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Nov. 8th, 2013 | 10:24 am

Joss Whedon on why he hates the word "feminist":

[Y]ou can't be born an ist. It's not natural. You can't be born a baptist; you have to be baptized. You can't be born an atheist or a communist or a horticulturalist. You have to have these things brought to you. So 'feminist' includes the idea that believing men and women to be equal, believing all people to be people, is not a natural state. That we don't emerge assuming that everybody in the human race is a human, that the idea of equality is just an idea that's imposed on us. That we are indoctrinated with it, that it's an agenda.

And that's when I realize....my problem with feminist is not the word. It's the question. It's the question, "Are you now, or have you ever been, a feminist?" .... This question that lies before us is one that should lie behind us. The word is problematic for me because there's another word that we're missing. That words have failed us. And I'd like to use as an example, race. In the public discourse, there's one word to deal with race. 'Racism'. That is the word. And it implies something very important: it implies something that we are past . When you say racist, you are saying that is a negative thing. That is a line that we have crossed. Anything on the other side of that line is shameful, is on the wrong side of history.

That is a line that we have crossed in terms of gender, but we don't have the word for it. People are confronted with the word 'feminism' and it stops them; they think they have to deal with that. But I think we're done with that as intelligent human beings. Being on the wrong side of history in terms of the oppression of women is on the whole of history, all of recorded history, you're on the wrong side. .... I start thinking about the fact that we have this word when we deal with race that says 'We have evolved beyond something', and we don't really have this word for gender.

My pitch is this word: 'genderist'. I would like this word to become the new 'racist'. I would like a word that says, "There was a shameful past before we realized that all people are created equal, and we are past that, and every evolved human being...is past that, and to say 'I don't believe that' is unacceptable."

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From: hughville
Date: Nov. 8th, 2013 02:30 pm (UTC)

This is what makes Joss Whedon SO amazing. This and Firefly.

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