now embodying the equality fought for by the generations before us — but clearly, we're not doing a great job of passing information on.

Women still need to help women. This "movement" depicts why it's still important that we educate and inform Generation Z on what "feminism" really means, in addition to re-educating Generation Y and sometimes X.

These are not just silly women on the internet — these women are college students, mothers, role models and business leaders. These women truly believe that "feminism" is a negative connotation that somehow equates to being a "victim" or encourages "the demonization of men." 

This is not a movement we can ignore altogether lest we take some major leaps back.

Here are a few examples from the Women Against Feminism website; I encourage all of you reading this to comment and add your voice to the discussion on why "feminism" is seriously misunderstood.


  • I am a victim of nothing but my own bad choices.
  • Someone disagreeing with me does not equal an attack.
  • I'm capable of thinking for myself.
  • It no longer stands for realequality.
  • Evolution gave us different skills — this is not male oppression.
  • I don't need a "helping hand" to succeed.
  • I value being a supportive wife and stay-at-home mom over slaving for a corporation while neglecting my family.
  • I can take responsibility for my actions.
  • I respect men and don't need to belittle them to empower myself.
  • I believe in equality--not entitlements and supremacy.
  • I am not a target for violence and there is no war against me.
  • I prefer egalitarianism.

*According to Feminist.com: "In the most basic sense, feminism is exactly what the dictionary says it is: the movement for social, political, and economic equality of men and women...feminism means that women have the right to enough information to make informed choices about their lives. And because "women" is an all encompassing term…organic intertwining with movements for racial and economic equality, as well as gay rights, is inherent to the feminist mandate. Some sort of allegiance between women and men is also an important component of equality. After all, equality is a balance between the male and female with the intention of liberating the individual.

*According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, egalitarian doctrines maintain that all humans are equal in fundamental worth or social status.

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Creating an online place for women seeking financial advice

Women in business from a male perspective

Girl Scouts: It's not just about the cookies

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