Most people will know me as the feminazi lawyer. The Daily Mail labelled me a feminazi after I had the temerity to challenge sexism, a crime that apparently justifies invoking the terminology of national socialism. It is rather fitting that the term has gained traction among the rightwing media, as it was popularised by right-leaning polemicist Rush Limbaugh in the 1990s (although he credits economics professor Thomas Hazlett for coining the term).
Feminazi is not an innocuous insult. According to Limbaugh a feminazi is “a feminist to whom the important thing in life is ensuring that as many abortions as possible occur”. In comparing feminists to the Nazis, Limbaugh is cynically deploying iconography of the most odious kind.
One of the joys of watching this go on is that the only people who can afford to do the occasional Guardian piece (CiF pays £85) while studying for their PhD are birds being supported by their hedge fund boyfriends.