Do You Consider Yourself A Feminist?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do You Consider Yourself A Feminist?
    Yep, I'm a Feminist : (228 votes)
    51 %
    I believe in equal rights and all, but I don't like the label. : (136 votes)
    30 %
    Not really. : (41 votes)
    9 %
    Not at all : (44 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    900 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I’m still confused as to what the true definition of “Feminist” is.

    I say not really. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    9949 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @FleeSircus:  A feminist is anyone who believes in equality for women.  From the dictionary on my computer: 

    Feminism: the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

    Post # 5
    Member
    4760 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @FleeSircus:   the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes

    Post # 6
    Member
    1582 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I am, yes, though I act in a broader spectrum than the definition that peachacid provided; I believe in equality for all genders, including men. 

    I’m a little anxious about this thread, though. The last time that I remember a thread like this, it didn’t go very well. Sigh.

    Post # 8
    Member
    3876 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I can’t imagine not being a feminist – of course I believe that all people should have equal rights and treatment under the law, regardless of gender.

    It drives me crazy when people equate feminism with man-hating or similar sentiments. That’s not what it means at all! 

     

    Post # 9
    Member
    9949 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @MrsRevolutionize:  But I think the word feminism has to be tied to women.  There is another word for what you mean, isn’t there?  Just linguistically speaking…

    Post # 10
    Member
    900 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @peachacid:  

    @jilleeann:  

    Ok – yes – I believe in equality for women.   But I think some of my beliefs would ruffle some feathers and others would beg to differ.  So actually…I’m still not sure.

    Post # 11
    Member
    2576 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @LadyBear:  +1

    This. I will never understand women who don’t believe in feminism. I really hope it’s b/c they have been misinformed and assume it means “man-hating/superiority.” Those who have fought for our rights in history would be rolling over in their graves otherwise.

    Post # 12
    Member
    2687 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

    @SoobySays:  I am not. I could be a little jaded by the “feminists” that I’m surrounded by on campus, but I find the whole thing to be terribly annoying. I understand that everyone is different, and not all feminists subscribe to the stereotypical “feminist” personality, but the ones that do (again, like the ones I’m surrounded by), I can’t even handle. It drives me insane, and if I see or hear the word “feminist” I usually turn the other way as quickly as possible. 

     

    Just fyi, I obviously believe in equality for men and women (what woman wouldn’t?), but I won’t ever associate myself with the whole culture of it. 

    Post # 13
    Member
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    The theory yes, the label no.  My husband likes the label of feminist and he is much more radical in his arguments than I am.

    Post # 14
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    1582 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @peachacid: While I agree that the word “feminism” is tied to women, I would argue that currently the ideology and practice of Feminism has shifted, or has begun to shift, to recognize that any gender issue isn’t one-sided–as in, gendered representations of women can’t exist without gendered representations of men. Therefore, the job of any good feminist is to also examine how modern concepts of gender affect humanity at large, including those who identify as male, as well as anyone else.

    But I do get what you mean! I think it’s super important to recognize, too, that “feminism” is really a catch-all term for a lot of different paradigms of thought (which is why things like second-, third-, and post-feminism exist, in academic terms at least).

    Post # 15
    Member
    9949 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @MrsNewDay:  Have you read the Lovely Bones, where Susie watches her family from heaven?  I wish that were what happened when we die so, like, Susan B. Anthony could have seen women get the right to vote.  But at the same time, if that were what happens, she would be pulling her hair out at women today!!

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