Feminism has been enjoying a resurgence lately. Ever since the contentious 2016 election (and even before that), more women than ever are comfortable identifying themselves as feminist. Even pop stars have gotten in on the game, and for good reason. Feminism is literally defined as "the advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes."
But not everyone is on the feminism bandwagon. Critics of the social movement say that empowerment of women comes at the cost of men. Now, a recent Newsweek magazine cover is adding fuel to the flame.
The magazine's cover for its Nov. 17 issue shows a woman's hand popping a phallic-shaped balloon. With the blurb "#MeToo is taking down powerful men in all fields. Is Donald Trump next?"
New cover story: How Donald Trump rules America's Garden of Dicks and sparked the #MeToo movement… https://t.co/qOMFgwIWnM— Newsweek (@Newsweek)1510238636.0
The cover has drawn criticism from many factions, with people lamenting the fact that it equates female empowerment with emasculation.
@Newsweek This is a terrible cover. Depicting women who say they were sexually assaulted as just wanting to hurt dude's dicks is insensitive— Josselyn Berry (@Josselyn Berry)1510239678.0
It's worth noting, however, that these fears are not new. When the women's suffrage movement began in 1848 (after several stalled attempts beforehand) men accused women of wanting to take over even though all women wanted was equal rights.
Classic anti-feminist ads. @LeahRBoss https://t.co/qBijxfTsHR— rightwingeraustin1492 (@rightwingeraustin1492)1485254686.0
Covers like "Newsweek's" do not help the situation and feed into the narrative that women's empowerment comes at the expense of men. Which is why people are protesting it.
@JessicaValenti @JessicaWakeman Thank you. This is a MAJOR ugh. Why does every attempt at female empowerment and sa… https://t.co/OPN9cKgYvg— Lily Burana 🗽 (@Lily Burana 🗽)1510239689.0
This is the most disgusting @Newsweek cover--or any news mag cover--I've ever seen. It dismisses the seriousness and trauma of sexual assault & destroyed lives. I'm canceling my subscription today. H/t @cashUT pic.twitter.com/YBAPzpChOg— Tara Haelle (@tarahaelle) November 10, 2017
.@Newsweek’s cover is in poor taste. This isn’t about a woman popping a man’s penis it’s about several women being harmed, hunted & silenced— Anne-Marie Pleau (@AnneMariePleau) November 10, 2017
Yeah that Newsweek cover is really bad.— Wayne K. Spear (@waynekspear) November 10, 2017
Terrible cover in so many ways. The painted nails, the popping of the inflated penis and the comic book styling. Bravo. You just turned exposure of sexual assault into satire. Recall this cover.— LisaFromEarth (@LisaFromEarth) November 9, 2017
As more and accounts of sexual assault pour into the public consciousness, it's worth reminding people of a simple concept.
@Newsweek So men's dicks are being deflated because they're being called out on sexually harassing and assaulting w… https://t.co/lbLCeTrloi— Jarvis (@Jarvis)1510239814.0