NEW YORK — A New Yorker is warning other women about the danger of self-identifying as a feminist.
Maria J. Pappalardo, who teaches at Columbia University, spoke to The Associated Press by phone from New York City.
She said she thinks most women are “feminists” in their own minds, and that’s because of social conditioning.
She also said it’s possible to be both.
“I think the term ‘feminism’ has been a catch-all term for a very specific group of women, and they don’t know how to separate themselves from that,” Pappallardo said.
“I think most women would agree that being a feminist is a good thing.”
The term feminist has been widely used as an insult and a badge of shame for many women.
It’s not just used to belittle women and their efforts to build a better world, Pappelardo said, “But for a lot of women it’s also about identity politics.
It’s about whether they are an activist or an apologist for patriarchy, or whether they support gender inequality.”
“Women who are feminists are often the ones who are called sexist, misogynist, or whatever,” Papallardo continued.
“So if you want to be a feminist, you have to take it very seriously.
And for a long time that was just an easy thing to do.”
Pappallardos essay on the topic of feminism came to light in an interview with The New Yorker.
The piece, which is called “Walking Alone,” was published on Tuesday.
Papalardo was invited to write a response for the piece.
Her essay starts with the statement:”Women are not oppressed.
They are not marginalized.
They do not face discrimination, harassment, or violence.
They don’t need to be silenced.
“It’s important to say that women are not all alone. “
Women can and do find ways to be allies. “
It’s important to say that women are not all alone.
Women can and do find ways to be allies.
We are not alone.
We can be a little more understanding, a little less judgmental, and a little bit more accepting of other people, and I think that’s a really valuable thing to take into account.”
She then quotes feminist activists and writers such as Gloria Steinem, Gloria Steunge, and Gloria Steinberg.
But Pappapalardos comments also delve into the complexities of women’s identities and what it means to be an ally.
She writes: “I have friends who are extremely outspoken and outspoken about the way that women can and should be feminists, but also incredibly sensitive to their own privilege, and who understand that the world is a dangerous place and that they can be hurt and marginalized by some of the behaviors that they themselves engage in.
The point of this essay is to offer some very practical, practical ways that you can be an advocate for women.
I’m not advocating that you stop talking about feminism, but I am saying that you should not be afraid to be your own advocate.
You can have a feminist worldview and then be sensitive to people who aren’t.”
It also asks women to consider how they feel about their bodies.
Paps comments go on to say:”It is important to remember that we’re all different.
You can be someone who has the same views as you do and you will still feel uncomfortable, but at the same time it is not okay to deny yourself.
I do think that sometimes it is important for women to be aware of their bodies, and to acknowledge that they might not be perfect and that we should be more sensitive to them.”
Another section in the essay says that if you are a woman, you should “care about women’s rights and the rights of women and people of color.”
Pappalys comments on that point have led to a backlash on social media.
Papalardi said she was “sickened” by the backlash and that she has been the target of “racist” and “sexist” comments online.
In the interview with the AP, Paps response was also discussed.
She writes:”If I was a man and I was attacked by a man, I would get angry.
But it would be because I did not have the strength to stand up for myself, because I was scared of him.
And that’s what I am doing.
I am telling women, if you see something that you think is a problem, you can take action.
I don’t think it’s a problem.
I think it is a way for women who don’t want to hear about the misogyny of men to take action.”