Should We Judge Women Who Don’t Want To Be Known As “Feminists”?

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

Recently, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting of Big Bang Theory said in an interview with Redbook that she’s not a feminist. Among her reasons for distancing herself from feminism was the fact that she enjoys cooking for her husband, which she said makes her feel like a “housewife.” However, many of us feel that a woman can enjoy domestic life and also be a feminist. They are not mutually exclusive, because feminism is largely about allowing women the freedom to make the choices that are best for their own lives.

  The actress quickly issued an apology on Instagram, in which she said in part, “I'm completely blessed and grateful that strong women have paved the way for my success along with many others.” So, it sounds like she is, in fact, in support of equality for women, but has negative preconceptions about what it means to be a “feminist.” There is still the stereotype that feminists are angry man-haters, but the reality is, feminism is really just the belief that men and women should be treated equally, and afforded equal rights.

So the question is this: Should those of us who align with feminism focus on calling out women who don’t, or on helping to bring a greater understanding of what feminism really is? Here three sides to that story. Maybe all of us need to focus on educating women who are clearly subscribe to feminism but are not educated about what it means.

Here are 3 sides to that story. Tell us which story you most agree with.

The Washington Post basically says that the apology she gave was a "non-apology" and that she didn't really mean what she was saying.

USA Today says we shouldn't be shaming her for her views, and that it's essentially anti-feminist to shame a woman in this way.

This is a middle of the road article from ABC that just describes the events.

This is Redbook's preview of the original article, which will appear in the February issue.