LOS ANGELES, August 23, 2013 — Kimberley A. Johnson is the self-described, “Anti-Coulter.” She has written two non-fiction books, The Virgin Diaries and Ain’t No Sunshine: Men Reveal The Pain Of Heartbreak. She is also an activist for women’s rights. Kimberley took some time to discuss some of the issues facing women today as well as the various things on which she is currently working.
Kevin Wells: Why do you consider yourself the Anti-Coulter?
Kimberley A. Johnson: Because I believe my message is the exact opposite of hers. Some people like to say that I’m the liberal Ann Coulter, but I say no. There’s a difference. Her message is filled with hate speech and racism and she says things like, women should never have been able to vote. My message is, you know, I’m not hateful. I definitely am sarcastic and I can be snarky. I try to use humor to get my message across, but I don’t use hate to get my message across.
KW: So far you have written two books so far. I read that you were working on a third. Can you tell me about that?
KJ: It is a book on the importance of voting and feminism. I am writing it for women, although it doesn’t have to be for women, but I am sure that will be the main audience. I’m trying to take a different approach to books I’ve seen out there with similar content, in that I am utilizing some of my own experiences coming from a personal point of view. I’m incorporating some real stories from other people, men and women. Hopefully men because I am still waiting on their stories on why they think it’s important to vote or what the importance of feminism is. It’s not going to be textbook or preachy or anything like that. It’s just basically coming from my perspective and my experiences. For the 2012 election season, I was the spokeswoman for Rock The Slut Vote. That was my launch into activism and women’s rights.
KW: Are there plans for a similar voting campaign for the 2014 elections?
KJ: Not that I am aware of, I don’t have any plans. The Rock The Slut Vote was created by a woman named Susan Emry. She had started it for the 2012 election and then as soon as the election was over, she went back to her life and handed me the Facebook page. She was contributing money to other campaigns and to different women’s groups, but when I took it over, I’m just focusing on the activism and running the Facebook page. It’s not that I want to separate myself from that, but I am much more than that.
KW: Women’s rights issues seem to be in the news daily on a variety of topics, from legal abortion to equal pay. What do you see as the biggest issue right now facing women?
KJ: In real life circumstances we are seeing a rollback and erosion of reproductive rights and that’s something that affects people’s lives on a day to day basis. When you’re looking at states like Mississippi and Texas, the abortion legislation that’s been passed, or the anti-abortion legislation, either makes it more difficult to get an abortion because there are no available clinics or women have to deal with government mandated trans vaginal ultrasounds. That’s something that is very tangible. The issue that I am most passionate about and I am working very hard on is helping to get the ERA, Equal Rights Ammendment, ratified. Right now, there is new movement to do that, to remove the expiration deadline that was imposed by Congress in 1983. Even though the Equal Rights Ammendment has nothing to do with reproductive rights, once we get it ratified into the Constitution, it will be blanket protection, secured for women. It will be an overall message in this country that women are equal. AS it stands, women don’t have that protection. The way it would have anything to do with reproductive rights is men could get pregnant and only men were allowed to terminate their pregnancies and women weren’t. Reproductive issues are privacy issue. Equal rights are more about sexual discrimination and equal pay.
KW: What can women who live in those states, like Texas, do?
KJ: Everybody needs to vote. Everybody needs to inform themselves with who the candidates are , what their positions are, what their history is (It is a lot of work, I know, but [with] a little online research, you can figure that out), and protesting. What we saw happen with Wendy Davis was very exciting to me because it showed me women are waking up to what’s happening. They’re not taking this sitting down. They’re not just throwing their hands up in the air. Women who live in these counties and states need to contact their politicians and let them know they’re not happy and vote.
KW: Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you or anything you are working on?
KJ: I have a new venture that I haven’t really started yet. You can just say that I am going to be working on another compilation book that’s going to focus on the positives of feminism and keep it in a light-hearted venue. I see so much negativity thrown at the word, feminism. Unfortunately, that word still has to exist. Rather than focusing on the man-hating, hairy armpitted, harpy stereotypes, I would like to venture into the world of hey, women are just people. Women who identify as feminists are just everyday women. There’s always going to be an extreme side of the movement. The majority of feminists are not extreme. They’re just women that want equality. I will be working on that coming up soon. I write. I shoot off my mouth. People either like it or they don’t.
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