Female Trouble

Girl power. It’s a force to be reckoned with; soon we will have our first female president and it’s going to drive half the country bugfuck.

I’m a feminist. I believe men and women should be of equal status. I’ll say it loud and proud. But somehow, somehow, a school found the word “feminist” to be a hot button word, so much that an 8th grade girl who wore a t-shirt with that word on it had to be airbrushed in her class photo to remove the “bad” word.

An eighth grade student at Clermont Northeastern Middle School in Batavia, Ohio wore a black T-shirt on class photo day which included the word “FEMINIST” written across the shirt in white letters. Yet, while the shirt does not violate any school rule and the student has worn it to classes before, the school chose to doctor her class photo to remove the word.

According to the site Women You Should Know, who identifies the student as “Sophie,” the student asked Principal Kendra Young why the word “FEMINIST” was removed from her shirt in the class photo that was distributed to students, and was told that “the photographer called me and brought it to my attention and I made the decision to black it out because some people might find it offensive.”

Offensive. You heard right. “Feminist” is a dirty word…you know, I kinda like that. I think it’s cool that girl power scares people. It shows we have work to do, but the foot is in the door. You go, little girl!

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