Did I mention that there are awful stereotypes about feminists? Just in case you forgot, Maxim published this gem in 2003, and it has spread all over the internet.
Apparently, a feminist equals an “unshaven, militant protesting vegan” who needs to be turned into an actual girl.
I’m not sure how they define girl, or why a Maxim reader would want to have sex with a girl rather than a woman. Isn’t it illegal to have sex with a girl? Isn’t that statutory rape? And why does the third girl from the left look like a child? Semantics aside, there are other highly offensive feminist stereotypes portrayed here.
Feminism is a broad label applied to anyone who believes that men and women are equal as human beings and supports the movement toward equality. Within that movement, there are a wide variety of individuals. Some shave, some don’t, some are vegetarian, some are vegan, some eat bacon, some are angry, some hate men. But most feminists love men, as lovers, as friends, as allies. Most feminists are angry about injustice, rightfully so.
I’m absolutely horrified that I’m supposed to be turned into the girl on the right hand panel. I want to wear clothes, have opinions, and actually make a difference, not “speak into your microphone.” Classy, Maxim. Classy.
You would think that Maxim would like Feminism. After all, who said that women should pay for more of their own dates? Feminists. Who said that women should feel free to have sex without commitment? Feminists. Who invented birth control? Feminists. Who says that women should be confident and self-reliant? Feminists.
Feminism taught women that it’s okay to be sex positive, to love life, to pay for your own dates, to use birth control, and to not rely on a man. Isn’t that what Maxim wants for its readers? Why on earth would they want to cure that?
- The Myth of the Angry Feminist (confessionsofalatteliberal.wordpress.com)
- So, today when I was mansplained… (tenderhooligan.wordpress.com)
- Why is ‘feminism’ such a tough badge to wear? (guardian.co.uk)
- A Word From a Male Feminist (Yes, They Exist!) (worcfemsoc.wordpress.com)