Is ‘Equalism’ The New ‘Feminism?’
It’s really frustrating to me that in the year 2011, there are still so many smart, accomplished, modern women who wouldn’t dare label themselves a feminist. It makes no sense. To me, a feminist is someone who believes in equal rights between men and women – plain and simple. Can you really be a modern woman without identifying as feminist?
Apparently so. Beyoncé and Lady Gaga are just two of countless female celebrities who have dissed the F word in a very public way. Gaga has proudly proclaimed, “I am not a feminist. I love men.” (Gee, thanks for comin’ out.) And in this month’s Harper’s Bazaar UK, the Queen B herself replies when asked if she’s a feminist, “I don’t really feel that it’s necessary to define it. It’s just something that’s kind of natural for me, and I feel like…you know…it’s, like, what I live for. I need to find a catchy new word for ‘feminism’, right? Like ‘bootylicious’…”
The clever folks over at Jezebel have asked readers to come up with a new word for feminism and they’ve just posted a partial list of suggestions (as you can see, many of them are highly amusing):
Flesh-Hungry Young Slutism
Reallyism (as in “really? In 2011 that’s acceptable behavior or thought to have about women? really?”)
Equality for everyone regardless of their genitals
Equaligasm (an adherent of equaligasm would be an equaligasmitist)
FYATPHPHYRIO? (Pronounced Fee-Aht-Fee-Ree-Oh): Fuck You And The Privileged Heterosexist Patriarchal Horse You Rode In On
GEM (Gender Equality Movement)
Decency (feminists are “decentists.”)
The winner? “Equalism.” I must admit, I like it, I like it a lot. But I still think that feminism works even better. It’s an oldie but a goodie. I’ll certainly be using the term when explaining equality between the sexes to my own two boys.