Let's Invent A Catchy New Word For Feminism


In a new interview with the UK edition of Harper’s Bazaar, Beyoncé is asked if she is a feminist.

She replies:

“I don’t really feel that it’s necessary to define it. It’s just something that’s kind of natural for me, and I feel like… you know… it’s, like, what I live for.
I need to find a catchy new word for feminism, right? Like Bootylicious.”

Oh, dear. Why do some women have so many issues with the words “feminist” and “feminism”? Do they think “feminism” means “lesbianism”? Or “man-hating”? (Yes, apparently: Lady Gaga once said, “I’m not a feminist. I love men.”)

Newsflash: If you believe that women should be treated the same as men, paid the same as men and enjoy the same rights as men, congratulations! You’re a feminist.

According to Merriam-Webster:

fem·i·nism noun ˈfe-mə-ˌni-zəm
the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes

Equality! So simple! And yet. Apparently we need something “catchy.” The Spice Girls jiggled and giggled about “Girl Power,” but clearly we need a new, modern word women can use.

  • femquality
  • chickpoweredness
  • lumpquality (as in lady lumps)

Can you come up with something better? Email [email protected] with “Feminism” in the subject line, or post your suggestions below. We’ll pick a winner, and the genius behind the entry will win a box of chocolate. Chocolate is fuel for women, everyone knows that. How can a lady be empowered without it?

Beyonce Gets Deep And Stuff For Harper’s Bazaar: “I Need To Find A Catchy New Word For Feminism, Right? Like Bootylicious.” [Bossip]
‘Women Singing Irreplaceable In Burkas Was Amazing… But Their Men Were Upset’: Beyonce’s Memories Of Her Egyptian Concert [Daily Mail]
Bazaar’s September 2011 cover star: Beyoncé [Harper’s Bazaar UK]

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