Over the course of a 24 hour period, a popular parenting website in the U.K., Netmums, recently conducted a survey with 1300 of their users to “find out what feminism means to both girls and women living in the UK in 2012.” The report of their findings has inspired another wave of “feminism is dead” declarations. Nothing new there of course, it resonates with the same old hackneyed stereotypes of what it means to be a feminist. Nonetheless, it reminds us of the continually needed conversation about how to make feminist activism and goals accessible and communicable to more people lest Netmums founder Siobhan Freegard’s statement go uncontested: “The study starkly shows modern women feel traditional Feminism is no longer working for them, as it’s aggressive, divisive and doesn’t take into account their personal circumstances.”
Here is a wide variety of articles written in response to Netmums’ reporting:
- The Guardian brought together a group of female thinkers for their insights and comments.
- Feminism isn’t dead – it’s just changing
- What does feminism mean to you?
- And take note – the first two comments on Netmums’ website are awesome.
Update: More news from the U.K. – Bishop Rowan launches a campaign to secure the ordination of women as Anglican Bishops and states, “We must be honest and admit that without secular feminism we might never have seen the urgency of this or the inconsistency of our previous position.”
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