October 19, 2015

ALL COMEDY IS CONSERVATIVE (profanity [or something] alert):

Why I won't date another 'male feminist' (Kate Iselin, 19 October 2015, The Guardian)

It's not that I don't think men can be feminists. There are several men in my life who have approached feminism with respect and considerate thought, who have used feminism to examine their own privilege and experiences within the world and have become better people for it.

But these men are in a disappointing minority compared to the rest of the male feminists I, and many other women, have encountered: men who use the term "feminist" as either bait or an alter-ego, assuming that their opt-in respect for women will entitle them to legions of adoring lovers - really the most anti-feminist act of all.

When it comes to dating and relating, I don't care who opens the door for whom, or who picks up the bill. I simply want to be in a relationship where my politics aren't sexualised, where I can look at my partner and see more than a "Hey girl!" meme come to life and know that they, in turn, see me as a three-dimensional being: a feminist, yes, but not one who will perform on command.

Posted by at October 19, 2015 11:55 AM

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