Time magazine recently held a fun poll to see which words should be “banned” in 2015. Its readers decided by an overwhelming margin that the word ‘feminist’ has become toxic. Feminists went into full totalitarian mode, and soon afterward Time’s Nancy Gibbs was apologizing to them — thereby proving the point of every single person who voted in favor of banning the word.
Here’s what Time had to say before attempting to scrub its poll results down the Memory Hole:
“TIME apologizes for the execution of this poll; the word ‘feminist’ should not have been included in a list of words to ban. While we meant to invite debate about some ways the word was used this year, that nuance was lost, and we regret that its inclusion has become a distraction from the important debate over equality and justice,” (Nancy Gibbs).
Time couldn’t stand up to the likes of Planned Parenthood, which ironically has a big problem with aborting words, but not a problem with aborting millions of future feminists.
Feminists stand up for the “right” to kill little girls and boys in the womb and they tweet about killing “all men,” but if you want to kill a word during a playful online poll, then you’re apparently a horrible person.
Feminists may have gotten Time to walk back its original editorial decision, but in the process they once again have demonstrated to large swathes of the American public that they are out of ideas. When American feminists are forced to go after men who are busy sending rockets into the far reaches of space, the time has come where they are largely irrelevant. When American feminists find themselves trying to ban victims of female genital mutilation from speaking on college campuses, it is clear that intellectual bankruptcy is close at hand.
Time magazine may be able to erase most of the evidence of its poll results, but feminists can not easily erase the reputation they’ve built for themselves in recent years. The louder they screech irrational diatribes into the digital marketplace of ideas, the less influence they will wield.