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  •  It's a reframing/reclaiming of feminism (1+ / 0-)
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    In the public eye, feminism was the equivalent of "lesbian man haters."

    So, two (other) things have helped us:

    1. Lesbians are now people we believe should have the right to marry and have kids
    2. The right pushed their meme too hard and the pendulum swung back and clocked them in the head

    When I was in college, some guy asked me," so, are YOU a feminist?"

    "Yeah," I said. "So, do you think women should have the right to vote?"

    "Uh, yeah," he said.

    "Well then, you're a feminist too."

    Feminism is a spectrum of beliefs and sociological/anthropological/political analysis. If you believe women should have the right to vote and own property in their own name, then that's the first step on the spectrum. Equal pay; career choice, reproductive choice, freedom to choose to be sexually active, etc, those are steps further along the spectrum.

    The left's failure has been, as in so many cases, letting the right define the terms used in the conversation. I hope that current generations of college-aged women are more comfortable accepting the "feminst" label than they were in the late 80s.

    •  Ha! I tried to tell some feminists they had (0+ / 0-)

      a 'branding problem', but NOOooooOOOOooo.  Talk about pearl clutching.  "My philosophy is not a brand!!!!eleven".  Yeah, right, try selling THAT idea then.

      They didn't like facts any more than the Republicans.

      •  There's always the insider/outsider issue (0+ / 0-)

        Two (additional) issues:

        Certain "feminist" ideas were normalized and, as such, were not seen as feminist (eg, the right to vote/owning property in one's own name (if female))

        For many, the idea of those issues are having been a battle are either unthinkable or ancient history. So, it wasn't necessary to identify as feminist.

        But, as we saw recently, there are some idiots out there who think part of our democracy's problem IS that women can vote.

        In terms of "branding," however, I'm guessing that the idea of "commercializing" feminism, or it being seen as a single "product" is unappealing.

        But... if you refuse to "brand" yourself, others will do it for you -- in this case, people who seek to devalue your beliefs and ideals.

        And if your brand is poison in the minds of the general public, you're going to have trouble cultivating people who should be natural allies, etc...

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