I’m One of Those Feminist Bitches On Twitter

//THIS IS A RANT AND NOT NECESSARILY EDUCATIONAL//

When I’m not doing anything and can spare a few minutes to vent, Twitter is my outlet. Ever so often I find myself engaging with folks on the timeline about the topic of feminism, particularly black feminism, womanism and feminism in relation to race. With a large Twitter following, I guess my tweets sometimes end up in far places of the Twitterverse and I get a notification with someone insulting me on the sole basis of me being a “feminist bitch”. The term I more ascribe to is “womanist” which was coined by Alice Walker as a response to mainstream feminism that erased the voices of black women. But let’s talk about this “feminist bitch” thing.

“All you feminists…”
“Here go the feminists again”
“I swear all you feminists ever do is…”

And so on and so forth.

Why do people think that calling me something I already call myself is an insult? I’m perplexed.

In always keeping things honest with y’all, I recall a time I refrained from referring to myself as a feminist because of the connotations that the word holds and the idea that feminism = man-hating. Of course now I not only know better but I now don’t care what folks have to say about me, so I embrace the term whole-heartedly. I don’t think I really had a choice… Equality/equity and ensuring people are happy and true to themselves is something I’m passionate about and speak on just about every day.

I understand this may not be for everyone (i.e. openly labeling oneself a feminist even when aligning with the basic feminist values) but what IRKS me the most is folks who denounce feminism on a whole or generalize it to mean something that it isn’t at all.

It’s 2017. I already explained womanism in relation to feminism because I know it’s not as common of a word as feminist. In fact as I’m typing right now, every “womanist” is underlined in red, meaning the term is not yet fully recognized as a proper English word. Whatever. My point is, please go do research before you attempt to bash someone based on their beliefs. Else you end up sounding uneducated and ignorant and I have to feel sorry for you for all of the 2 seconds I spend reading your insulting tweet.

 

 

 

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