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Hilary Mantel in the Guardian "is appalled by those who have forgotten what her generation, and her mother’s generation, encountered. “very annoyingly, you get women nowadays who are educated and have got on in their professions, saying, ‘Oh, but I’m not a feminist.’” Anger suffuses her face, an intensity almost indecent. “The only reason they can say that is that they’re standing on the shoulders of their mothers, who fought these battles, I think for a woman to say ‘I’m not a feminist’ is [like] a lamb joining the slaughterer’s guild. It’s just empty-headed and stupid.”

Perhaps they’re trying to distance themselves from a particular caricature of feminism?

Yeah. Well, they need to inform themselves. Women now take a great deal for granted, but of course the fact is that only a part of the feminist agenda has ever been worked through."


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Sep. 30th, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
All very true. But it is surprisingly hard to get people to listen.
Sep. 30th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
It's weird that women don't want to support a movement for equality and more control of their lives. I wonder if it is fear of the unknown or, more likely, the media promoting negative images of feminists. Of course, when women think, women get dangerous. Best to not worry your pretty little head and just keep cleaning behind the fridge, love :(

Sep. 30th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
That sort of statement always baffles me, too. Makes me want to shake them vigorously and ask "What the hell do you think feminism means, anyway?" Doubly so when they say something like "I believe women should have the same rights and opportunities as men, but I'm not a feminist."

Generally, I think they've been told feminists hate men and believe women are superior. The right wing in America has been surprisingly good at spreading that caricature. See Pat Robertson's definition: "Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians."
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