Words to Avoid: Handmaiden

Women are victims of patriarchy, including those who have been brainwashed into supporting it.

We object to this term on several grounds:

  1. The targets of our criticism should be men
  2. It is our goal to liberate women, including those who are called “handmaidens.”
  3. It’s in-group language that marks us as fringe
  4. It’s mean, and mean to the wrong set of people at that

For more on the types of words we should avoid, click here.

For more on the ways that jargon is harming our cause, click here and here.


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