Are you a feminist? Do you believe women are human beings and that they deserve to be treated as such? That women deserve all the same rights and liberties bestowed upon men? If so, then you are a feminist...or so the feminists keep insisting. But somewhere along the way, the movement for female liberation sacrificed meaning for acceptance, and left us with a banal, polite, ineffectual pose that barely challenges the status quo. In this bracing, fiercely intelligent manifesto, Jessa Crispin demands more.
"Disappointed I wasted a credit"
When Jessa Crispin was 30, she burned her settled Chicago life to the ground and took off for Berlin with a pair of suitcases and no plan beyond leaving. Half a decade later, she's still on the road, in search not so much of a home as of understanding, a way of being in the world that demands neither constant struggle nor complete surrender.
It used to be that celebrities ran from the word “feminist.” It could be box office poison, like a milder version of what could happen if a leading man came out as gay. Suddenly audiences who had no trouble imagining the star as a green-skinned superhero who can travel through the core of the earth were like: “But now he’s making out with a chick? Is this chemistry even believable?”
"What to Ask Instead of ‘Are You a Feminist?’" is from the February 26, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Jessa Crispin and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
It wasn’t America’s rampant misogyny that doomed Hillary Clinton.