Should we ban the word feminist next year, magazine actually asks

Dina Rickman@dinarickman
Wednesday 12 November 2014 19:30
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Today in strange questions asked by normally very sensible publications, Time magazine has included "feminist" in their suggestions of a word that should be banned in 2015.

"Feminist" is one of 15 choices put forward by the magazine. Readers vote and the winning word will never be used again by any publication (we imagine).

The piece's author has asked critics to look at the suggestion in context - but even with the definition, its inclusion seems strange. This is how they explain including it:

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.

But why is it bad for celebrities to say they support women's rights? As author Roxane Gay points out:

As well as the controversy over feminist, according to our estimates more than half of these words do not actually qualify to be included - because they are either made up (see turnt) or are more than one word (see sorry not sorry) or a mixture of both (see om nom nom nom).

We can't even...

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