Just another college girl fightin' the patriarchy

Frequently as feminists we are told that our arguments are invalid because we are just moral crusaders out on some other moral crusade because of a variety of reasons none of which have to do with feminism. I for one, am a bit tired of this. Being accused of being a moral crusader always does or tries to bring the conversation to a screeching halt. Because the phrase sounds just awful, who wants to be accused of “crusading?” Yet does anyone really question what exactly a moral crusader is? What the phrase means? When I looked up what the meaning is, the entire definition is:

A person who seeks to influence a group to adopt or maintain a norm.

That’s it folks. So yes, I suppose feminists are moral crusaders. We do seek to influence a group (people) to adopt a norm (not hate women). Who else is a “moral crusader?”

  • The police
  • Most of the government
  • Every activist group ever
  • Unions

Do you think anyone accuses unions of being on a moral crusade because they want better conditions? So why does this phrase only apply to feminists and the church? I don’t believe I’ve ever heard it applied anywhere else despite the fact that it applies to every group trying to get anything done ever. I don’t believe I heard anyone use this term in reference to black groups trying to get recognition as human, and certainly not now. It’s incredibly obvious that accusing feminists of being moral crusaders is a pathetic attempt to align us with religious groups. I think it’s fairly obvious that many people hear that term crusades and think of the obvious brutal violent religious crusades. So people, please stop using the term moral crusader. It’s not actually an insult. Maybe people should pay more attention to what they’re saying, because this term just shows your ignorance.

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Comments on: "What is a moral crusader?" (3)

  1. What also gets me is “humorless” — what an effective way to silence someone, especially in our ironic funfem times…

  2. The humorless and moral crusader go together, people with morality or even a few moral standards are humorless, dontcha know.

    It’s because don’t get the joke because you don’t find misogyny all that funny. You know, the “we were just having a good bit of fun” bit.

  3. Thanks for this post, elkballet. Reading all those comments to the Newsweek article was really tiring me out….

    I think people say this about people they generally disagree with, not just feminists. I’ve been part of other groups that were compared to religious crusades as well, although they were not at all right-wing.

    Getting women to become afraid of being called “prudes” has apparently been a very successful strategy by the male left.

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