Trigger warning, guys: there's a new blog in town to remind you how everything you're doing is not feminist enough. In fact, I hate to say it, you're problematic. You're every kind of -ist imaginable — colorist, ageist, sexist, racist. Maybe even a rapist. How do I know? Is This Feminist? says.
The hilarious tumblr pokes fun of that feeling you got on the first day of your first ever Women's Studies class, that feeling that you've been blithely living your entire life to this point like some sort of out-of-touch misogynist barging around accidentally reinforcing the patriarchy. You're not only part of the problem, you are the problem. Can you hear the cry of the girl children? Well, can you?!
Among the items and actions that Is This Feminist? declares PROBLEMATIC (which is much funnier in all-caps): female scientists ("This woman is adopting and reinforcing a masculine-supremacist view of intelligence which encourages women to rely on externally defined "facts" and academic credentials, rather than heeding their own inner wisdom. A true feminist simply knows the cure for Alzheimer's disease, possibly because it's yoga"), dancing in clubs, ("What is she dancing to? Are the lyrics sexist? Does this sexy tune exclude the experiences of asexuals? Dancing to Le Tigre may not be enough. One of them is married to a guy who used to have sexist lyrics in his music, which makes their beats triggering for some"), and women acting in plays ("Is she playing a character who is strong and flawless, so as not to allow for any sexist interpretations about the worthiness of all women, but also human and relatable? Until such a role is written, the best way to avoid sexism is not have female roles at all"), among other things.
Is This Feminist is truly an important contribution to the world of the internet; however, the internet is riddled with porn that reinforces oppressive and ultimately unobtainable standards of Western European beauty. The blog's existence on the same forum as a film genre that so glorifies joyless jackhammering and feigned lesbianism is indicative of a commitment to feminism that's shallow, at best. PROBLEMATIC.