But first, the term "Bad Feminist," while not invented by Roxane Gay, was popularized by the writer in her essay collection titled Bad Feminist.
Atwood has been accused of White Feminism before.
Characters of color in The Handmaid’s Tale are all but removed from the narrative, separated and relegated to a place called “National Homeland One.”
Atwood coopting the phrase from Gay with no attribution whatsoever is just another way in which she has diminished the experiences of women of color.
Margaret Atwood's essay is of a brand of thought put forth by several older women in the public sphere.
A couple months ago, Angela Lansbury came under fire for her victim-blaming comments about sexual assault. She basically said that it’s the fault of women if they get assaulted or raped because they try to make themselves look too attractive.
A few days ago, 100 French women, including actress Catherine Deneuve, signed an open letter denouncing the #MeToo movement.
In it, they defended men’s “freedom to pester” women as “indispensable to sexual freedom,” and they believe that the recent wave of allegations is the result of a “hatred of men and sexuality.”
Could they be more wrong?
It is beyond time for older women who grew up in a time when the definition of feminism changed and morphed to learn that there is a new definition of the word.
It is not about “man-hating” or destroying the male ego or valuing women above men. It is about finally demanding equality, dismantling the systems that work to keep women oppressed, and recognizing that women are just as worthy as men of the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness that the Declaration of Independence promises all men.
Atwood concludes her essay with this:
“This is a very important moment,” she wrote. “I hope it will not be squandered.”
Maybe if you don’t like wars among women, you should stop creating them, Margaret!!! Feminism is not the blind support of every woman even if they say a bunch of dumb stuff.
Feminism is why I wrote this critique.
I hope Ms. Atwood learns to listen.