The ideas behind ifeminism have actually been around long before the word itself. Although women anti-suffragettes didn't call themselves ifeminists, they espoused the same attitudes and tactics as seen in ifeminists today. Many suffragettes, such as Rosa May Billinghurst and Emily Stowe, turned to the government for help -- they wanted legislators to repeal laws that discriminated against women as well as enacting new ones that would protect women's rights. At the time, women's lack of involvement in politics and the workplace were seen as a natural result of women's soft and gentle natures, not as a failure of laws or societal attitudes towards women, just as inequalities in pay and gov't representation are seen today. The idea that society could be anything less than perfect was met with hostility and ridicule, and suffragettes were stereotyped as militant, mannish, shrieking Lesbians (as it was capitalized in those days). Many women of the era were quite adamant that they did not want to vote and that feminism didn't represent them. Despite all this, many modern-day anti-feminist women take for granted the hard-earned rights to work and vote, just as anti-feminist women in the future will take for granted the rights that feminists fight for today.
1. Turn to the government for help (unlike radical feminists)
2. Become a butch lesbian vegan hippie communist prude that hates men, and chastises one for being a heterosexual woman that likes men, looks pretty, and eats meat (unlike radical feminists)
3. Believe women are weak, helpless victims of patriarchy, and men are strong, powerful oppressors (unlike radical feminists)
4. Believe a "Big Bad Patriarchy" exists to systematically oppress women (unlike radical feminiss)
5. Turn horrible HUMAN problems like (for example) terrorism, war, rape and domestic violence into gender "women good, men bad" issues (unlike radical feminists)
6. Be intolerant of dissent from one's own political beliefs (umlike radical feminists)
7. By into fascist political correctness (unlike radical feminists)
8. Blindly agree with NOW, the Democratic Party, the Feminist Majority, Ms. Magazine, or any other PC leftist group or person on EVERY fucking issue without any knowledge on the issue in question (unlike radical feminists)
9. Believe guns, porn, etc. are inherently evil patriarchal tools of oppression (unlike radical feminiss)
10. Advocate hypocritical equality by preaching "tolerance" and then discuss how evil whites, heterosexuals, and/or men are (unlike radical feminists)
11. View well-thinking masculists as evil regressive enemies, not allies (unlike radical feminists)
12. Call capitalism oppressive patriarchal inequality and fascist communist and/or matriarchal societies peaceful and equal (unlike radical feminists)
The term, ifeminism, itself was coined by Wendy McElroy, editor of ifeminists.com. This word is short for, individualist/libertarian feminism, which is a tolerant, classically liberal, truthful, consistent, pro-masculist, pro-sex, pro-free market school of feminism. It very strongly differs from mainstream radical feminism (Which, actually, should rightly be called feminazism. The conservatives may have created the feminist stereotype, but radical feminists CERTAINLY have helped contribute to the formation of the stereotype).
Two notable ifeminists are Wendy McElroy and Cathy Young.
Radical Feminist: Today is V-Day! That means that we need to bring the horrible problem of violence against WOMEN into perspective. It's wrong to commit violence against and hate someone on the basis of sex! (A man walks by and looks at her. She runs over and kicks him in the nads while laughing at him.) Ha ha! I LOVE to see those evil oppressors cower in pain!
ifeminist: "sigh" Here we go again... ANOTHER angry bull dyke showing off her blatant hypocrisy and intolerance and managing to ruin feminism's name in the process. Feminism's founders are probably spinning in their graves right now! V-Day is a hypocritical joke! NOW is a hypocritical joke! Do these women even realize WHY so many people aren't feminists and/or believe in the negative stereotype of feminism. It's the 21st century. It's time to show respect for masculism. It's time for REAL feminism to rise.
1. blindly agree with MRA, the Evangelical Religious Right, Pat Robertson, Rush Limbaugh, or any other PinC far right group or person on EVERY fucking issue without any knowledge on the issue in question (unlike REAL feminists)
2. whore herself out to the masculinist "we have more rights and we want even more rights" con artists (unlike REAL feminists)
3. become a Stepford wife whose only point in life is to serve, cook, clean, suck, and bear 5 sons who will support their father in his slander of women (unlike REAL feminists)
4. believe women are inferior to men and deserve to be treated like shit and "slammed and beaten", as a masculinist (= misogynist) wrote in the woman section (unlike REAL feminists)
5. deny the self-evident and well established fact that we live in a patriarchy in which men make all the important decisions and systematically disadvantage women (unlike REAL feminists)
6. pretend that problems like terrorism, war, rape and domestic violence are gender neutral; 10000000 raped women against 10 men is "neutral" to her (unlike REAL feminists)
7. become intolerant of dissent from one's own political beliefs (unlike REAL feminists)
8. buy into fascist political incorrectness; "nigger" and "cunt" is how she greets people on the street (unlike REAL feminists)
9. believe guns, porn, etc. are super and 5-year old should play with a bazooka while watching 5 men gang-rape a woman (unlike REAL feminists)
11. view sick and misogynist masculists as her pimps because she was brainwashed by them in Stepford (unlike REAL feminists)
An ifeminist is a masculinist suicide bomber in training. She targets women and her order is "destroy". She whores for masculinist (= misogynists = Nazis) who ignore all evidence to the contrary and LIE LIE LIE that men are oppressed while women aren't. And those men have the fucking audacity to DEMAND MORE. Always more.
An ifeminist celebrates "masculinity" at the expense of women who are already treated like the scum of the earth. She wants women to have as few rights as possible. The less, the better. She wants dogs to be treated better than women. She wants to abolish equal rights and make women completely subservient to men.
She is a Nazi. She is Sarah Palin. "She" is Pat Robertsen, "she" is Rush Limbaugh and every other man whose dick she sucks.
She is the tool which is supposed to destroy feminism, the fight for equality and, eventually, women.