Nine Fabulous Feminists in America

Recently in ReturnofKings.com or OMGMYDICKISSOFUCKINGHUGE.com as they probably would like to be known as, posted an article called ‘The 9 Ugliest Feminists in American’. In this VERY important piece of journalism, the author Roosh (who like, totally doesn’t have a small cock, like, definitely not) spends the entire piece lolling at women who have the NERVE to go around pointing out patriarchal gender inequalities while not looking like super models. Like okay, you’re willing to talk about fat shaming, but you’re not willing to put some lippy on? GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT! Or even worse than that, some of these women are, wait for it… NOT A SIZE 2!

Don’t these women know that all their value rests in their ability to look nice?

Now by now you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I’m taking the piss a little, but unfortunately the article I’m referring to is not a joke. It’s real, it’s out there, and no matter how much I parody it, it’s never going to come across as less disgusting than it actually is. That being the insecure rantings of a man who, by the sounds of it, was at one point in his life, passed over for a promotion or something for an exceedingly more talented woman. Or maybe he just REALLY hates women. Like REALLY hates women.

And while I’m fine for this guy to sit at home in his mother’s basement, sadly jerking off over old pictures of Pamela Anderson, I’m not okay for people to undermine this list of women’s achievements. So here’s my list of 9 FABULOUS women, who actually are very attractive, but more importantly than that, are intelligent, socially active, feminists who do amazing things on the internet for women like myself and others like me.

Roose, you might want to look the other way on this one.

1. Lindy West

Not only does she question our society’s need to fat shame on the internet, she’s also pretty hilarious when it comes to any and all gender stereotypes. Her writing on Jezebel ranges from the problems concerning transphobia, to writing about how learning a new language can help you preventing dementia.

2. Jessica Valenti

The Guardian refers to her as: ‘A pioneering blogger whose online activism dragged feminism into the 21st century’. Reading this, it sounds like Jessica does more spend her time buying professional photoshoots in order to ‘trick’ us into thinking she’s attractive. In fact, far from that she is ranked as one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by The Guardian, is the author of three books, one of which has been made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation. She’s also the editor of the anthology Yes Means Yes, which was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 100 Books of 2009.

Is that all? Nope. She is the founder of Feministing.com, a published writer in big named magazines and newspapers, such as The Washington Post and has won these awards: Choice USA Generation award and the 2011 Hillman Journalism Prize.

Oh and she also has a Masters degree in Women’s and Gender Studies.

3. Amanda Marcotte

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Time Magazine described her in 2007 as “an outspoken voice of the left,” and said “there is a welcome wonkishness to Marcotte, who, unlike some star bloggers, is not afraid to parse policy with her readers”—while also describing her blogging as “provocative and profanity-laced.”

She is the author of two books: It’s a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments and Get Opinionated.

4. Carolyn Hax

Hax offers female friendly, honest advice in her column in the Washington Post. While Roose would have us believe it’s all man-hating-harpy-cries of JUST CUT THE DICK OFF! What she actually offers is a balanced, tough-love, style that is fair to both men and women. Need proof? Here is an excellent advice column called ‘Tough Decision’ where she coaches a woman on how to deal with a husband who doesn’t want children. SPOILER: she doesn’t advice poking holes in condoms, but does actually respect the husband’s wishes. It’s almost as if feminists, like, actually like men – I know, SHOCKER!

5. Hanna Rosin

Daughter of a taxi driver, and moved from Israel as a child to be raised in Queens, Rosin attended Stanford University. She then co-founded the DoubleX, which is a women’s magazine connected to Slate, while writing for various other publications. She also wrote the book “The End of Men: And the Rise of Women” – and when you consider the fact that, according to her wiki, she’s had a film character based on her, I definitely think she has the right to talk about women going places.

6. Kay Hymowitz

Roose refers to her as ‘another senior citizen’ (spoiler alert: aging isn’t such restricted to feminists) but in her lifetime she has accomplished writing FOUR books:

  • Ready or not: why treating children as small adults endangers their future–and ours (1999)
  • Liberation’s children: parents and kids in a postmodern age (2003)
  • Marriage and caste in America: separate and unequal families in a post-marital age (2006)
  • Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys(2011)

She also has a MA in English Literature, is a contributing editor of the City Journal and has had her writing appear in the Wall Street Journal.

7. Sandra Fluke

You may remember hearing Fluke’s name during the elections, or from being nominated as Times Person of the Year. She was that pesky attorney who requested birth control be made readily available to all women on their health insurance. She also had to take a verbal beating from Rush Limbaugh, who implied she was slut for asking tax payers to fork out for her condom stash. In reality, Fluke pointed out that birth control could cost a woman in excess of $3000, and that 40% of Georgetown Law School’s female population suffered financial hardship as a result of birth control not being covered by the student health insurance plan, and that the lack of contraception coverage in the university insurance plans would induce many low-income students to go without contraceptives.

Perhaps Roose included Fluke on his list because he’s bitter about never having the opportunity of using contraception.

8. Kate Harding

Kate runs a blog dedicating to dismantling our fat shaming culture called Shapely Prose. She also writes for Jezebel, telling Men’s Right Activists to go, rightly, fuck themselves.

9. Jen McCreight

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She’s a popular atheist blogger, scientist, and proud feminism. Not only that, but as Roose points out, she’s also a girl after my own heart, who previously called Roose out on his bullshit before when he wrote a piece on why hyper-educated girls are less feminine – and by that, we can only assume that he’s disappointed that a woman with a PhD is less likely to go make a man a sandwich, I know, how will society survive?

McCreight graduated from Purdue University with a double major in Genetics and Evolution and a minor in Psychology. She with be going to the University of Washington to get her PhD in Genome Sciences – so no sandwich for you Roose.

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