Recently, I wandered onto a Twitter conversation involving someone named Nicky. This is where it started:

Yet another radical feminist, I assumed. (We know what that entails, as they’re all pretty much the same when it comes to their ideology.) Ick.

But I quickly got the sense that there was something different about Nicky. Unlike a radfem, her mind wasn’t shut off to differing ideas and viewpoints. She was capable of reasoned and intellectual conversation, and she didn’t call everyone a misogynist every two seconds (as though it was some kind of Tourette’s tic).

As I would find out, Nicky (like many young women her age) only recently discovered feminism. This would be wonderful, except that the “feminism” young women are being exposed to nowadays is not classical feminism (what I like to refer to as “the good kind”), but rather, radical feminism.1 Radical feminism is also commonly referred to as “modern feminism,” or “third wave feminism.” What you’re seeing in Nicky here is the beginning of what radical feminist indoctrination looks like.

Fortunately, there still exists a window of opportunity at this juncture to save such newbies from this grotesque, twisted mutation of feminist philosophy, and I wasn’t about to let Nicky’s mind and heart be lost to the intellectual and moral void that is radical feminism without a fight.

I was referring to the image on the left, which was a faux protest (fauxtest?) staged by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel’s Paris runway show in September 2014.2See, e.g., Jessica C. Andrews, Karl Lagerfeld Stages a Feminist Rally at Chanel, Vanity Fair (Sep. 30, 2014), http://www.vanityfair.com/ style/2014/09/chanel-paris-fashion-week-feminism. (I have no idea what the image on the right is about, although it does appear to hit all the usual radfem notes.)

I interrupted her:

Sorry about that, Nicky, but I wanted to make a point.

Now, as you were saying…

I hope you do, Nicky. I hope you do.

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. Radical feminism is also commonly referred to as “modern feminism,” or “third wave feminism.”
2. See, e.g., Jessica C. Andrews, Karl Lagerfeld Stages a Feminist Rally at Chanel, Vanity Fair (Sep. 30, 2014), http://www.vanityfair.com/ style/2014/09/chanel-paris-fashion-week-feminism.
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