Does the Feminist Label Matter?

What’s in a word?

By the MORE News & Politics Edtiors
Photograph: Photo courtesy of iStock

We asked some of the women in our This is What the New Feminists Look Like story if they call themselves "feminists." Here’s what they said:

"Some people argue that we should use the word humanist because it doesn’t have so much baggage. But once you erase gender from the equation, women tend to get lost in the shuffle." Jessica Valenti

"It is the number-one word I use to describe myself." Shelby Knox

"I have at times struggled with the word and wondered if it was necessary. At this political moment, it is." Tracy Clark-Flory

Read the full story here.

Originally published in the November 2010 issue of MORE.

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