Michelle Obama: Not Feminist Enough?

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I was not heretofore aware feminists were disappointed in [Michelle] Obama and how she chooses to live her life. I was not aware that Obama was not an activist. Now I know.

For Salon, our essays editor Roxane Gay takes on a Politico piece lambasting Michelle Obama for not being feminist enough.

Disappointment with Michelle Obama is not, Gay argues, the general feminist movement’s viewpoint. It’s a very particular viewpoint—and it has to do with race.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →