Yesterday Feminism was a hotly debated topic on Twitter. It started from a tweet by the newly hired New York Times, T Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Deborah Needleman:
— deborah needleman (@debbieneedles) October 8, 2012
This enraged the Twittersphere perhaps because Needleman’s implied that feminists couldn’t be sexy, or because Katie Rophie has been known to say anti-feminist things. Either way, it caused a meme to be started #sorryfeminists on Twitter and Tumblr, aptly titled, “Sorry, feminists.” According to Topsy, #sorryfeminists generated over 4246 mentions yesterday, mostly poking fun, but also quite angry at the notion that feminists can’t be sexy, or feminine.
I carry my cat like a baby cause I don’t have a baby. #sorryfeminists
— Stacey Burns (@WentRogue) October 8, 2012
Feminism isn’t what it used to be: clearly defined. The actual definition, as taken from the Google dictionary, Feminism is defined as, “The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” Yet somehow yesterday’s Twitter storm highlighted that Feminism today has a much more complex meaning.
I agree with Feminist principles. I have never felt that blogging about personal style or other “girlie” things undermined my Feminism. As an entrepreneur, I notice there are distinct differences how people perceive male and female leaders. As a wife, I see Feminism meaning that when my husband and I are both sick with a cold, he should equally go out and get the chicken noodle soup and cold medicine.
Feminism means different things to different people, and different things to different aspects of the same person. In light of yesterday’s #sorryfemiminists what does Feminism mean to you?
Let us know in the comments, we’ll take a selection of the comments and post later this week.