TIME Poll Mayhem: The Internet Wants to Ban the Word 'Feminist'

TIME Poll Mayhem: The Internet Wants to Ban the Word 'Feminist'

Time Magazine has come out with its 4th annual word banishment poll asking readers to do away with an array of annoying words. To the surprise and shock of self-identifying women’s rights advocates, the poll included the word “feminist.”

Feminist, which has become known as an endearing term for social status, more than one of substantive lifestyle, won overwhelming, garnering 47 percent of the votes. The second most annoying word of 2014 was “bae;” however, that word only netted 13 percent.

Time has provided a little background on each word for potential voters who are weighing their word-banning options. Here is the publication’s stance on the use of the word feminist:

You have nothing against feminism itself, but when did it become a thing that every celebrity had to state their position on whether this word applies to them, like some politician declaring a party? Let’s stick to the issues and quit throwing this label around like ticker tape at a Susan B. Anthony parade.

People on Twitter don’t seem too pleased that feminist has fallen on the same list as the words “obvi” or “om nom nom nom” – or the fact that it’s winning. 

Time put ‘feminist’ in their banned words poll, along with ‘literally’, ‘kale’ & ‘basic’. Inequality is no joke guys http://t.co/lcQsL9Tswm

— Holly June Smith (@hollyjunesmith) November 12, 2014

Time Magazine’s latest awful idea is a poll about whether to “ban” the word feminist. I seriously can’t even. http://t.co/m4U1zaTqll

— Mario Bruzzone (@Mario_Bruzzone) November 13, 2014

Women still earn less than me. Women’s bodies are STILL being targeted by male legislators. And @Time thinks Feminist is a bad word? Oh

— LVL 90 SJW (@Auragasmic) November 12, 2014

Standby for the official results of the poll, which will be announced on Nov. 19.


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