The Feminine Mistake

What Eric Hobsbawm missed in his dismissal of feminism.

By Jane Miller

Eric Hobsbawm, the historian I interviewed for In These Times earlier this year, died in October at 95. An affectionate friend and an impressive scholar, he had one striking blind spot. He saw no point in feminism and disliked the word “gender” as feminists [RETURN TO ARTICLE]

  • Reader Comments

    I’ve lately noticed that U.S. “feminists” (not the right-wing variety claiming the label while supporting the religious patriarchy movement on the march here in the states) spend quite a lot of time attacking men for frivolous “infractions” while missing the big picture: U.S. women are quickly loosing the rights they’ve gained, thanks to Christian fundamentalist lawmakers at the helm of the Republican party. Entire states are being dragged back to the Dark Ages. So, where exactly is the deaf, dumb, and blind feminist movement? Heeeeeelllllllllppppppp!

    Posted by kfreed on Dec 9, 2012 at 5:31 AM

    The movement, or rather the women who compose it, are busy fighting with each other over things like whether trans people should be allowed to exist, or tactical arguments like whether we should work within the system (court cases), against it (direct action/protest), or apart from it (separatism), or some combination of the three. I say this as a young (23) currently active feminist and activist.

    Posted by Claire on Dec 10, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    I’ve noticed. Not to mention this: “Schrödinger’s Rapist”:…

    Mind you, these are “feminists” within the “AtheismPlus” “movement” who are supposed to be fighting for social and economic justice, hence the “Plus”... kinda makes we want to smack them in the back of the head with a copy of The Vagina Monologues (which incidentally would be ironic and also not productive).

    THIS would be why women in the US are quickly losing their rights.
    I say this as a 48-year-old woman who remembers feminism when it wasn’t full of stupid people acting out for the sake of personal glorification.

    Posted by kfreed on Dec 10, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Good post, minor factual error with this sentence:

    “If they go to university in the U.K. they will start their grown-up lives with debts of nearly £50,000.”

    The different countries of the UK have different education policies. The above is true for England, but university is still free in Scotland.

    Posted by Walton Pantland on Dec 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM