And the word of the year is…

Some sad 2017 Swedish ” feminists” wearing their pussy hats

The Merriam-Webster dictionary chose “Feminism” as its word of the year but the true meaning of the word has been lost and only pale imitations remain. The Women’s Marches weren’t true feminist marches, they were anti-Trump marches. The Pink Pussy hats weren’t symbols of a fight for equality or freedom but were sad, knitted reminders of how pathetic and virtue signalling the so-called feminists of today have become.

Better choices for word of the year would have been either Liberalism which is the doctrine of social change and tolerance or Absurdism which is the doctrine that we live in an irrational universe.

[…] There was the Women’s March on Washington in January, along with sister demonstrations around the globe. And heading into the year was Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and references linking her to white-clad suffragettes, along with her loss to President Donald Trump, who once boasted about grabbing women.

The “Me Too” movement rose out of Harvey Weinstein’s dust, and other “silence breakers” brought down rich and famous men of media, politics and the entertainment worlds.

So feminism is all about taking down men? It used to be simply about equal rights.

Feminism has been in Merriam-Webster’s annual Top 10 for the last few years, including sharing word-of-the-year honors with other “isms” in 2015. Socialism, fascism, racism, communism, capitalism and terrorism rounded out the bunch. Surreal was the word of the year last year.

“The word feminism was being use in a kind of general way,” Sokolowski said by phone from the company’s headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts. “The feminism of this big protest, but it was also used in a kind of specific way: What does it mean to be a feminist in 2017? Those kinds of questions are the kinds of things, I think, that send people to the dictionary.”

Third wave feminists are nothing like the Suffragettes. They have anti-male attitudes, they make wild claims about a rape culture and they focus on the mythical gender pay gap that simply does not exist.

Feminism’s roots are in the Latin for “woman” and the word “female,” which dates to 14th century English. […]

“It was a very new word at that time,” Sokolowski said. “His definition is not the definition that you and I would understand today. His definition was, ‘The qualities of females,’ so basically feminism to Noah Webster meant femaleness. We do see evidence that the word was used in the 19th century in a medical sense, for the physical characteristics of a developing teenager, before it was used as a political term, if you will.”

Webster added the word in revisions to his “An American Dictionary of the English Language.” They were his last. He died in 1843. He also added the word terrorism that year.

“We had no idea he was the original dictionary source of feminism. We don’t have a lot of evidence of what he was looking at,” Sokolowski said.

Today, Merriam-Webster defines feminism as the “theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes” and “organized activities on behalf of women’s rights and interests.”

By that definition, the anti-Trump marchers had no legitimate right to claim that they were marching in a “feminist” march unless hating on the democratically elected President of America is an ” interest.” Perhaps their women’s ” feminist” interest was all about knitting a pink pussy hat so they could look silly together while wearing it as a group?

Another spike for the word feminism in 2017 occurred in February, after Kellyanne Conway spoke at the Conservative Political Action Committee.

“It’s difficult for me to call myself a feminist in the classic sense because it seems to be very anti-male and it certainly seems to be very pro-abortion. I’m neither anti-male or pro-abortion,” she said. “There’s an individual feminism, if you will, that you make your own choices. … I look at myself as a product of my choices, not a victim of my circumstances. And to me, that’s what conservative feminism is all about.”

She was applauded, and she sent many people to their dictionaries, Sokolowski said[…]

-NZ Herald

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