This stunning poll at Tina Brown’s new digs, The Daily Beast.
“The poll’s key findings include:
- By an overwhelming 61% to 19% margin, women believe there is a gender bias in the media.
- 4 in 10 men freely admit sexist attitudes towards a female president. 39% of men say that a male is “naturally more suited” to carrying out the duties of the office
- Only 20% of women are willing to use the word “feminist” about themselves. Only 17% of all voters said they would welcome their daughters using that label.
- 48% of women thought Hillary Clinton received fair media treatment and only 29% believed Sarah Palin was treated fairly. In contrast, nearly 8 in 10 voters thought the press gave fair treatment to Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
The fact that 80% of women are unwilling to call ourselves feminists at the same time that nearly 70% of us say we are treated in a sexist way at work is a HEAD SCRATCHER!
It reminds me of a couple things. One, I’m in an ongoing email conversation with some women who are discussing whether the women’s movement should simply scratch the term “feminism” altogether and just use “humanism” or some other, less “compromised” term. My belief is that it’s misogyny itself that has compromised the term “feminism,” and even if we started calling ourselves “pretty pink pony fans,” we’d soon find ourselves being depicted like this
. It’s not the word, it’s the reasons behind why we need the word in the first place.
Second, I’ve found over the past few months that other groups and some prominent individuals are unwilling to call themselves or associate their action with Pumas. Sometimes this rejection has been outright, more often it’s been subtle. We are “too political” or “too new” or “too out there.” Some on our side (Hillary backers, feminists, Democratic leaders, and delegates) have even bought in to the lie that we are secretly backed by zillionaire Republicans or that we are racists. Again, in the Puma context, the argument — sometimes unspoken, often explicit — is that we should drop the term “Puma” and come up with some other, more neutral descriptor.
Well, I say hogwash. What do yous all think?
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