This Is What #SorryFeminists Is All About

It started with a tweet from T magazine’s new editor, apologizing for calling writer Katie Roiphe “sexy.” Cue the Sorry Feminists Tumblr! posted on

Deborah Needleman, the newly appointed editor of The New York TimesT magazine, tweeted this Monday morning:

The sexy (sorry, feminists), smart, sassy Katie Roiphe live on stage @nypl" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/nypl">@nypl on Wednesday night. slate.me/T6IA3g" target="_blank">http://t.co/cYzI55PI">slate.me/T6IA3g

Women on the Twitter (like the New Yorker’s prominent TV critic Emily Nussbaum) shared a WTF reaction:

@debbieneedles" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/debbieneedles">@debbieneedles Did you wrote that tweet from 1963? Impressive.

And then people were all, if you’re going to apologize for calling a woman sexy, what else should we apologize for? Hashtag time!

About to photograph my new nail polish application. #sorryfeminists" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23sorryfeminists">#sorryfeminists

I [redacted] on the first date. #sorryfeminists" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23sorryfeminists">#sorryfeminists

I'm enjoying browsing holiday sales #sorryfeminists" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23sorryfeminists">#sorryfeminists

I think sex with men rocks. #sorryfeminists" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23sorryfeminists">#sorryfeminists

Wearing fishnet stockings. #sorryfeminists" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23sorryfeminists">#sorryfeminists

Others may have taken #sorryfeminists seriously:

Rush Limbaugh is hilarious! #sorryfeminists" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23sorryfeminists">#sorryfeminists

objectification is not only tolerated, but welcome. #sorryfeminists" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23sorryfeminists">#sorryfeminists

red lipstick and high heels.... Daily. #sorryfeminists" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23sorryfeminists">#sorryfeminists

Used step stool stacked on chair to remove beeping fire alarm on 10-ft ceiling, then called apt. maint. to replace battery. #SorryFeminists" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23SorryFeminists">#SorryFeminists

I’m deeply invested in American football, MMA, aggressive music, experimental poetry, and BDSM. I also wear red lipstick. #sorryfeminists" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23sorryfeminists">#sorryfeminists

The whole thing confused a lot of people:

#sorryfeminists?" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23sorryfeminists">#sorryfeminists? What is this about? lololol

what is the #sorryfeminists" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23sorryfeminists">#sorryfeminists thing about because I WANT IN probably

So Twitter is really confused about what feminism actually is #sorryfeminists" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23sorryfeminists">#sorryfeminists

There’s also now a “Sorry Feminists” Tumblr, and it has some really good GIFs:

“Yeah, you can see my bra through my shirt. #sorryfeminists”

“I get paper. #sorryfeminists”

“Therapy. #sorryfeminists”

Update! Needleman responds:

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