I know Oxford Dictionary, Merriam Webster, and Dictionary.com have already coined their words of 2014. It’s all about vape, culture, and exposure for them and well…lame. Especially on vape, I mean c’mon! I do agree with 2/3 on coining an old word as new and fresh. What I’m talking about is an existing word that got it’s day in the spotlight with a massive resurgence due to pop culture. It’s a word I used to have conversations about in rare moments with a select few friends, but by the end of 2014 it was a common brunch or happy hour topic – even amongst my friends who I never imagined it coming from their mouths.
What word was it? FEMINIST. No other word or subject was as highly discussed in pop culture. Whether it was who is and isn’t a feminist, or what makes a feminist, or even just saying feminist knowing it was PR gold in 2014, the word was hot hot hot. You thought the ALS ice bucket challenge was the must-do celebrity trend of 2014? You were wrong. Talking about feminism couldn’t be beat.
You weren’t worth batting an eyelash for in celebrity world during 2014 if you didn’t want to answer the it question of if you were a feminist or not. You could be doing a segment on knitting wool and the elusive F-word would come up somehow. Everyone from Miley Cyrus to Emma Watson to Joseph Gordon-Levitt were all about feminists.
Let’s quickly take a moment to break down what the dictionary defines as a feminist, just so we all are on the same page.
(Both definitions via Dictionary.com)
Let’s do a quick breakdown of the word feminist in pop culture during 2014. Buckle in.