Last night at dinner, I asked my partner to create a badge for a blog carnival on young feminists.

“Let me start from the beginning,” I said, “So Gail Collins and Stacy Schiff from the New York Times declared that young feminists don’t exist–”

“–Wait, I think you already told me about this, it sounds familiar…”

“No, it happened again.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Gail Collins: Every time I go on a speaking tour I get questions from sad middle-aged women who want to know why their daughters all insist they aren’t feminists. They might be planning to devote their lives to healing fistula victims in Somalia, but they won’t let anyone call them feminists because they think it means being anti-man, or wearing unattractive shoes.”

“Stacy Schiff: Partly the word has been deliberately sullied, like “liberal” and “progressive.” It spells man-hating, militant, and, especially, no Manolos. If it makes you feel better, I just texted my 17-year-old to ask if she considered herself a feminist. “If by feminism, you mean equality,” she answers, “then yes.” It’s not a word that appeals, because her generation thinks the work has been done. They’ve been reading articles about the End of Men. Somehow the news that men who work full-time make on average 23 percent more than women do seems to have escaped them.”

Wow, thanks for talking to young feminists telling us about some women you met and one 17 year old who SAID SHE WAS A FEMINIST when texted by her mom, as evidence for your claims. As an ardent fair pay activist, I find that last line extremely frustrating.

Moreover,  this isn’t the first time that young feminists have been erased by the media and/or our sisters in the movement. Remember in April when Newsweek and Nancy Keenan declared that young women aren’t interested in protecting reproductive rights?

It’s really upsetting to be an activist who devotes significant time and energy to feminist causes, and then be told that young feminists do not exist. Like I previously wrote, it raises questions for me about what kinds of contributions are considered valuable by older feminists. I hate feeling  erased, especially when it is at the hands of other people who are supposedly committed to empowering people.

It’s not just in the media–in my gender and women’s studies graduate courses, I encountered ZERO professors who discussed third wave feminism, let alone espoused it. When I brought it up in class, I was told by several professors that they either didn’t believe in third wave feminism, didn’t understand it, or thought it was bullshit.

The reality is there ARE young feminists all across the world doing really valuable work for the movement. My fellow young feminists inspire me, challenge me, and support me.

So, I’m inviting you to participate in the first “THIS IS WHAT A YOUNG FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE” blog carnival next Friday, August 27th. To participate, leave a comment below with the name and URL for your blog. Then download the badge below and put it on your blog to show that you are participating. I will update the list of participating blogs every couple of days, and post the final list Friday morning.

**A note about participation as related to age: Personally, I am totally comfortable with people outside of the “young” demographic participating in the carnival. You may take time to reflect on your own take on the issue, share about your life when you were a young feminist, or offer ways we can move forward to a meaningful dialogue.

Posted on: August 20th, 2010 by Fair and Feminist 72 Comments

72 Responses

  1. Jenni says:

    Count me in.

    “No One Ever Said I Had to Make Sense”

  2. Sobdee! says:

    I am absolutely a young feminist, but I must say that I am the only one of my friends that proudly declares herself as such. My female friends think I’m militant and harsh because I speak up when encountered by misogyny, ignorance and disrespect. They just prefer to seethe in silence and buy shoes. I like shoes, too… but I have a soul.

  3. Meg says:

    I am definitely in. Hopefully I can stick to blogging.

  4. Shelby Knox says:

    Thanks so much for organizing the blog carnival! As you know from rants on Twitter, this myth that we don’t exist is one of my pet peeves. I’m so excited to see a collection of blog posts on the issue.

    My blog is ‘The Ms. Education of Shelby Knox’ at

  5. Go ladies, girls, feminist, rabble rousers etc-

    This 43 years old feminist believes in all of you. Let me know if I can do anything.


  6. Absolutely –

  7. Steph Herold says:

    Count me in! Like Shelby, this is one of my biggest pet peeves. I’m sure my bloggers at the Abortion Gang would agree. Our url is

  8. Emily Heroy says:

    Gender Across Borders ( is totally in.

  9. Ashley B. says:

    I’d love to participate– I’m young(ish) and a proud, pro-choice feminist. However, my blog isn’t expressly political. Is it cool to have me post something on a crafty, mail themed blog? I see a post about women on stamps and my own realizations about what Feminism means to me.

  10. Can we ask sarah palin to take part? I heard she was a feminist…..jokes

    I’m in

  11. I am absolutely a young feminist and proud of it. I’d like to participate!

  12. MishaRN says:

    I’m in. I’m not feeling so young, but I tend to act immaturely, that should help.

  13. Shelly says:

    Ashley that sounds awesome! Creativity is totally a feminist value IMO :-)

  14. Caitlin says:

    21 year-old feminist. activism isn’t just my hobby, it’s my lifestyle. check out my blog for feminist book and television reviews, political chitchat, and general feminist badassery. thanks so much!

  15. A little bit naive of a feminist as I still have a lot to learn, but regardless, I hope I can contribute something worthwhile.

