This week, the New York Post ran an op-ed written by Doree Lewak in which she expressed delight in being catcalled by strange men, while at the same time pointing a not-so-subtle finger at all those “unfun” feminists who keep telling her that street harassment was a form of abuse.
“I realize most women with healthy self-confidence don’t court unwanted male attention. In fact, most women seem to hate it,” she noted. “Oh, don’t go rolling those sanctimonious eyes at me, young women of Vassar.”
The message is fairly simple: Feminism in this case is the sanctimonious, uptight older sister, always out to spoil everyone’s fun.
In 1990, Pat Robertson famously said, “The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.” Despite countless well-reasoned arguments to the contrary, it’s clear that some 25 years later, feminism still has an image problem.
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