How Fake Feminism Harms Women

What is Fake Feminism?

Do you know any women who practice fake feminism? By fake feminism, I mean that they flaunt a feminist attitude that contradicts sharply with how they really treat other women. They pretend to have a feminist attitude by calling out those whom they consider to be "male identified," women beholden to male authority, and read all the feminist literature, quickly engaging in discourse on feminist theory and saying "down with the patriarchy." However, those who practice fake feminism are especially harsh on their fellow women. They judge other women from the jobs they have, the way they dress, and by whom they socialize. They actual adopt a very negative attitude about women because they have an ideal in their mind about the "real woman" - an ideal that most women cannot maintain. It is not much different from the patriarchal notion of the "ideal woman."

Fake Feminism Hurts Women

Fake feminism, especially when practiced by women, hurts women. It creates a box in which most women are unable to mold themselves. In the professional world, a female boss who is a fake feminist may actually be harsher on her female employees than her male employees. Her idea of what a true women should be may cause her to be unduly harsh on women and actually prevent opportunities for advancements for their fellow women, creating an additional "glass ceiling" that is supported and erected by women. As a parent, a fake feminist may express harsh judgments on their female child - especially around a teenager's expression and understanding of sexuality. As young women begin to understand their bodies and experiment with the way they dress, they need support and kind advice instead of biting criticism. These experiences can impact self-esteem.

While many girls and women may indeed be "male-identified" and try too hard to gain male approval, these women could use kind support to help them develop their own personalities. True feminism means that women are seen as full human beings who are accepted for who they are as people. There are many different types of women, as there are many different types of people. Why not support your fellow women? Love and embrace them for who they are and what they want to achieve. Take the time to understand differences before passing judgment.

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Wow, very interesting! I have run across this attitude at workplaces, and I appreciate you pointing it out. It is so true, and sad, that women often tend to be the most critical of each other, and run each other down. Women getting along and working together can be a beautiful thing! You have written an original, thought-provoking hub. Great job! Take care.


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truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks for reading and for your comments.


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Coach Julie 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

I agree with prairieprincess, it is a very thought provoking hub. Too many women are very critical and judgemental of other women. We have to do a better job of learning to be supportive and positive if we want to grow and discredit the old stereotypes. Thanks for sharing.


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truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thank you.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Great hub. Women who practice fake feminism are not much different from those self-righteous, women-hating males whom they claimed to despise.


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truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

We need to do a better job of accepting one another.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

You make some good points. Food for thought. Lots of women say they are not feminists because they disagree that women should be equal. I did a survey for one of my women's studies classes and asked different women what they thought feminism meant. I got all negative responses exactly like the ones I got from men. I wonder who programmed who . . . it's a shame that lots of women don't even know what feminism is.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

It is a shame that some women can't really support one another and are so controlled by men that they don't even realize it. If you pay attention, men tend to stick together.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

You make some good points. Food for thought. Lots of women say they are not feminists because they disagree that women should be equal. I did a survey for one of my women's studies classes and asked different women what they thought feminism meant. I got all negative responses exactly like the ones I got from men. I wonder who programmed who . . . it's a shame that lots of women don't even know what feminism is.

It is a shame that some women can't really support one another and are so controlled by men that they don't even realize it. If you pay attention, men tend to stick together.

Well maybe that's true for some men and women but tis been my experience that men and women who don't like feminism don't like it because of how rampant misandry is in feminism these days. I have heard and read feminists talk about male genocide and even male infanticide. And feminist keep saying that women are brainwashed and women are getting fed up with that because ultimately it does not empower women it only makes them look like perpetual victims who are helpless and cant make their own decisions and they always judge all or most men for bad things that individual men have done saying that men are inadequet and inane well what about when women do horrible things women do horrible things to and I can testify to that. This is just the tip of the iceberg of horrible things that I have really heard feminists say and do I believe that men and women are equal but I question the motives and methods of many modern feminists.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

I also think we need to stop labeling women as male identified or female identified a woman is a woman and a man is a man there are just different types.

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