You just have to say the word. Just say it and claim it for yourself without any kind of tempering or any stipulations to soften the blow.
All you have to do is admit that you’re a feminist and you will be treated to some of the most degrading, insulting and abusive insults you can imagine. “Bitch” and “feminazi” are the low end of the spectrum. And it goes all the way up to threats of rape, physical harm and even death.
Not because you’ve done anything. You’ve hurt no one, you’ve espoused no hurtful views. You’ve simply said you were a feminist. That you support the idea of equality between the sexes.
There are people who will hunt down women on the internet who apply that label to themselves specifically to throw those insults at them, to “put them in their place,” to frighten them. To make them take back that one simple word. They’re not even necessarily attacking the goal of equality, but they don’t want you to say “feminist.”
It works. Over and over again you see or hear women say things like “I’m not a feminist, but…” and go on to express a staunchly feminist view point. Women fervently declining the title over and over. Don’t you call me that, don’t you say that word, they’ll hear me, they’ll hear you, they’ll make us pay for it. Women who may want the title, who will own it in their mind are told by those around them not to dare apply it to themselves. Don’t say that’s what you are. You know what they’ll think of you. You want to be liked? You want a career? You want good things? Then don’t say THAT WORD.
Diana of Themyscira, Wonder Woman, is not a woman to give into fear.
Wonder Woman would not reject the term “feminist.”
She would EMBRACE it.
Introduced to a culture that embraces the ideas of equality, but rejects a term that applies to those who fight for it, she would be confused. She would possible be horrified by this kind of thing in Patriarch’s World. And I do not believe for one moment she would allow it to stop her.
She would have studied logic, I’m sure. Feminists believe in equality between the sexes. I believe in equality between the sexes. Therefor, I am a feminist.
If you attempt to tell me that Wonder Woman would say she was not a feminist, that she would qualify a statement with “…not really a feminist, but…,” then I will tell you the simple truth. You do not understand Wonder Woman, what she stands for, who she is.
You dishonor her.
She is a feminist.
I am a feminist.
End of story.