These Confused Cats Are the Best Rebuttal to 'Women Against Feminism' Yet

A new phenomenon in the Tumblr Wars has brought the claws out, literally and figuratively. 

In this latest example, satirical Tumblr "Confused Cats Against Feminism" is combining some of the Internet's favorite things — cats and whimsy — in a hilariously effective takedown of its inspiration, "Women Against Feminism." 


"Women Against Feminism," which only recently arrived, is an utterly baffling site committed to taking ignorant rhetoric to a whole new level of confusion. With oddly little concern for traditional spelling, grammar and basic language usage rules, women have been using the Tumblr to post placards describing why they apparently don't need feminism. Take this gem:


At the very least, this Tumblr proves that feminism is still needed, because feminists, not these illiterate "anti-feminists," need to shape our narrative.

Let's be clear: Feminism is the legal equality of all genders. Period. This definition is simple, understandable and reflective of what I'm calling feminism's "fourth wave," when the movement has rightfully and ethically incorporated trans women. This definition, too, highlights the importance of creating equality in the realm of law. Difference does not mean "less than" here; it simply means difference.


That these young women, mostly white, for the record, seem to believe that feminism is the un-equalizing of men under the law. Besides running contrary to the actual definition of feminism, this viewpoint is a repercussion of how feminists lost control of their narrative after the failure of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and early 1980s.

These young women were led astray, and they are sadly not alone. The idea that one can believe in equal rights but be conflicted about being called a feminist speaks to the lingering confusion about what the term actually means as well as the negative connotations feminism as a label has been unable to shake over the last 40 years.

Perhaps the kitties can be more effective in communicating to these women:



 



Image Credits via Confused Cats Against Feminism Tumblr and Women Against Feminism

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Marcie Bianco

Dr. Marcie Bianco is a Staff Writer at Mic, a Contributing Editor at Curve Magazine, and an adjunct associate professor at Hunter College. She has contributed to AfterEllen, Feministing, The Feminist Wire, The Huffington Post, Lambda Literary, XO Jane, and The Women’s Review of Books. She writes and lectures about ethics, from feminism to race relations. Her current writing projects include a manuscript about lesbian academic affairs and a collection of feminist essays.

MORE FROM

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman was catcalled on stage and it didn't go well

Hall of fame hockey player Marcel Dionne yelled "Look at those legs!" while onstage with Raisman at the 2017 NHL Awards.

How the Senate's draft health care plan could affect reproductive services

It is very close to the House's version of the bill, and would block federal funding for Planned Parenthood for a year.

Jury in Bill Cosby case voted 10-2 in favor of conviction, according to juror report

2 jurors prevented the unanimous vote prosecutors needed to convict Bill Cosby of criminal charges, according to an account given to ABC News.

Florida higher-ed official says "women's genetics" cause the wage gap, apologizes

Ed Morton, a Florida university system board member, suggested women's genetics could be preventing them from negotiating higher pay.

Australian Sen. Larissa Waters gives speech to Parliament while breastfeeding like it's NBD

When you have to address the resurgence of black lung within the coal mining industry, but your daughter is also hungry...

Girl Scouts to offer badges in cybersecurity, hacking

Because girls need cyber skills, too.

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman was catcalled on stage and it didn't go well

Hall of fame hockey player Marcel Dionne yelled "Look at those legs!" while onstage with Raisman at the 2017 NHL Awards.

How the Senate's draft health care plan could affect reproductive services

It is very close to the House's version of the bill, and would block federal funding for Planned Parenthood for a year.

Jury in Bill Cosby case voted 10-2 in favor of conviction, according to juror report

2 jurors prevented the unanimous vote prosecutors needed to convict Bill Cosby of criminal charges, according to an account given to ABC News.

Florida higher-ed official says "women's genetics" cause the wage gap, apologizes

Ed Morton, a Florida university system board member, suggested women's genetics could be preventing them from negotiating higher pay.

Australian Sen. Larissa Waters gives speech to Parliament while breastfeeding like it's NBD

When you have to address the resurgence of black lung within the coal mining industry, but your daughter is also hungry...

Girl Scouts to offer badges in cybersecurity, hacking

Because girls need cyber skills, too.