“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 sistahood.
You rock ladies!
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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