FEMINISM IS FOR EVERYBODY (Passionate Politics)

Everywhere I go I proudly tell folks who want to know who I am and what I do that I am a writer, a feminist theorist, a cultural critic. I tell them I write about movies and popular culture, analyzing the message in the medium. Most people find this exciting and want to  know more. Everyone goes to movies, watches television, glances  through magazines, and everyone has thoughts about the messages they receive, about the images they look at. It is easy for the diverse public I encounter to understand what I do as a cultural critic, to understand my passion for writing Oots of folks want to write, and do). But feminist theory – that’s the place where the questions stop. Instead I tend to hear all about the evil of feminism and the bad feminists: how “they” hate men; how “they” want to go against natureand  god; how “they” are all lesbians; how “they” are taking all the jobs and making the world hard for white men, who do not stand a chance.