"I take a lot of pride in calling myself a feminist and always have," she wrote the newspaper in an email. "We're going to have to insist on correcting bigotry as it happens, in real time. And fear of women's equality, or the diminishment of it, is a kind of bigotry. I think it's important to remove the stigma associated with women's equality, and as such, yes, normalizing the word 'feminist' and making sure people know what it means is incredibly important, whether we're talking to celebrities or anyone."
But Plimpton knows just how batty it can get inside the progressive funhouse when it comes to defining terms. In January, Plimpton tweeted about a benefit for Texas abortion funds called "A Night of a Thousand Vaginas," and was promptly attacked by radical transgender activists who felt using the word "vaginas" in the event title brought pain to "trans men" who don't want the reproductive organs they still have "coded as female."
Biological reality is such a pain.
Many people don't accept the term "feminist" because it sounds like a very serious kind of pagan religion, with its own dogma and doctrinal enforcers. Others find feminists to be boors, pure and simple. Still others see the hypocrisy of it all. If feminists really believed women should be liberated to make their own path, wouldn't they embrace a debate over feminism? Such is the world of the "tolerant" left.