Huff Post Blog Post Relates Fourth-Wave Feminism to ‘Mean Girls’

In this post written by Jennifer Simpkins, editor for the Tab London, relates the movie “Mean Girls” to fourth-wave feminism.

At first, I was quite put off by the title of this article, but I took the time to read it and I still came up with the same conclusion: This was a waste of time.

In essence, the entire article is the point-of-view of someone who has been burned once or twice for putting up a video of “Blurred Lines” and equates that to women viciously attacking and turning on one another.

The start of the article explains how Simpkins does identify as a feminism.

“As someone who identifies as a woman, it should be fairly obvious that I am absolutely pro-feminism, because I believe that the values of feminism are far more suitable for everybody than the current and heavily biased state of society – not to mention the fact that a more feminist-minded society might improve my own individual life in terms of my future career and maybe not being continually harassed on the street.”

Later in the article she says that she has not studied anything about feminism, which obviously wouldn’t take away from her feminist-identity, but also says that women who have studied feminism treat her like garbage for not knowing “our Steinem from our Atwood.” 

She then explains how she has never been been “belittled and attacked by a man for believing in the cause of feminism, but women are just about lining up to take a whack at the shoddy piñata of [her] personal tastes and opinions.”

I find this article quite juvenile and demeaning towards feminists today. I do think that in this article, whether she means it or not, she takes a similar approach to people who want to call out feminists as being hateful people. That being said, to say that all feminists are polite, calm and kind people is ridiculous, because they’re humans and not all humans are police, calm and kind. That’s a no-brainer.

Another thing that she may be alluding to in her post is that people call out fouls much more today than they did a long time ago, which is fantastic because voices are being heard and problems are being addressed on social media as well as in real life.

But needless to say, being attacked online is bullying. Plain and simple. There is no place for that and it is not justified. But for lumping an entire group of people because you’ve had a few problems online is quite ridiculous; which is why I called the article demeaning.

What are your thoughts on this article and this topic?

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2 thoughts on “Huff Post Blog Post Relates Fourth-Wave Feminism to ‘Mean Girls’

  1. martyrmouth says:

    Very interesting that someone would claim an identity they know nothing about. As I’ve always said, if you really want to make a difference, brush up on the history of your cause so you know where to start. I agree, bullying isn’t the answer, but this Simpkins sounds like she’s become susceptible to enlightened sexism.

  2. Thanks for the input!

    Simpkins wrote such an awkward article. On one hand she was attempting to say that feminism is important, but at the same time, she’s taking away from it. She’s hiding from directly agreeing with feminism by going along with what most of ignorant society says: Feminists are just angry women hell-bent on attacking anyone who disagrees with them.

    I definitely agree with you; brushing up on the history is always a good start. I think everyone owes it to themselves to figure out what feminism is, has done and is doing.

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