- Hating feminists. Yep, that one’s age old, and very, very status quo.
- Calling yourself a feminist while making sure you qualify that profusely with how much feminism loves/concerns/includes men.
- Having no appetite for reading or understanding the pioneering work of feminism. Second-wave feminism is not a “different” feminism. It’s the basis of feminism. A feminist who ignores or rejects it is like a biologist who doesn’t care for the theory of evolution.
- Appropriation. Hint: The concept of intersectionality was coined by and for black women, doesn’t mean what you think it means, and was never meant to concern, for example, middle-class white guys. Just in case anyone didn’t “get the memo.”
Bonus factoid: The “radical” in “radical” feminism does not mean “extreme,” so bellyaching about how you don’t find radical feminism to be very revolutionary or cutting-edge only reveals your ignorance. The word means “root” (think square root, or the Rancid song). As in the root of women’s oppression, which is reproductive function.