We never thought that the Twitter feed for a dictionary would become the voice of reason, but it seems that Merriam-Webster shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to staying woke.
We already knew that Merriam-Webster’s Twitter account was full of amazing burns, but in recent months the dictionary’s account has become a go-to place for reminders about inclusivity and diversity, whether that’s adding the term “genderqueer” to the dictionary, or standing up for LGBTQ rights. What’s more, they have also been throwing subtle shade at the current administration and its apparent lack of literacy, sharing hilarious tweets with words that have either been mispronounced or made up.
People keep— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 25, 2016
1) saying they don't know what 'genderqueer' means
2) asking why we added it to the dictionary pic.twitter.com/wsGZ7Y6XB8
In fact, Merriam-Webster has just responded to comments made by Kellyanne Conway about feminism, and it’s totally epic.
The move comes after Kellyanne Conway, who is one of President Trump’s chief advisors, appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference where she spoke about her new breed of “conservative feminism.”
Conway said that she was reticent to call herself “a feminist in the classic sense because it seems to be very anti-male, and it certainly is very pro-abortion, in this context, and I’m neither anti-male or pro-abortion.”
She then added her own alternative definition, saying: “There’s an individual feminism, if you will, that you make your own choices…I look at myself as a product of my choices, not a victim of my circumstances. That’s really to me what conservative feminism, if you will, is all about.”
Conway’s comments came after she was quizzed about the Women’s March, in which millions of women (and others) marched around the world in protection of women’s rights, with her postulating that the marches were really a response to society “constantly talking about what women look like, or what they wear, or making fun of their choices, or presuming that they are not as powerful as the men around.”
“[The]presumptive negativity about women and power I think is very unfortunate because let’s just try to access that and have a conversation about it rather than a confrontation about it,” she said.
“‘Feminism’ is defined as ‘the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities,'” they wrote on Twitter.
'Feminism' is defined as "the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities." https://t.co/Zjf7CAPUjL— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) February 23, 2017