Feminism is a movement, not a buzzword

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TIME Magazine has apologized for literally wanting to ban the word “feminist.”

TIME has been polling the Internet for the worst word of the year since 2011, when “OMG” was voted off the island of pop culture (we can see how that worked out).

Feminist was placed in the same category as 2014 buzzwords “bae,” “basic,” “literally,” “kale,” and “obvi,” among other very annoying slang terms that have gained traction this year, and “feminist” was the one winning the poll to be banned, presumably due to Internet antics of 4chan.com and 9gag.com users, most of who are white teenage males.

Ironically, “bossy” was included in the list as a reference to the very feminist movement to ban the word, as it is mostly used to describe women who are being assertive.

Nancy Gibbs of TIME issued the following apology: “TIME apologizes for the execution of this poll; the word ‘feminist’ should not have been included in a list of words to ban. While we meant to invite debate about some ways the word was used this year, that nuance was lost, and we regret that its inclusion has become a distraction from the important debate over equality and justice.”

What exactly were TIME’s intentions of including “feminist” on its list?

Its description states, “You have nothing against feminism itself, but when did it become a thing that every celebrity had to state their position on whether this word applies to them, like some politician declaring a party? Let’s stick to the issues and quit throwing this label around like ticker tape at a Susan B. Anthony parade.”

The description encompasses the negative connotations of the word feminist, bringing back the “dirty word” context that women have worked very hard this year to eliminate.

Feminism is a movement, not a buzzword. Celebrities have been coming out as feminists all year, and this is great because it has been giving the movement traction and visibility, breaking the bra-burning-lesbians-who-don’t-shave stereotype (all of those things are okay).

Feminist is no longer a dirty word only to be used in one’s diary, it is a title that all who claim should wear proudly.

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