The Great and Terrible F-Word: Exploring society’s disdain for, and desperate need of feminism

Incredibly insightful and powerful article from a journalism student at my alma mater. Ima proud McNick Journalism Alum, today. Wishing the author luck next fall at my other alma mater, The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. And a huge congratulations to Lauren on her Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2015. Out of 300,000 works of art and pieces of writing submitted, only 1% were recognized nationally.

“Why do we still need feminism? Because you’re still asking that question.” #YesAllWomen

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On Nov. 12, journalist Katy Steinmetz, a writer for Time magazine, asked the world a simple question in the form of a poll: “What word should be banned in 2015?”

Options included: “bae,” “basic,” “bossy,” “kale,” and “feminist.”

Wait. Is it just me, or is one of these choices not like the others?

With 45% of the vote, largely thanks to a boost in voting from the notoriously irreverent web bulletin ‘4chan’, it appears that “feminist” is on the fast track to becoming the most-hated word in the English language.

Over the past year, feminism has been cast back into the global spotlight, and for a number of conflicting reasons.  According to mainstream media, its so-called revival is thanks to an outpouring of support from celebrities around the world.  At the 2014 Video Music Awards, Beyoncé took to the stage with her song “Flawless,” standing center stage as the word…

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