“Feminazi” is not okay


Natalie Larimer, Online Sub-Editor

During 8th hour on Dec. 1, I read “Misunderstood,” a letter to the editor about feminism by senior Luke Johnson that was posted on the Black and White online site. Johnson so politely described feminists as being a part of a “Twitter cult of unknowledgeable feminazis.” Now, I have many issues with his letter, but I am just going to focus on one.

The word “feminazi.”

But before I get to ranting about this, let’s define feminist. A feminist is someone who supports the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

Now, let’s define Nazi. A Nazi is a member of the political and economic doctrine led by Adolf Hitler that resulted in a totalitarian form of government where Germans assumed to be racially superior and participated in the genocide of six million Jews in the Holocaust.

So you combined the words? What? How do these words correspond in any way? I do not understand how my demand for equal pay somehow leads to me being an anti-semitic murderer.

In the words of senior Lenin Cardwell, “I love the term feminazi. I love when I’m fighting for my own rights and get compared to those who committed genocide. Same thing basically.”

Saying that feminists are being hateful towards men and then calling them “feminazis” is literally just calling yourself out for being a privileged and condescending suburban white kid who is only upset about the feminist movement because your little pedestal is being torn down.

Call me a “feminazi” all you want, but if you know me at all then you know I do not fit into a group that “isolates themselves in their rooms from all the men/problems in the world, spice up their particularly mundane lives and join this Twitter cult of unknowledgeable feminazis that come up with some new way for their own kind to be offended every time a man tries to fulfill the gender role that he was raised to assume.” If you call me unknowledgeable, you are wrong on all accounts. I pride myself in researching topics before I become vocal about my opinion.

I understand that the point of “Misunderstood” was to point out that a small percentage of the feminist movement makes the rest of feminists look bad, and I’m not saying they don’t, but using the term “feminazi” is disrespectful and absurd.

Own up to your privilege and work to overcome it. Change is hard, but it’s something we all need to work toward. You aren’t misunderstood, you’re misunderstanding.

Sorry if my rights get in the way of your privilege. Also, to be perfectly blunt, the “roles [you were] raised to assume” are sexist. Hate to break it to you, but passing off being ignorant and rude as living up to how you were raised makes you even more ignorant and rude. What you were raised to be is no excuse for how you choose to be. Continuing with the Nazi comparison theme, Hitler was raised to be an artist. How’d that work out for him?