This morning T Magazine editor Deborah Needleman tweeted about an appearance by Slate columnist Katie Roiphe, and just like that, internet was made.
— deborah needleman (@debbieneedles) October 8, 2012
Naturally, sensing a Twitter meme in the works, the internet does what the internet does, and started rolling with the joke with the hashtag #sorryfeminists, with hundreds of women making confessions of sorts about the things they enjoy that would stereotypically anger your stereotypical feminist. It’s an emotion I’m familiar with from the infinity number of times I’ve looked at a Courtney Stodden photo spread on the internet, and from my decades of unabashedly enjoying my white male privilege. #sorryfeminists
I want to cook meat for my man in sexy lingerie and (maybe even) heels #sorryfeminists
— dari (@nehedari) October 8, 2012
The quick on the draw Ann Friedman, also behind the Real Talk From Your Editor Tumblr turned the concept into another .gif reaction blog called Sorry, Feminists! within hours, because this is the pace things work at now.
It’s already blowing up, as she puts it, “with help from every relevant woman on Twitter.” Some women simply are more relevant than others on Twitter. #sorryfeminists.
In other words the whole thing amounts to ironic feminists ironically shaming anti-feminists’ shaming of sincere feminists for perceived and real traditional female shaming, which I’ll just go ahead and apologize for writing about right now as a man.