‘Feminist’ on Time list of banned words: Stupid

by | Nov 21, 2014 | Opinion

Jasmine Kabatay
Art Director

When I think of feminism I think of equality for both sexes, not the word “bae.”

Recently, Time magazine published their annual “word banishment poll,” a list of words from the year that are either over-used, annoying, or cringe-worthy. Sometimes all three. Usually the words on the poll are funny to me, but this year I was taken aback when I heard feminist was on the list.

It’s worth noting that this is not presented as the view of Time, but rather its readership who voted for their selections.

Time threw this word in with the dumb, stupid, and other pop-culture-inspired words. A word, `feminist, that has a more important meaning than “yaaasssss.” Yes, this is on the list.

Feminism has grown into this huge sensation in the past couple of years, and I can’t help but love it. Yes, the last wave of feminism has been around for 50 years but there’s definitely a renewed stirring lately with prominent examples of sexual assault allegations and impatience for women to really gain the equality they’ve been promised for decades. I love seeing women calling out for equal rights, because they should.

So, just because more women and men are starting to say they’re feminists, does that mean you should throw it on a dumb poll? It doesn’t seem right to me.

Not to mention the half-assed apology written from Time editor Nancy Gibbs: “TIME apologizes for the execution of this poll; the word ‘feminist’ should not have been included in a list of words to ban.

“While we meant to invite debate about some ways the word was used this year, that nuance was lost, and we regret that its inclusion has become a distraction from the important debate over equality and justice.”

Which is basically just a big “sorry not sorry” to everybody.

What threw me off was when I heard that it was actually leading in the survey response. Are we so stupid we don’t even know the definition of feminist or its importance?

A feminist is a person who supports political, social, and economic equality to men, and is not in a comparable realm to a word like “turnt.”