Megyn makes Donald Trump nervous. She's admirable, until she avoids any suggestion that she might be a Feminist. Her responses, sounding more slithery than Peyton or Lebron's highly funded and over-hyped "announcements," babble on about how she doesn't like to marginalize or define herself in a way that feels "alienating."
As Caitlin Moran wrote in her book How to be a Woman- it's quite simple really:
1. Do you have vagina?
2. Do you care what happens to it?
Congratulations! You're a Feminist.
Men can also be Feminists, and they should be, ideologically, but if you are a (sic) woman who has fought to be in a position of power, like Ms. Kelly, it is beyond dismissive to just tell young girls to "Work twice as hard, to be twice as good. So good-- they can't ignore you."
Because, somehow, they still do.
If you're white, pretty, thin and blonde-- well, that certainly improves your chances of getting noticed, but what if you're not quite as privileged-- a brunette, black, fat, or old woman!? Or, just sort of adequately good-- a high average chick? Other than being a white man, excellence is what America gives the most value to. The best can do no wrong.
Look no further than the Super Bowl.
Cam Newton, a hugely talented player, failed to win. Which makes him laughable and an object of criticism. Coldplay gave an amazing concert, graciously including other stars in their performance. The press, however, reports that they were overshadowed and humiliated by Beyoncé.
Which brings me to Hillary Clinton, who I believe is by far the most qualified candidate to be the next President of the United States. Yet, some women won't get behind her because she seems "unlikeable" "untrustworthy" and other Right Wing adjectives they've been throwing at that loud, opinionated, woman for most of her adult, political life.
I'm talking to you, ladies of voting age, and the girls who soon will be. Ignoring, dismissing, and minimizing the power of Feminism is not an option.
Ironically, the point of Feminism is that you get to choose. You can be whatever you want to be: a soccer player, homemaker, Instagram Celebrity, or President. You can even become a man. You can vote, for whomever you choose (remember when that wasn't an option for us?)
Your body and the children you do (or don't) want to carry into the world, your sexuality, pleasure and path-- no one should limit your choice based on the possession of a vagina but, to be clear, that choice only exists thanks to Feminism.
Define yourself in as many words, characters or emoji as you choose but make Feminist one of them.
Beyoncé would approve.