Time Magazine Wants to Ban ‘Feminist,’ for Some Reason

Beyonce performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
Beyonce performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. –Michael Buckner/Getty Images

If it was up to Time Magazine, we wouldn’t have to hear about those pesky women anymore. This year’s edition of the magazine’s yearly poll of words to ban includes “feminist.’’

You remember Time Magazine, right? That’s the magazine your grandparents read when they wanted to know who was, like, so important that one year. Think way back to your childhood, and you can picture it on your nana’s coffee table, under the TV Guide.

Apparently, someone must have told Time that the ticket to gaining an audience that wasn’t raised watching The Rifleman and Lawrence Welk is to insult them. And if you’re going to insult people, make sure you insult women.


So Time’s Katy Steinmetz put feminist up against Internet slang like “bae,’’ “obvi,’’ and “I can’t even.’’ And you’ll never guess which word is leading in the poll as of Wednesday afternoon:

How did feminist make this list? Steinmetz offers up her reason — well, not her reason, because she would never do that. Instead, she “channeled the type of person’’ who would want to make feminists — sorry, just the word! — go away:

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.

There’s a pretty clear word for the “type’’ of person who would say something like that about feminists. Or women. But maybe Time will add that word to next year’s book burning — er, “word banning.’’

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