On feminism

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The entrance of the National Association Against Woman Suffrage’s headquarters

One of my pet-peeves is people claiming that they agree with the premise of equal gender rights, but that they don’t identify as feminists. Aziz Ansari conveys my thoughts quite clearly:

“If you believe that men and women have equal rights, if someone asks if you’re feminist, you have to say yes because that is how words work. You can’t be like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m a doctor that primarily does diseases of the skin.’ ‘Oh, so you’re a dermatologist?’ ‘Oh no, that’s way too aggressive of a word! No no not at all not at all.’ ” — Aziz Ansari

Photo credit: Library of Congress

 

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