What is the worst kind of feminist

7 stereotypes about feminists

Burned bras?

That is not completly correct. In the 20th century, many feminists took off their bra. Just like her great-grandmothers, the suffragettes, did the corset in the 19th century. But none of them burned him. At least not in public. Not even the early American feminists, whose casual clothing style was the origin of the cliché. During their alleged “Burning Bra” on September 7, 1968, the activists of Women’s Lib only threw high-heeled shoes and hair curlers into a “trash can for peace”. The animated reporters invented the bra for this purpose. Sex sells. And they made - based on the "burnings of the conscripts" of the Vietnam deserters - simply a pyre out of the garbage can. A promising association ...

Why the purple dungarees?

The color purple is highly symbolic: It is the union of the “male” blue with the “female” pink to form an independent violet. The Greek poet Sappho already mentioned the color purple several times. And in the Middle Ages, violet and violet were considered a sign for women and men that they were unmarried - and wanted to stay. In the historical women's movement, purple reappeared at the turn of the century and became the color of femme fatale and women's love in the 1920s. Half a century passed between the “purple nights” on the Kudamm and the purple dungarees in Kreuzberg. The New Women's Movement was also happy to be purple again.

Why the woman's sign?

The American feminist Robin Morgan claims the birthright as a symbol of the women's movement: pictured on the cover of the collective volume she published in 1970 "Sisterhood is powerful". But the sign of women, also known as the “mirror of Venus”, comes from a lot further away. It is similar to the Egyptian Ankh, the symbol for the forces of Venus: sexuality, love and life. Venus' Greek sister is Aphrodite. This later became the biological symbol of femininity. - As an ironic response to the comrades' clenched fist, European feminists launched the symbol of the vulva: formed with hands raised high and thumbs and middle fingers spread apart.

All frigid!

At one of their first demonstrations, the Parisian “Mouvement de liberation des femmes” carried a sign that read: “We are all frigid. We are all hysterical. We are all neurotic. We are all lesbian. "The women parodied clichés that were attached to uncomfortable women long before the women's movement. Feminists were the first to break the taboo of silence about female displeasure by denouncing its reasons: How should an alienated one , used, abused body can still feel pleasure? It was feminists who demanded an end to discomfort - and finally a real, personal pleasure of women.

All men haters!

Is that correct? Do feminists call men haters because they are hated by men? That would be a truly logical explanation. But of course it's very different. Allegedly, the feminists themselves are men haters and penis-envious tail-off-tailors (like "tail-off-blacks"). Because they do not belong to the kind of woman who ritually declares in a raised voice: I love men. On the contrary. Feminists call it by its name, say that there are reasons to hate men, certain men. They find that anyone who wants to abolish hatred of men must first abolish their reasons. - But the main motivation of feminists has never been the rejection of men, but has always been the discovery of women - and thus their own. Feminists do not fight against men, they fight for women.

All lesbian!

Is that correct? “Our opponents already insulted us as lesbians when we didn't even know we were.” This profound saying by an unknown feminist sums it up, because: 1. “The lesbian” is nothing else than the final one Increase in the "man hater". 2. The feminist theory is in fact based on a natural bi- or multisexuality. 3. Quite a few feminists, who had not even dreamed of it before, have fallen in love with their best friend in the course of their (self) awareness - and have stuck with it or not. Nevertheless, most feminists were and are in love relationships with men, that is to say, completely “normal” women. However, the theoretical debate with its concrete consequences has often torn the women's movement apart: lesbianism versus forced heterosexuality. Are women allowed to love the enemy in a gender war? A minority of feminists came to the conclusion: They mustn't! A majority fought - and fought - in hand-to-hand combat on battlefields such as bedrooms, kitchens and cars.

All witches!

The cliché of the witch is not that hilarious, if we consider that between the 15th and 18th centuries, thousands of women were cruelly tortured to death as witches: quartered, drowned, burned. In this city, in hilligen Kölln, “Der Hexenhammer” by the Dominican Heinrich Institoris was published in 1487. From here the Bible of the Dark Men began its triumphal march through all of Europe with torture instructions. The most famous Cologne victim of the madness was Katharina Henoth, the daughter of the postmaster. The successful and self-confident businesswoman had sued her competitor Taxis (later “Thurn und Taxis”) for sole postal rights. You didn't get that. She burned at the stake in the Melaten cemetery in 1627. The witch hunt was almost always about the destruction of female independence: erotic as well as socially or economically. The preferred victims of this female Holocaust were unmanned women, midwives or heretics, and even queens. Exactly 346 years ago, twelve-year-old Enn Lennartz was executed in Cologne as the last “witch”. - Feminists made Walpurgis Night, in which, according to legend, the witches dance with the devil on the Blocksberg, to the night of women - and to protest against male violence.