Interestingly, that wasn’t the nature of our conversation at all. Not in the slightest. I am not sure what the difference is, but the formal interview I had with her didn’t reflect anything like this. While it is invariably true that all public figures are multifaceted- as are you, as I am, as are we all- it would also easily be argued that there are certain aspects of feminism she may not be comfortable with. Feminism is a massive, broad, huge concept encompassing just about every aspect of life from politics to child birth to equal pay. So to simply say she doesn’t support feminism is just a little, well, short sighted. More fairly, it would serve, if you wish to offer an argument, to give specific examples of precisely what you mean. Many of us call ourselves feminists but also don’t agree with certain aspects of what others refer to as feminism. So unless and until you can add considerable clarity to your argument, it sounds more as though you don’t care for her personally, rather than you have an issue with a stance she happens to take. I don’t argue your right to see her your way, but if you can’t make a case for what you say by citing a) what you mean by feminism, which could be massively different in Mongolia than in other countries, and b) specifically what has she said and done to give you this view?

There are some very frightening aspects of UB which would give anyone pause, and among those trends are the wholesale acceptance of Western beauty standards which have nothing to do with Mongolian women. The drive to be skinny, look Western and be Western is at odds with Mongolian culture. That’s not feminism. That’s. Just. Stupid. And it’s also how people develop eating disorders and a great many other issues driven by impossible beauty standards.

So kindly, clarify.

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