What's wrong with the word "Feminist"?

Have you guys seen this tumblr called Women Against Feminism? It's pictures of women holding up signs that explain why they aren't feminists. Like this:

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And this:

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In the words of my Midwestern family, geez oh petes. How did this come to be? It really bums me out! Because I'm a proud feminist. And I think most of these women actually are too - they just don't realize what the definition of feminist is. Somewhere in the last couple decades, "feminist" has become this negative word that means you're a man-hating, abortion-loving, chivalry-killing angry lesbian that thinks women should rule the world and all men should be put to death.

Jenny Lawson from The Bloggess wrote a terrific piece on the definition of and in defense of feminism, in answer to this Women Against Feminism tumblr. I urge you to read the whole thing. It's very funny and down to earth! But this definition is my favorite part:
Here’s the thing:  Do you think men and women should have equal rights politically, socially and economically?  Then you’re probably a feminist.  There are a million tiny aspects of this to break off into and I get it.  It’s complicated.  There’s not just one type of feminist, just as there’s not just one type of Christian or Muslim, or man or woman.  
So true. There are a million different types. Which is wonderful! It's what makes us human, how different we all are! And the word "feminist" shouldn't be an all-encompassing descriptive, just like the word "Christian" can't be. She goes on to make some hilarious comparisons to sharks and bees and how they aren't all bad, they are just painted that way.
Feminists are like bees.  They are adorable and fuzzy but people run away from them because they don’t understand that they just want to make things good.  We’d be fucked without bees.  Seriously.  And yes, some bees are assholes and maybe one killed your great-uncle and there are some that you give the side-eye to when they start acting crazy but eventually you realize that you have to take the good bees with the bad bees and maybe just be picky about what honey you choose to eat.  Eat the raw honey, by the way.  It’s way healthier.
David Futrelle, the guy behind We Hunted The Mammoth (The New Misogyny, Tracked and Mocked) also had his own humorous response to the Women Against Feminism tumblr...it's Confused Cats Against Feminism. And it's amazing. It's cats with signs explaining why they are against feminism...like this:

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And this:

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So. As sad I was to see that first tumblr...as sad as I am to see women standing up against feminism...I'm thrilled to read and see these responses, from both women and men. I am so happy to be a part of an online community that supports feminists...especially in such an entertaining way! There are hilarious and smart people out there, fighting the good fight for feminists and feminism.

No cats...but some great people.