‘Feminazi’ is definitely one of my least favourite portmanteaus ever. Did you know it was popularised by Rush Limbaugh?
”In his 1992 book The Way Things Ought to Be, Limbaugh credited his friend Tom Hazlett, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, with coining the term. In the book, Limbaugh also stated that the word refers to unspecified women whose goal is to allow as many abortions as possible, saying at one point that there were fewer than 25 “true feminazis” in the U.S. Limbaugh has used the term to refer to members of the National Center for Women and Policing, the Feminist Majority Foundation, the National Organization for Women, and other organizations at the March for Women’s Lives, a large pro-choice demonstration.”
“In a 1996 interview, Gloria Steinem criticized Limbaugh’s use of the term feminazi. According to Steinem, “Hitler came to power against the strong feminist movement in Germany, padlocked the family planning clinics, and declared abortion a crime against the state—all views that more closely resemble Rush Limbaugh’s.” In her book Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Steinem characterised the term as “cruel and ahistorical”, and elaborated on the repression of feminism under Hitler, noting that many prominent German feminists like Helene Stöcker, Trude Weiss-Rosmarin and Clara Zetkin were forced to flee Nazi Germany while others were killed in concentration camps.
Memorise this shit and throw it in the face of the next person who calls you a feminazi.
Or, that important slice of history that is never taught because it tells the violence against women.