“I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I … am … a … man!” wailed Joseph Merrick in the film ‘The Elephant Man‘ when cornered by a heckling mob.
Times have changed and social progress means that the sick and disabled are no longer subject to torment such as this. No, nowadays such treatment is only meted out to high-profile women who have the temerity to say “I am not a feminist!”
I am aware of at least two examples in as many months, both senior politicians, namely Julie Bishop (Australia) and Louise Upston (NZ). Lots and lots of sneering comments in a multitude of articles, tweets, and Facebook comments. Only
strong bad girls break ranks with the feminist sisterhood.
You rock ladies!
(Postscript September 2022) The latest notable development in this topic has been the views noted by feminists in relation to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, which have ranged from bored to harshly critical and deeply unpleasant.
Pauline Hanson tells Senator to ‘*** off back to Pakistan’ over comments about the Queen (10 September 2022) Australia
Feminist, anti-feminist and non-feminist (2 May 2020) by Fidelbogen
The women demonised for championing men’s rights (28 November 2019)
Going after my children is too much for me, by Janet Bloomfield (16 January 2019) And unfortunately another female MRA is forced to remove herself from the fray
In Their Own Voices: Former feminists Explain Their Rejection of Feminism, by Barbara Kay (24 June 2018)
Karen Straughan explains why she is not a feminist (31 January 2017) Video
Why Do We Care If Kim Kardashian Is a Feminist? (16 August 2016)
13 female celebrities who have bizarre definitions of feminism (12 August 2016)
10 prominent women who don’t identify as ‘feminists’ (8 March 2016)
Q&A recap: Alan Jones ‘hopes’ he’s a feminist, but Michaelia Cash rejects label (8 March 2016) Australia
The Feminine vs. Feminism: Strong Women Rejecting Weak Ideas (1 October 2015)
Lena Dunham and Lorde on the “gotcha” feminist question (21 June 2015)
Lauren Southern tells: Why I am not a feminist (2 May 2015)
Angry Feminist Backlash Not Enough To Get Young Hollywood Star To Change Her Views (24 March 2015) The same actress is discussed here and here
I am not a feminist because … A response to Laci Green’s ‘I’m a feminist because …’ (19 January 2015)
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting forced to apologize for saying she’s not a feminist (4 January 2015) Reddit mensrights discussion thread and linked article
What’s made Julie Bishop so afraid of feminism? (12 November 2014)
Is the Pope a Catholic? (3 December 2014)
10 Celebrities Who Say They Aren’t Feminists (17 December 2013)
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