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Time Apologizes for Suggesting the Word ‘Feminist’ Should Be Banned

Last week, Time magazine presented its fourth annual word banishment poll. Among terms like “disrupt” and “obvi,” one candidate stood out: “feminist.” After some major backlash, much of it from female journalists, Time editor Nancy Gibbs has issued an apology for the inclusion.


The original article justified the end of “feminism” like this:

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.

In return, the magazine received comments such as these from prominent feminists on Twitter:

Now, the original post includes an apology from Gibbs that reads:

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.

As Jezebel reported last week, sites like 4Chan and 9Gag rallied their users to drive “feminist” to the top of Time’s poll with one user posting, “Let’s trigger some bitches.”

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