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Laura Perrins: A lesson in English language, girls. Nazi metaphors should be struck out


Charlotte Proudman continues to dine out on her terrible ordeal of being complimented by a man. In The Guardian she complains that she was labelled a feminazi and how this term is being used to silence feminists and their quest for equality. Something tells me, nothing, nothing could silence the person who takes umbrage at a compliment.

The piece contains much feminist jargon but essentially she takes exception to feminists being compared to Nazis. “Words that exploit visceral connections to the Nazis, Stalinists and Al Qaeda malign feminists as the enemy because they challenge the patriarchal status quo.”

I am not a fan of the feminists, I disagree with their worldview but I am pretty sure they are not Nazis. In fact, I am very sure they are not planning to slaughter any unsuspecting ethnic group.

The feminists do not like the term ‘feminazi’, but then a few do like using the term ‘breastapo,’ which also evokes Nazi imagery. If the feminists are not actively using the term breastapo then they are silent on its use by others.

A quick search tells me that the term breastapo has been used by Sarah Vine (wife of Cabinet minister Michael Gove) when she worked for the paper of record. She tells us, “new mothers are extremely vulnerable, often quite fearful creatures, and Breastapo strategy is to exploit this, ruthlessly.”

This term compares mothers who breastfeed their children or those who encourage or support mothers to breastfeed their children with the Gestapo.

The Gastapo was the secret police of Nazi Germany and its main tool of oppression and destruction. It later played a central role in helping carry out the Nazi’s Final Solution.

Breastfeeding your child – killing the Jews. It is all the same thing.

Amazingly the term feminazi and breastapo managed to make it into the same sentence in this headline.

Charlotte Proudman would have us believe that people who use the term feminazi believe feminists have actual plans to kill. “Claiming that those who challenge gender inequality are feminazis is, arguably, libellous. It is a false statement because feminists are not Nazis, and it could be defamatory because being branded some kind of a crypto-Nazi implies extremist and even homicidal ambitions….”

But we know that in both cases the writer is not saying that either feminists or lactation consultants and midwives are in fact Nazis.

If Proudman wants to round up the Sisterhood then we should be consigning both terms, feminazi and breastapo, to the linguistic dustbin.

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