The Top Five Dissident Feminists

Though I wouldn’t describe myself as a “dissident feminist”, I have certainly found the work of these self-described “dissident feminists” and critics of feminism to be very insightful and informative.

Though each has a specific critique of modern feminism, some have chosen to remain within the movement, which they have attempted to reform and reclaim.

Camille Paglia: “Feminism is Moribund”

In this short video interview, art critic and provocateur, Camille Paglia, criticises the feminist movement for its lack of understanding of the biological differences between men and women, which has led to enormous confusion as to why the sexes diverge in their career and lifestyle choices. This is often erroneously blamed on “institutional sexism”. 

Daniella Crittenden: “What Our Mothers Didn’t Tell Us”

This is a brilliant interview with the writer Daniella Crittenden who discusses how the practicalities of balancing motherhood with career is a subject area which has been badly neglected by modern feminism.

Christina Hoff Sommers: “How Feminism Went Awry”

The “Factual Feminist” Christina Hoff Sommers offers a comprehensive analysis of how the feminist movement became hijacked by radicals who diverged sharply from the Enlightenment goals of equality between the sexes, and submerged themselves in the murk of identity politics and grievance feminism.

Warren Farrell: Myths About Men And Male Power

Warren Farrell isn’t a dissident feminist, but he did break significantly with the movement.

He was a prominent member of the second-wave feminist movement in the 1970s, but became disillusioned with how men were being misrepresented. As a consequence, Farrell then dedicated himself to campaigning for “men’s rights” and also wrote a series of novels which critically analysed what he called “the myths about men and male power”.


Cathy Young: “A compliment isn’t misogyny.”

Journalist and dissident feminist Cathy Young has become a leading voice of the movement. She maintains an active presence on social media where she offers comment on the topical issues of the day. She often points out how trivial and mired in victimhood, feminism has become.






Candice Holdsworth

Candice Holdsworth is the founder and editor of Imagine Athena. It is mythologised that she sprang fully formed from its pages. Candice has an MSc in Political Philosophy from the London School of Economics, and thus can be most commonly found discussing ideas and culture. Her writing can also be found on Thought Leader and On Netflix Now. Follow her on Twitter @CandiceCarrie and Instagram @candicecholdsworth