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I'm an angry woman and that's just fine

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I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been called an angry feminist (or some variation on the same theme). It’s happened with renewed intensity lately because I dared criticise a number of well-liked men publicly. I didn’t like Quentin Tarantino’s new film? Someone wishes I would just “suspend [my] tunnel-vision feminist views” long enough to enjoy the movie (sorry, that film is almost three hours long, can’t do it). I feel so-so about the upcoming Joker movie? Clearly, I’m delivering a “militant feminist rant” or I'm the embodiment of “toxic feminism gone too far”. I don’t enjoy Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix special? Wow, I must "think I’m so woke".

It’s a natural reaction, when someone calls you something in order to discredit you, to feel defensive. What? Me? I’m not an angry feminist! Feminist, sure, but angry? I’m not angry. I’m too cool for angry. I’m too composed for angry. Angry is for children. It’s for people who can’t keep a lid on their emotions. Angry is disgraceful. Angry is bad.

But you know what? I am an angry feminist. I am so, so very angry about so many things, and I’m done feeling embarrassed about that. How could I not be angry? Have you heard about… literally anything happening in the world right now? I wake up angry. My anger rides the subway with me.........

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