Time Magazine: from Hero to Zero
On Nov 12, 2014 Time Magazine started a poll in which you could vote for which word should be banned in 2015. Generally these are over-used, trendy words, and their list for 2015 contained words such as bossy, basic, kale, obvi, and even feminist.
A brief blurb by Time after each word gave a little background and reasons why the word in question should be banned. For the word feminist they wrote:
feminist: You have nothing against feminism itself, but when did it become a thing that every celebrity had to state their position on whether this word applies to them, like some politician declaring a party? Let’s stick to the issues and quit throwing this label around like ticker tape at a Susan B. Anthony parade.
I found it didn't go far enough, and saying you don't have anything against it, is simply pandering. It IS an ideology, and it IS sexist. How could a word be over-used if it is something you believe in? I could go on for several pages, but feel free to check out the rest of this blog for the many issues I have with feminism.
So for about a day Time, was a hero. But a day later they folded like a cheap hooker who got hit in the stomach by a fat guy with sores on his face. They took feminist out of the polling, but not before feminist had a runaway lead:
As always, screeching feminist and other social justice warriors, voiced their displeasure. Time apologized with "TIME apologizes for the execution of this poll; the word ‘feminist’ should not have been included in a list of words to ban. While we meant to invite debate about some ways the word was used this year, that nuance was lost, and we regret that its inclusion has become a distraction from the important debate over equality and justice." Funny how they don't mention the debate over equality and justice is one-sided; try expressing your views as a run-of-the-mill white male. Hey Time, sounds like a ground-breaking article idea.
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