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A big misunderstanding: The ‘Women Against Feminism’ movement

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- (Women Against Feminism // Facebook)

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 "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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Pat Riarchy said:
Since WAF have got it all wrong, would some one provide links to feminist sites which extol the virtues of men and how good and kind and generous we are and that we even put our own lives at risk for others. I can't find one.

August 19, 2014 3:50 pm

Forshorn said:
Badly-written, condescending article. Alliance, not allegiance. The "connotation" sentence is ungrammatical. You couldn't afford a proofreader who's a native English speaker.

Then the "dictionary" response.

Legalizing paternity fraud is not equality. Regarding disagreement as "hate speech" shows a deep insecurity with one's ideas. Promoting the idea that masculinity is associated with Fascism, as numerous scholarly feminist studies do, has nothing to do with egalitarianism. Putting men in jail when they cannot pay child support obligations that exceed their income, and making this debt an irrevocable lien against the father is consistent with anti-paternal hysteria. This law, the Bradley Amendment, has led to soldiers returning home from war only to be put in jail for unpaid child support. The "believe the victim" philosophy in rape cases is insane, and obliterates the rights of the falsely accused. The establishment says that no one lies about having been raped. If that's true, then how come the Innocence Project has used DNA evidence to exonerate numerous accused but innocent rapists. How come accusers often recant.

Women against feminism is smart enough to understand that feminism is NOT in anyone's best interest. Like other leftist creeds, feminism will never question itself, never admit mistakes, never tolerate dissent.

And we know that other forms of cultural and economic Marxism have not always worked out perfectly. Clear enough?

August 10, 2014 11:26 pm

Linda Salazar said:
This page would not exist without feminism.

July 30, 2014 11:24 am

slim shady said:
Uh, journalism. WAF doesn't have a hive mind. Lots of different people. Now, if you think WAF DOES have a hive mind and you can judge all of it based on part of it, then booyah, feminism is bogus. Not that hard to find idiotic, hateful or false things from some feminists.

"but clearly, we're not doing a great job of passing information on...."
---you misspelled 'misinformation'. Eh. Common mistake with feminists.

"Women still need to help women."
---sure, 2 or more women still 'need' to 'help' 2 or more women. Yeah.

"This "movement" depicts why it's still important that we educate..."
---you misspelled 'indoctrinate'.

"These women truly believe that "feminism" is a negative connotation that somehow equates to being a "victim" or encourages "the demonization of men." "
---weird. It's almost like they've watched feminist videos and read feminist articles. It's almost like they're familiar with feminism b/c it's been in the 'social consciousness' for almost a century.

"*According to "In the most basic sense, feminism is ..."
---oh, well, what possible bias could '' when it comes to feminism? Should probably just accept this next bit without question.

July 29, 2014 5:41 pm

guiat2015 said:
Definition of Marxism: the political, economic, and social theories of Karl Marx including the belief that the struggle between social classes is a major force in history and that there should eventually be a society in which there are no classes

And that end up in a peaceful movement of "equality" right? Definitions don't mean #~@#~@ when your action speak lauder that your lies.
This young women are too stupid, too uneducated, too naive? I think their smart enough to know when they are getting lied to their faces and that makes feminist nervous and it should.

July 27, 2014 4:09 am

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