"Classic" Terminology That Needs to Die
Please read the following. It will take you all of two minutes:
[Note: As of Feb. 2011, the originally-posted link is found to be dead.]
I have little to add, other than remark that the word mangina has popped up on the radar screen of none other than Jessica Valenti — who is both the publisher of Feministing.com, and a feminist birdbrain extraordinaire! And I mean that almost literally: Jessica's manner of expression puts me very much in mind of a twittering sparrow or a chattering rodent, and packs a comparable volume of substance. As for Jessi herself, she radiates all the spirituality and depth of soul you'd expect of any decent street puddle—and my assessment is subject to revision pending further wisdom from Mizzz Valenti. But I'm not holding my breath.
Anyhow, I once had a couple of hours to kill in a public library, and Jessica's book Full Frontal Feminism came to hand, so I read the thing pretty near cover-to-cover. (It's featherweight stuff meant for featherweight people, which is why I got through it so fast.)
And wouldn't you know it, the word mangina appeared! But Jessica Valenti had ZERO idea what the word really means. For although the word is vastly more political than sexual, the political nuance was lost upon her; she decreed that it meant "sissy" or some such, which is at best a remote approximation of what it means! But then Jessica has a masters degree in women's studies, and as our linked author informs us: "Once those who are not intellectually elite get ahold of it, its meaning will be skewed".
I would seriously recommend that we adopt, in place of mangina, the word COLLABORATIONIST. There is no way in hell to miss the political nuance in a word like that! Really now, if we intend to be taken seriously, then we must use serious words. And collaborationist is a deadly serious word indeed, a word that offers no semantic grappling points to our enemies. For the meaning of such terminology cannot, willfully or otherwise, be wrongly imputed; it is a word that means business, a word that comes down with ominous reverberation like a fist upon a tabletop, a word that makes morons gulp and sit up straight!
Toss mangina in the dustbin. I'm serious. We need to lose that word!