Some men seem to believe that feminism is a political idealology that exists removed from actual life and actual experiences — one whose sole purpose is to stir up trouble and create anger and divisiveness. It seems entirely lost on them that women becomes feminists in response to a lifetime of bias, fear, and disenfranchisement. They seem to think that it’s like a cult, where otherwise reasonable women are indoctrinated into believing horrible things about society instead of it being a response to the lived experience of growing up in a society that subtly and overtly discriminates against and abuses women in large numbers. It would be a fascinating sociological cognitive dissonance if it weren’t so damn irritating!

Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

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