Spike.com's 'Top Seven Cutest Feminists': Good or bad for women?

It was only a matter of time before the Maxim method of ranking women would be applied to feminists. Spike.com, not as raunchy as Maxim, but similar in spirit, has ranked the Top Seven Cutest Feminists. This article actually has us torn. On one hand, we’re grossed out by yet another male-targeted article placing all a woman’s worth in her looks (sorry, Spike, we’re not buying your “in the spirit of things, we’ve ranked them based on ‘inner beauty’” disclaimer). But then again, we do like to advocate that feminist and sexy are not mutually exclusive — in fact, they go hand in hand.

Plus, this list does introduce some bona fide feminists –and a few questionable ones, more on that later — to a male audience perhaps otherwise oblivious to such things. Jennifer Baumgardner and Kat Banyard are on our rock-star list too. But porn star Nina Hartley? Um, no. There’s a line in feminism, and although it’s shifted drastically from the radical days to the current post-whatever movement, porn will never be feminist. Dumbing down feminist content for men so they can understand it is also pretty anti-feminist and also just lame. P.S. What is Nicole Kidman doing there with no explanation whatsoever? I sure would love to hear her feelings about feminism and plastic surgery, but alas, just a pretty picture. Sigh…

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called New York Sen. Kristen Gillibrand “the hottest member” of their branch of government. Though, as Politico reported, He also then discussed her knowledge of securities law as extremely deep, and suggested she was better on certain policy elements than other people, according to the sources.”

So is it okay for men to “compliment” women’s appearance and also still take them seriously? It’s a fine line.

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