A recent Huffington Post piece called "The 3-Letter Word That Cuts Women Down Every Day" by Cameron Schaeffer is calling on men and women to purge the adverb “too” from their vocabulary. Schaeffer posits that use of the adverb promotes the pretense that women are never good enough; they are either “too” this or “too” that.
The war on “too” became a sad addition to the modern feminist platform ever since Schaeffer innocently texted a friend a question about cutting her hair. Her friend replied, "Well, you don't want it to be too short or too long." This triggered an “epiphany” for the “social justice warrior.”
If only her friend had just told her to “chop it,” too—er, as well. Then the world might be spared from this feminist’s epiphany.
No such luck.
Reflecting on the response from her friend and the everyday "struggles" modern western women face today, Schaeffer said, “There is no proper way for a woman to cut her hair, let alone do anything right in this world. There seems to be an unobtainable one-millimeter-wide mark of perfection, and none of us can reach it. Everything is too this or too that.”
One wonders how the woman about to be “honor” killed feels about this “too” business.
Schaeffer continues to provide more evidence for this professed inequality as she recounts her experience as a camp counselor. She remembers feeling “too thin” when she arrived at camp, but then felt “too plump” by the time she left. To her surprise, she was the same weight when she left as when she arrived. Naturally, Schaeffer chalks up her low self-esteem and insecurity to the word “too.”
Pondering about how men are being impacted by the word “too”? They aren’t! Per Schaeffer, people don’t describe men using the word “too."
“In my experience, I rarely hear too thrown around about men. You hear someone say, ‘He's short,’ but you seldom hear ‘too short.’" said Schaeffer.
Hmm. In reality, many men have been described by women as too poor, too ugly, too fat or too nice.
"In my experience, I rarely hear too thrown around about men."
Schaeffer claims the solution to this feeling of inadequacy is to ban the word “too” altogether:
So what can we do? Well, there are an avalanche of issues women face -- from rape to pay inequality to the defunding of Planned Parenthood. I would love to wake up tomorrow morning and see a completely egalitarian world outside, but I am not naive. Women are still objects to a disturbingly large number of people. If society continues on in this way, women will always be unfairly judged. But there are small and achievable steps we can take. We should call on both genders to cut the word too from their vocabulary when discussing women.
Schaeffer ends with an illustration on how to combat this dreadful word with a politically-correct-hypersensitive-line: “If someone calls you too bitchy, for example, do not be afraid to remind them that you're not too bitchy, you're the right amount of assertive and empowered.”
The “right amount of assertive and empowered.” You can’t make that up.
Absurd feminist-antics like this have been proffered before: shaving your armpits, wearing tampons, and covering your nipples, all of which have been deemed “oppressive” by feminists. In reality, these same antics slowly chip away at any credibility modern-day feminists have left.
What we have here is the exact opposite of feminism. Banning the word “too” because women are too fragile and too weak to handle it is ridiculous and anti-feminist.
H/t Katherine Timpf