Wednesday 18 July 2018

Feminism must be reclaimed from the idiotic sisterhood

Noisy hysterics firing at the wrong targets are making feminism a toxic word

Colourful: Dr Matt Taylor, Rosetta Project scientist, provoked a stir with the shirt he wore on TV. European Space Agency/PA Wire
Colourful: Dr Matt Taylor, Rosetta Project scientist, provoked a stir with the shirt he wore on TV. European Space Agency/PA Wire
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Like millions of others, I've had it up to here with whingers whose pettifogging grievances and herd mentality are making feminism a toxic word by encouraging women to embrace victimhood, take offence where none is meant and revile and belittle men. Fortunately, their more idiotic campaigns sometimes backfire.

We've had plenty of absurdities recently. There was the pillorying of David Cameron - who does as much child-minding as a prime minister can reasonably be expected to do - because he refused to be photographed making a prat of himself wearing a T-shirt saying, 'This is what a feminist looks like'. Fortunately for him, newspaper allegations that the T-shirts were made in Mauritian sweatshops caused the mob to retire in embarrassment.

Then there was the hysterical reaction to a video made for Hollaback, an organisation which campaigns against street harassment, purporting to show the suffering caused by predatory males to an attractive woman walking the streets of New York.

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