Monday 29 May 2017

High time we called a halt to navel-gazing feminism

‘Girls’ creator and actress Dunham with cast members Williams and Mamet after ‘Girls’ won award for Best Televison Series, Comedy
‘Girls’ creator and actress Dunham with cast members Williams and Mamet after ‘Girls’ won award for Best Televison Series, Comedy

Liz Kearney

Question: If you are not a feminist in 2015, what does that make you? A sexist pig? A misogynist? Or just someone so tired of seeing the F-word attached to everything from serious sexual violence to light-hearted wolf-whistling that you'd gladly torch your copy of 'The Female Eunuch', rip up 'The Second Sex' and stamp vigorously on 'How To Be A Woman'?

The word itself has become so toxic and so meaningless that it's time to put it to bed - as British news magazine 'The Spectator' has pointed out this week. In a cover story entitled 'The end of feminism', writer Emily Hill argues that the equality battle has already been won and that the current feminist movement - loud, militant and increasingly nit-picking - is defunct.

I hope Hill is right and that feminism's fourth wave is genuinely in its death throes.

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