JESSICA BENNETT: WRITER, EDITOR, ADVOCATE
Some people are so gifted with words that you want to drop everything and read anything they’ve ever written. For me, no one fits that description more perfectly than Jessica Bennett. Besides being an outspoken advocate for equal rights, she’s been the executive editor at Tumblr, a senior editor at Newsweek, and has had pieces published everywhere from The Atlantic to The New York Times.
All her brilliance aside, she also happens to be really nice and incredibly funny.
Do you consider yourself a feminist?
Fuck yes! And proud.
How do you define “feminism”?
Feminism is the belief in equality for men and women. That’s not just how I define it, that is the definition. I can’t stand when people say they believe in the above (ahem, Marisa Mayer) but that they’re not a feminist. YES YOU ARE. Own it, girl!
Why do you think women are tentative to call themselves feminists?
The word feminism has a lot of baggage… angry, humorless, combat-boot wearing, bra-burning… no matter that none of this is true. (Seriously, if I had a nickel for every time somebody referenced “bra-burning” to me. It didn’t happen! Look it up!). But I think there’s something else at play here, too: the idea that young women who are outpacing their male peers in academics don’t need feminism. You know, they’ve been raised on Girl Power, they had a female Secretary of State, and so forth. But the reality is that gender inequality is still rampant, albeit in subtle ways. Many of those ways become visible when women graduate from school and enter into the workforce. So I think what we end up seeing is a lot of women embracing feminism later than our mother’s generations. I know that was the case for me. But really, better late than never.
Read the entire interview here.