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“Feminist Is Not A Dirty Word”

Posted by Clem Bastow on September 16, 2008

Can’t believe I forgot to note this great opinion piece from yesterday’s Age by Monica Dux, co-author of the new book, The Great Feminist Denial. The entire article is worth reading but in particular, this passage stood out to me:

In the act of calling ourselves feminists we are expressing solidarity (not necessarily agreement) with others who share our core values. We’re also showing respect to the many women who’ve championed those values for more than 100 years. Being mindful of their legacy helps us avoid repeating mistakes, but it is also our best defence against feminism’s detractors propagating even more false assumptions, cliches and distortions.

I’m so glad the Age ran this, particularly after the laughable four-page feature in the recent theage(melbourne)magazine, a bunch of photos of Melbourne women musing about things like the always reliable “I don’t think feminism is relevant to me”, that was designed to reflect on women being able to vote (if I recall correctly); it was cheap filler material when they could have run a major article – or several! – offering a variety of high (and low) profile women’s thoughts on the matter.

On the topic of Dux’s piece, it’s always great to find another handy pocket response to those tiresome types who say “but feminism’s dead” or “why would you call yourself a ‘feminist’ and not a ‘humanist’?”, and I think this excerpt does the trick nicely. Looking forward to reading the book.

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2 Responses to ““Feminist Is Not A Dirty Word””

  1. Bri said

    I bought the book today, I can’t wait to get into it.

  2. blue milk said

    I count three big splash feminist books coming out this year (actually I think Emily Maguire’s book was last year, but anyway) by Aust authors – it is pretty exciting, no?

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