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Feminism is a large, unwieldy movement, populated by diverse people in disparate circumstances. As such, an “individualist” feminist might disagree with many of the ideas that parade under the banner of feminism. The #MeToo movement and the criticism it inspired have made this clear. Where do you fall along these divisive and poorly demarcated lines? In this Guardian article, writer Moira Donegan defines the rift in feminism, petitioning individualist anti-#MeToo feminists not to dismiss the movement so readily. getAbstract recommends this article to feminists of all stripes and to anyone who views feminists as a homogenous group.

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Moira Donegan has written for N+1, The New Yorker, Bookforum and The Paris Review. She is also the author of the Shitty Media Men list.



The #MeToo movement has exposed a division within modern feminism. "Individualist” feminists tend to dismiss many #MeToo reactions to perceived sexual harassment as naive. Such situations are inevitable, they argue, and can be resolved with a firm no and a swift exit. “Social” feminists question the inevitability of such situations, imagining a world where harassment is rare and consent is everyone’s responsibility. They recognize that whereas saying no and leaving is an ideal solution, it’s not always possible. Betty Freidan’s The Feminine Mystique and Sheryl Sandberg’s ...

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