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Why Susan Sarandon and Many Others Are Dropping the Word 'Feminist'

Yasha Wallin

Susan Sarandon is all for gender equality, but she doesn’t call herself a feminist because she thinks the label is too stigmatized to be taken seriously anymore. Many powerful women say they are uncomfortable with the label even though they embrace feminist ideals. Last year, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said that while she “certainly believes in equal rights” and that “women are just as capable,” she thinks feminism has become a “more negative word.”

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  • Hannah Kim

    Wow this is really interesting. I completely agree with Susan Sarandon on this... I think that what's important is that everybody has equal rights-- and calling it "feminism" seems to limit it just to 'raising' women to the higher level that men occupy. I feel that so many people are discriminated against on a daily basis- not just for their gender but for the socioeconomic background, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, ethnicity..etc - pretty much anything. Everyone should be treated on equal footing as a human being and individual-- and if it's the case that people are discriminated against because of something like GENDER (instead of something that I choose... like my personality) then people are going to fight against it-- but it's not limited to one ideology or idea---> i.e feminism.

    On another note, I absolutely hate it when my male friends make fun of by calling me a "feminist"- for one, why is that derogatory? Sorry for supporting equal rights for people? Though they don't do it malevolently, it's an effective way of poking fun at my beliefs and writing off my thoughts as a crazy feminist rant. What Susan says about dropping to label of "feminist" makes a lot of sense because of the stigma and misuse surrounding the label.

    Anyway, the label is unimportant-- as long as the cause remains the same, which (I hope) is equality for all.