This is What a Feminist Looks Like

Feminist ShirtLast week, one of my friends told us about an ironic situation that I could not help but relate to you:

He works at a local restaurant, and one of the female servers regularly sports a shirt just like the one pictured to the left as her undershirt. The shirt screams, “This is What a Feminist Looks Like.”

My friend was shocked that, when the topic of the 2008 presidential elections came up, this girl definitively declared that she would not support Hillary Clinton. Why? “Because I can’t picture a woman being president!”

So, the one wearing the shirt claiming she is all that a feminist looks like is opposed to a female holding the most prestigious office in the country. Irony of ironies!

Yet, t-shirt feminists like her are no different than t-shirt Christians. They know how to look the part; they know how to talk the talk; but their decisions don’t match the persona. What they do is not consistent with who they claim they are.

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3 thoughts on “This is What a Feminist Looks Like

  1. Eh, that might’ve just been her easy answer — you know, the kind of answer you give when you don’t really want to go into the hems and haws of why you made a particular decision. I’m a feminist and I don’t support Hillary either, but it’s not something I’d want to talk about with people whose opinions mean relatively little to me and to whom I’d have to explain a great deal more.

  2. I will grant your point that it might have been a cop out. However, the part about it being ‘not something I’d want to talk about with people whose opinions mean relatively little to me’ is the part that is troubling. These are your co-workers and, for better or worse, you are spending more time with them during the week than most of your friends or family. So, to consider their opinion as meaning relatively little to you is pretentious heading towards arrogant. That may be an option for a t-shirt feminist like her, but it is not an option for a Christian who is trying to be the aroma of Christ to others.

  3. Well, I can’t really argue for or against the relative Christian-ness of it, but I don’t think it’s necessarily pretentious to find some coworkers’ opinions irrelevant. And in the larger scheme of things, they really aren’t irrelevant — especially if they vote! — but what I had meant by the statement was just that not everyone’s opinions hold equal weight. I value my mom’s opinions more than my shift lead’s, for example, and I’d be more willing to talk about my political opinions with her simply because her opinion of me matters to me. I care what my coworkers think of me, but ultimately they’re a great deal more transient than my family, no matter how many hours I spend working with them.

    Though a lot of that probably has to do with the fact that I work in an environment that sees a lot of turnover — you’re definitely right that in a company where most people tend to stick around, it’s better to have a greater care for the people around you.

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