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31 March 2016, 12:03
No need for introductions here. I'll just get down to brass tacks. You need to stop speaking about feminism.
You've made comments in the past which prove that your understanding of the movement is quite limited and it's probably best for us all if you take an indefinite break from the subject.
You've called feminists "man haters" and made seriously questionable statements about the movement, and, now, you're ready to declare feminism dead because of a selfie?
RIP feminism. pic.twitter.com/dqxKla2i5Q— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 30, 2016
It's pretty outlandish to think that posting a picture of Emmeline Pankhurst beside Kim Kardashian is a logical indictment of an an entire ideology. Following your logic, I could probably tweet this and be right on the money:
People in glass houses, Piers.
The truth is that feminism and posting nude selfies aren't mutually exclusive.
Emmeline Pankhurst and her fellow suffragettes were fighting in a time when women didn't have the vote or the right to own their own property. Second wave feminism sought to free women from the invisible chains of gender norms and sexual repression. Fourth wave feminism (our wave) advocates for the dismantlement of the patriarchy and internalized misogyny. One way women express that is by being proud of their bodies and rejecting criticisms that men like you have imposed on us for decades.
We can't do what Emmeline Pankhurst did because she's already done it.
It's supposed to be the advocacy of women's rights & equality with men.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 31, 2016
Not, I dare to suggest, topless selfies. https://t.co/XtaogLmJ8t
Nowhere is it written that women can't get their shirts off and advocate for women's rights. Our right as women is to speak up when we feel wronged, achieve parity with our male counterparts, and post bombass selfies if we feel like it.
And besides, Piers, "aren't we over being scandalized by that kind of thing?" At least, that was your position last year when asked about topless Page 3 girls.
Feminism isn't dead.
So long as there is a massive gender wage gap or young girls being prevented from attending school, or men who wish to shame women for loving their own bodies, there will always be other women fighting for their causes. Feminism is far from dead, Piers, and no amount of Emmeline Pankhurst pictures on Twitter will make it so.
Kim Kardashian may not be the Gloria Steinem of our generation. She may never lead rallies or pen academic papers on feminism but her contributions aren't small. She's a wife, a mother, a businesswoman, an entrepreneur, and (more recently) an advocate for important tenants of the feminist movement. She may not be what the suffragettes envisioned when they set out to get the vote, but her selfie(s), like it or not, represent a modern expression of this version of feminism. So, just deal with it, dude.