“I Need Feminism Because” It’s a Nice Excuse to Complain

You may have seen the hand-made placards that Internet-savvy teenage girls like to take pictures of themselves holding that begin with the line, “I need feminism because . . . .” They’re all the feminist rage right now.

The whiny signs often make very little sense, but what fashionable feminism lacks in logic, it makes up for in entertainment value.

Let’s look at a few.

This feminist’s sign reads, after the opening “I need feminism because… I’m attractive and intelligent. I should never have to downplay either!”

That’s fair, but what’s this have to do with feminism? Unless she’s referring to her compatriot diehard feminists whose hobbies include attacking the physical beauty of women who disagree ideologically. Aren’t feminists the ones who typically downplay their own looks and go out of their way to make the point that they refuse to adhere to the social norms of what constitutes beauty? It seems to me this feminist complainant is unaware of what her own side espouses.

Many feminists can’t find anything to complain about, so instead of declaring victory and moving on, they seek to create sexism where there is none. Sexism does exist, but not in the following feminist’s complaint:

Her “I need feminism because” sign reads, “[W]hen I wasn’t wearing a jacket (because I was not cold at all), the principal came up to me and asked me about it (even though all the boys in class were going around without jackets, and nobody countered them about it). When I went home crying about it, my mother agreed with the principal and mocked me.”

So entrenched in sexism is our society that someone had the patriarchal temerity to ask, in essence, “Aren’t you cold?” That’s anti-woman talk if I ever heard it! It also means my mom is anti-woman and thinks I’m a female, because it’s not uncommon for her to ask me the same thing.

There’s a reason this girl’s own mother mocked her: it’s because she’s a joke, a soft-touch who cried (!) when someone essentially asked about her comfort with the room temperature. Her form of feminism is self-parody.

Finally, here’s a sign that reads, “[M]y choice of attire is not invitation for you to stare.” The word “feminism,” it is fun to note, is written in frilly pink letters, so clearly this young girl is advancing the “patriarchy’s” social construct that pink frills are for women.

As to the substance of her message, I most heartily disagree with it. When males wear shirts that say “Nike” in big, bold letters, it’s because they want people to notice it. When females wear makeup, they say they do it for themselves because they want to feel pretty, but that’s a load of crap; those feelings of beauty only come at the thought of someone looking at them. What one wears in public is a presentation to the public. Men don’t wear skinny jeans because they’re comfortable; they wear them because they want to be seen as fashionable, and/or they want to accentuate their package—in either case, they’re tools. And women don’t wear shirts that put their cleavage on display because they don’t want people to view the display. Look at it like this: if your choice of public attire is nudity, yes, it’s an invitation to stare, and it’s an invitation to which I will RSVP post haste.