The Dartmouth Observer
Friday, August 02, 2002
Feminazis and Rhetoric
First, I'll explain (though not defend) the term "feminazi." Rush Limbaugh uses the term indiscriminately for feminists, however, I've heard the word used a bit more reservedly for ultra-extreme feminists--I would say unreasonably extreme. I'm talking about women who seriously and honestly believe that all men conspire to keep women down, that the company of men should be completely shunned, and, in some unique cases, that all men should be castrated. Sometimes, women say these things tongue in cheek, but I've had the misfortune to meet women who seriously believe such things.
Certainly, using the term "Nazi" in any rhetorical context should not be taken lightly. However, if any man feels threatened by a woman who believes he should be castrated, I won't hold it against him. Claiming full rights as human beings is one thing, but advocating violence against men does not fall into that category. Feeling threatened is not backlash in this case is not backlash, but a legitimate response.
As for liberal cries of "Fascist!" or conservative cries of "Commie!" -- Everyside has their scholars and their zealots. When you take a side, mud will always fly at you from somewhere. Let's just ignore the mud flying all over the place, and settle down for some good clean debate.