  16. Count me in. This is awesome.

  17. Jarrah says:

    Thanks for organizing! Looking forward to it! I’m a 24-year-old feminist and my blog is

  18. Count me in!

    Name of blog: “Plenty of Otherwise”

  19. Caitlin says:

    i probably shouldve linked my blog in my earlier comment, haha.


  20. Hanna says:

    I’m in!


  21. Emily Anna says:

    Young feminists are EVERYWHERE!

    My version of Happy

  22. Katie says:

    Wow, look at all these young fems! Loving this. Count me in.


  23. oh I just realized, and am slightly embarrassed at not realizing earlier… blog name: “A Mad Girl’s Love Song”

  24. Jamia Wilson says:

    This is AWESOME. Thank you for organizing it.

  25. Count me in. My blog is about what a young feminist bride looks like:

  26. Erin Matson says:

    Falala! Love it. IN

  27. Andrea says:

    I’m in. I rarely write about anything so serious (mostly books, technology, and travel), so this will be a challenge. Not that it won’t be fun, or a fun post, I just usually don’t write persuasively. Anyway, check it out if you want at

  28. Hmmm… I tried to download the image on my blog, and it wouldn’t go. I just got the image location address. Any suggestions?

  29. Brittany-Ann says:

    This sounds like a great idea! I’m in!

    A Bookish Beemer:

    PS: Um, how do I put the badge on my blog?

  30. Shelly says:

    You should be able to right click on the image and then click “Save image as.” If it still doesnt work shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to send it to you! fairandfeminist (at)

  31. KiaJD says:

    I’m in!
    Blog: Bourgie, Interrupted

  32. Kasia Gladki says:

    We’re in and ready!

  33. Becky says:

    As a 53 year old feminist, I get frustrated when anyone dismisses the opinions and gifts of other generations. Who cares what young women want to call themselves as long as the work gets done? I don’t need future generations to use my language or to play by my rules. Language is fluid. Let’s work together under as many names as we choose.

  34. Dr. Ruthie says:

    I’m on the young side of middle aged (31) and ready to roll with some sex-positive feminism!

    Exploring Intimacy with Dr. Ruthie –

  35. Miranda says:

    My contribution, from Women’s Glib: This Lady, Right Here

  36. MLE says:

    Check out the University of New Hampshire Women’s Studies Program, those faculty members have been teaching not just third wave feminism but also about the plurality of feminism today.

  37. Roxy says:

    Great idea. I’m definitely in.

  38. Thank you for doing this. You certainly aren’t the only person who has gotten this sort of treatment. I’ve begun to call it being “boomered”. They are a generation who always believed that they had something to say and that other people were supposed to pay attention to them.

    Unfortunately, some are so stuck in their own heads they don’t want to look outside them.

    Comrade Kevin’s Chrestomathy

  39. Roxy says:

    It doesn’t look like my earlier comment had the web link to my blog. Oops.

    Foxy by Nature

  40. My mum gave me a book when I was ten years old titled, ‘Women in the 20th Century.’ I’ve been the ‘young feminist’ of the family ever since!

  41. My mum gave me a book when I was ten years old titled, ‘Women in the 20th Century.’ I’ve been the ‘young feminist’ of the family ever since!

  42. Jenn says:

    I’ve spent so much time defending my feminism, desperately trying to explain that just because I’m a feminist doesn’t mean I’m going to burn my bra and get pissed off when a man holds the door for me.

    My blog isn’t really feminism related but it’s my thoughts and wanderings. It’s called the Halo Effect.

  43. Judith says:

    I would like to participate: will you be sending out e-mail reminders tomorrow so that we can remember to post the badge?

  44. Stevie says:

    This post actually gave me the courage to do this.

  45. Rachael says:

    Not a conventional blog, but a mini-blog is enough to make it known that young feminists don’t just exist – we’re alive and kicking, armed and equal.

  46. Rachael says:

    Not a conventional blog, but a mini-blog is enough to make it known that young feminists don’t just exist – we’re alive and kicking, armed and equal.

  47. Shayna says:

    It kills me when someone says that they’re not a feminist – Because if you believe that we all should have a fair shot at pursuing our dreams then guess, what – yep, you’re a feminist. Watch out, we have horns. (Kidding — I’m at tweeting at

  48. Hi from a very enthusiastic ally!

    I’m blogging at:
    The American Virgin

  49. Aqseer Sodhi says:

    Also the discussion group called “discussing feminism” on facebook.

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  52. Jamia Wilson says:

    Blogged on about it “) Most recent post

  53. Naomi says:

    I’m not a blogger, but I do some hand screen printing. I’d love to make up some shirts with “This is what a young feminist looks like” on them.

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  55. Amanda Evans says:

    A little while since I updated, but will be reviving it for the school year soon. Thanks for doing this and putting young feminists in the spotlight!

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  58. Julia says:

    We exist, you exist, I exist.
    Missed the deadline?

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