Blend of feminist + Nazi, popularized by politically conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh, who credited his friend Tom Hazlett, a professor of law and economics at George Mason University, with coining the term.
feminazi (plural feminazis)
- (US, derogatory) A radical or militant feminist who is intolerant of opposing views.
- For usage examples of this term, see Citations:feminazi.
See the usage notes about Nazi.
Limbaugh defined the term as "a feminist to whom the most important thing in life is ensuring that as many abortions as possible occur," adding that "[t]here are fewer than twenty-five known Feminazis in the United States." However, in practice he and others use the term in a much wider context.
- femifascist (rare)
1987 December 1, Hazlett, Thomas Winslow, “H.L. Mencken: The Soul Behind the Sass”, in Reason:
- We could really use him now, what with Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, Tip O'Neill and Jerry Falwell, Gary Hart and Donna Rice, the Moonies, the feminazis, the Naderite crusaders, and the television evangelists.
1992, Rush H. Limbaugh, III, The Way Things Ought to Be, New York: Pocket Books, ISBN 9780671751456, OL 1724938M, page 193:
- Tom Hazlett, a good friend who is an esteemed and highly regarded professor of economics at the University of California at Davis, coined the term to describe any female who is intolerant of any point of view that challenges militant feminism.
1992, Rush H. Limbaugh, III, “The Limbaugh Lexicon”, in The Way Things Ought to Be, New York: Pocket Books, ISBN 9780671751456, OL 1724938M, page 296:
- Feminazi: Widely misunderstood by most to simply mean “feminist.” Not so, boobala. A Feminazi is a feminist to whom the most important thing in life is ensuring that as many abortions as possible occur. There are fewer than twenty-five known Feminazis in the United States.
- ^ Britt Gillette (2005) The Dittohead's Guide to Adult Beverages, Regnery Publishing, page xii
2011 March 1, Wilson, John K., “Bitches, Butt Boys, and Feminazis: Limbaugh’s Sexism and Homophobia”, in The Most Dangerous Man in America: Rush Limbaugh’s Assault on Reason, Macmillan, ISBN 9780312612146, OL 24385112M, page 56:
- When asked in 1995 about the term “feminazi,” he declared: “It’s the way I look at the feminist movement.” Limbaugh referred to the National Center for Women and Policing and the Feminist Majority Foundation as “feminazis.” So it’s not just twenty-five individuals, but every single feminist organization, its leaders, and millions upon millions of Americans with the same views whom Limbaugh compares to Nazis.