Equality? Voting Rights? Government Representation? You wouldn't be hurting your pretty little girl head with politics if spent your energy doing what women are supposed to; making a man happy and staying in the kitchen.
I bring you back to a time before women were pandered to politically, when the "war on women" was waged about voting rights. Some of these images are from England, some from the United States of America.
This collection of images is broken down into archetypes which are described in four separate posts. Together they represent the story of the woman anti-suffrage propaganda wanted to tell; the unbearable political woman and her secret agenda to feminize the nation and make men house slaves. I also explore the modern versions of these archetypes as they live in today's media.
Meet The Unlovable Feminist.
|The Feminist; typically too ugly for love! One kiss would cure her foolish passion for lady voting!|
|A man is tossed out of this "Home for Lost, Stolen or Strayed Suffragettes."|
Oh, Unlovable Feminist, you've lost your umbrella and gotten a haircut, but your basic characteristics remain the same...
The Unlovable Feminist today is often cannon fodder for humor aimed mainly at men, but unfortunately, the stereotypes have stuck even if most of the depictions are supposed to be funny. The fact that most images of feminists in the media are comedic is a two pronged problem; it treats the Woman's Movement literally as a joke and disarms complaints against it's content. Feminists themselves are seen has having no sense of humor at all.
Generation after generation, the Unlovable Feminist rears it's ugly head- literally. A feminist will always be portrayed as ugly (ugly compared to the beauty standard, that is!) and in the least, our modern interpretation of "unfeminine"; makeupless, plain faces, wild and unmanageable hair (if it's not tied back in your camo bandana, or cut extremely short, or completely gone,) body unshaven (which many people will also tie to cleanliness or "daintiness"), usually dressed in men's clothing, to match her manish aura. The Unlovable Feminist's plight is that her ugliness has left her unable to attract a man, and that sexual frustration and anger that leads to feminism because, what with having no kitchen to clean, she has nothing better to do and is resentful towards all males. The cure for the Unlovable Feminist is obvious ... a man.
|Glee's "Coach Beistie", the manish, tough football coach ... what was responsible for her rough demeanor? The fact that she had never been kissed. Thankfully a handsome guy was around to save the day!|
All the feminists in PCU needed was a little booze from boys! "It's, like, if you're nice to them, they bring you things?" she says later in an epiphany.
The most harmful effect of the Unlovable Feminist archetype isn't the image, however, it's the generalizations associated with feminism, best summed up in the image where the suffragette holds a sign proclaiming "Down with the Men, Up with the Women." Many people, both men and women, grow up with the assumption that at the same time that feminism attempts to uplift women, it degrades men; that the only way for women to feel better about their place in society is to take over "men's roles" instead of living in equality.
The key issue in any civil movement is just that- equality- not a declaration of one group of people being better than another. Actual feminists are frequently dismissed as being "man-hating", "whiny", "militant" or "bitchy." Men are encouraged to stay out of feminist issues simply because they are not women, hardly realizing that on the flip side of every stereotype about women is a stereotype about men. For every wild radical feminist there is a scared victimized male, for every sex kitten bombshell there is a shallow, arrogant bachelor, for every nagging housewife there is a dimwitted husband.
And speaking of incompetent males, in our next post we will look in at the Martyred Man Wife and see how he's surviving in our feminist society.