Let's Support Each Other Unconditionally! The Lame Myths of Feminism
[One of the frustrating things about feminism is its unspoken but often confusing set of rules. Should a feminist always pick up the check? Can a feminist be for abortion and against raising the debt ceiling? And what about botox? J. Maureen Henderson at On the Ground Floor rails against three myths that need to die.--Mona]
Last year, I wrote a piece on feminist mythbusting for young men. At the time, I assumed women could take care of themselves when it comes to understanding and applying the big F in their working lives.
Not so fast. Since writing that piece, there have been numerous incidents (most recently, the reaction to fellow Forbes blogger Susannah Breslin’s take on women at tech conferences and this doozy of a “satiric” categorization of the various types of feminism, not to mention the ongoing debate on what constitutes a “fair” non-sexist critique of Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin) that have led me to realize that women aren’t immune to misinformation and misconceptions around feminism or to accepting erroneous or outdated stereotypes about what it means to be a feminist.