In an country where the first wave of Feminism’s goals have been achieved long ago and men and women are equal under the law, feminists don’t have much left to protest – and they haven’t for decades now.
Instead, feminists have taken to focusing on “subtle sexism,” – sexism so subtle that nobody notices it. It requires an ability to read into anything at a level higher than your high school English teacher could’ve ever imaged.
Liz Finnegan put together an end of year list of the craziest feminist causes of the year. I’ve narrowed down the list to a top 5:
“Air Conditioning is Sexist”
This summer, a staggering number of publicationsdeclared, unironically, that air conditioning is sexist because women can’t wear cute dresses to work. Men, many of these articles posit, should change their work-appropriate attire in order to accommodate a woman’s desire to wear sundresses and sandals. “Short suits” were what some recommended men wear to work, in order to justify upping the temperature. They conveniently ignored the fact that they were fighting imagined sexism by recommending that the entire other gender expose more skin in the workplace. One has to wonder how acceptable such a request would be if a man was making it of a woman.
The Demand for Orgasm Equality
Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti set off a wave of columns after she penned an op-eddemanding that women receive “orgasm equality” based on information that indicates that women have less orgasms than men. What Valenti failed to acknowledge was a very real, and common, medical condition known as anorgasmia. Anorgasmia is the condition where someone is unable to orgasm despite having adequate stimulation, and impacts an estimated 10-15% of women. It’s also been proven that some women have orgasms and don’t know it, while others are incapable of climaxing through certain specific sexual experiences, including intercourse. Valenti is, knowingly or not, arguing that women should demand – DEMAND – sexual situations where they dictate duration and type of sexual experience. That doesn’t sound rapey at all.
“The Word ‘Too’ is Sexist”
Huffington Post’s Cameron Schaeffer found herself receiving a significant amount of attention when she, post epiphany, brazenly declared the word “too” to be a sexist word. Too. “My epiphany about this word surprised me. I view myself as a well-versed feminist, but I never realized how deeply a three-letter adverb could cut,” she wrote. “Of course I’m not deeply offended by something as innocent as my friend thinking my hair is too short or too long. What makes me furious is the constant strain on females to find their unreachable perfect self.” I’m not sure much additional commentary is needed where this one is concerned.< With causes as crazy as these, you’re probably wondering if you can get feminists to rally behind any cause, no matter how crazy, as long as its in the name of feminism. Yes. One user on the message board 4Chan had an idea: lets see if we can get feminists to pee their pants in the name of equality. The hook? To show solidarity with sexual assault victims who feel “soiled.” And such, the hashtag #pissforequality was launched. You have to see it to believe it.
What will be deemed sexist in 2016? I can’t wait to find out!
[Note: This article was written by The Analytical Economist]