“I’m a feminist”: The sexiest words a woman can say
Feminism is sooo hot right now. Women’s issues are front page news for the first time in many years, largely thanks to the Prime Minister’s impassioned denunciation of misogyny in the parliament, but also thanks to a new generation of awesome female writers and journos.
But I’m not talking about feminism. I’m talking about feminists. I reckon that “I’m a feminist,” is one of the coolest and sexiest things a woman can say. Before I get into it, let me say that I know that I’m on a hiding to nothing here.
Women don’t, and shouldn’t, give two hoots whether blokes like me think feminism is hot. That wouldn’t be very feminist, would it? Hopefully this doesn’t come off like a pat on the head.
If I had a dollar for every time a woman I just met told me “I don’t really believe in feminism,” then I’d be rich. Or at least have enough money for a round of beers in Sydney. But what a turn off.
So you don’t really believe in feminism? You don’t believe in equal pay for equal work? Or lowering the still shockingly high rate of domestic violence? Or being in control of your reproductive rights? If you’re not a feminist, then maybe you’re just not terribly bright.
Perhaps that’s a bit harsh. Feminism has has had an image problem for a long time. It’d be silly to deny that. One of the reasons that many young women deny belonging to a movement whose central ideals they actually believe in is a fear that young men will label them as hairy bra-burning lesbians.
And the sad fact is that many do. If you think the parliament is full of misogynists, then maybe you should take a look in your local pub or nightclub on a Friday night. But maybe with feminism in the news again, things are changing in Australia and around the world.
Feminists are hot because they embody many of the traits that us men find attractive in women anyway: intelligence, personality, independence and assertiveness. Wait a second, those are the traits that PEOPLE find attractive in other PEOPLE.
So I hope that there are young women out there who find it just as hot when a bloke says that he’s a feminist. Because I am (and I actually do have hairy underarms).
Apologies to hairy bra burning lesbians and anyone who found this condescending. It wasn’t meant to be. But I’m a (young) white male. It’s all a bit above my pay grade.
Though my pay grade is still higher than an equally qualified woman my age.
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