That’s what Lily Allen had to say yesterday, on International Women’s Day.
“Feminism. I hate that word because it shouldn’t even be a thing anymore,” she said. “We’re all equal, everyone is equal. Why is there even a conversation about feminism? What’s the man version of feminism? There isn’t even a word for it. Menanism. Male-ism. It doesn’t exist.”
(I think the word you’re looking for there is ‘patriarchy’)
Leaving aside the irony of a rich woman telling the rest of us that there’s no need for feminism anymore because she’s doing alright thanks, here are a couple of other news stories from the weekend.
A Conservative parliamentary assistant and election agent who feels comfortable posting this sort of thing on his public facebook profile, after describing someone he encountered on a bus as a ‘fat ginger bitch’:
“I am absolutely sick and tired of this feminism nonsense. It really has gone too far.
“Quite a few of these women need a good slap round the face.”
And most disturbingly, a group of feminists was attacked by fascists in Malmo, Sweden as they returned home from attending a Reclaim The Night march for International Women’s Day. They were stabbed and one man seriously injured.
These two stories are at either end of a scale showing why feminism is and should ‘still be a thing’. When women can be threatened with violence for simply refusing an offered seat on a bus, and they and their supporters can be violently attacked for daring to walk the street in the dark as a political statement, that’s just the beginning of why we still need to have a fucking conversation about feminism.