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‘Equalism’

A year after controversial comments, Miss USA says she still shuns the term ‘feminist’

By WITW Staff on May 10, 2018

Reigning Miss USA Kara McCullough, who during the 2017 Miss USA pageant courted controversy by saying that she considered herself an “equalist” rather than a feminist, says that if asked again she would still answer the same way. In her 2017 response, the 26-year-old nuclear chemist said that “as a woman scientist in the government, I’d like to lately transpose the word feminism to equalism,” before adding, “I try not to consider myself this die-hard, like, I don’t really care about men — but one thing I really want to say is women, we are just as equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace.”

At the time, McCullough received accolades from conservatives who approved of her apparent perception of feminists as anti-men, even while feminists online pointed out that feminism wasn’t about crushing men but, rather, about creating equal rights and opportunities for women. In an appearance at BUILD Series a year later, McCullough credited her answer with “[opening] up healthy discussions and dialogues.”

“One thing I will say I’ve learned throughout my reign as Miss USA is you always have to stand behind what you say. So, to answer your question, yes, I would still answer that the same,” said McCullough. “I’m always here to support women … If we’re all thinking the same, there’s a problem.”

Watch video of McCullough’s interview with BUILD below.

Read the full story at Yahoo News.

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