Time Magazine recently released their fourth annual “word banishment poll” where the magazine asks which word people would like to toss out of their vocabulary. Along with “bae,” which twelve percent chose to ban, the word “feminist” is leading the poll with 51% of votes.
Feminism has been spoken freely and advocated by celebrities such as Beyonce Knowles Carter and Lena Dunham and I think it is comical that someone would choose this word to toss away. Dunham addressed a question from a fan once concerning the way one dresses if they are a feminist. The fan was worried that since she was a feminist, she would have to stop wearing revealing clothes. This, as Dunham points out, is not necessary at all. Wearing trendy, revealing clothes such as “booty shorts,” are examples of expressing yourself- a freedom women should explore.
Also in relation to fashion, Karl Lagerfeld, recently demonstrated a mock feminist protest at the end of his Spring/Summer Fashion show at the Grand Palais. Some of the signs models held said, “Women’s Rights Are More Than Alright” and “Ladies First.”
Banning the word “feminist” seems like a joke on Time Magazine. Many readers are outraged by the publication’s choices and it seems that instead of banning this word, readers will ban Time Magazine.