The Shocking Rise Of 'Women Against Feminism' (And All On Emmeline Pankhurst‘s Birthday)

15 July 2014 by


It's been a bad few days for feminism. Radical magazine Feminist Times announced its last week of publishing and now, the Internet has seen ‘Women Against Feminism’ go viral. So what's with this new wave of anti-feminism? Zoe Beaty reports… 

‘“This is what an anti-feminist looks like’. That was the message on pictures circulating the web, standing up boldly against women’s rights. Two things were proved in the process: 1) white board slacktivism should die a death and 2) sadly, many women don’t know what feminism is. And all on Emmeline Pankhurst’s birthday.  
Of course, it's always great to see girls who are confident enough to publically stand up for what they believe in (credit, ironically, to feminism) but it's their idea of feminism - and women in society – that seems to be dangerously flawed.
The members of the ‘Women Against Feminism’ Facebook page, who have proudly posted pictures of themselves against signs like ‘I don’t need feminism because I can own up to the mistakes I’ve made in my life" and "I don’t have to blame them on the completely fictional ‘Particarchy”’- say they believe in equality, not feminism.
Many add that they don’t need feminism ‘because I am not a victim’. But what if you are a victim? The page details countless and varying attitudes towards feminism, but the most worrying thing is their assumption that feminists are exaggerating the threat against women.
One member posted a naked picture of herself next to a sign that reads ‘I don’t need feminism because getting drunk and having sex with a stranger is just irresponsibility NOT RAPE’. Let’s stop for a second and take in some of the very real statistics here. In this country alone, 69,000 women - and 9,000 men - were raped last year, and a staggering one in five women have been the victim of a sexual offence or attempted offence.
In reality, what’s clear from this week’s online outburst is that the meaning of the word is agonizingly misunderstood - and a huge step back in achieving equality that, feminist or not, everyone seems to be striving for.”

So what's your experience of feminism? Take a look at the Facebook page and let us know what you think @Grazia_Live.


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Stephen McArthur (Wed Jul 16 14:07:16 BST 2014): It's the ignorance of what feminism means, the simple straightforward nature of its purpose (equality), and a lack of knowledge oh history that is the scariest part of anti feminism among women and girls. I fully expect men to oppose it (so what's new?). What so many women and girls don't realize is how much feminism has helped them progress. As a Profeminist man, working with women survivors of domestic and sexual violence, feminism has been part and parcel of creating laws all over the country that work to protect women against men's violence and to hold men accountable for their behavior.
Victoria Goodfellow (Wed Jul 16 17:33:07 BST 2014): Most of them are too young and stupid to know what women like Emily Pankhurst went through to gain the right to vote. They just like posing with their cameras and are attention seeking.