Joss Whedon gave a talk at a benefit dinner about gender equality. In his normally smart and astute way, he discussed the word feminist, it’s meanings, and why we perhaps need a new term. This Jezebel article gives most of the transcript, but it’s definitely worth while to watch the whole video. Whedon, as a writer first and foremost, brings his love of language to his understanding of equality and why words and how we use words matter. Power of the pen indeed. I love his parting line: “Is this idea of genderist going to do something?” Whedon asked at the end. “I don’t know. I don’t think that I can change the world. I just want to punch it up a little.” Imagine if we all try to punch it up a little what change we can cause.