(Closed) Are you a feminist?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Are you a feminist?
    Yes : (111 votes)
    63 %
    No : (41 votes)
    23 %
    Yes, but... : (15 votes)
    9 %
    Unsure : (8 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 62
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    @SoupyCat: Being a feminist means you can choose to take whatever occupation/duties is out there, from CEO to Stay-At-Home Mom. What matters is the equality of opportunity.

    This is exactly how I feel, summed up succintly and well-written. Thank you!

    Post # 63
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    @s_h_e_l_b_s: Can I ask you to elaborate without starting an argument? I’m genuinely curious, from an academic perspective (I’m a graduate student and do a lot of research/work in women’s studies and gender studies).  Why don’t you respect the feminist movement? (I respect your opinion and am really interested in learning this side of the fence.)

    Post # 64
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    3798 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I am all for equality. yay.

    Post # 65
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    @ bookworm88: I do respect the feminist movement. That was why I said, its not because I don’t respect the feminist movement. As a graduate student myself I have a great deal of respect for any and all equal-right movements. I feel that those movements have shaped the world opening numerous opportunities for numerous groups of people. I, myself, feel that I have moved into a more humanist movement, where I basically feel like its a combination of all the movements fighting for equal rights for absolutely everyone no matter their gender, religion, race etc. I just feel that each movement is working towards the same goals – human rights – so I, myself, stand for a humanist movement – I am in it for everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ Why not learn from all the movements and put them into one larger movement that stands for every individual person!

    Post # 66
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    3218 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    @s_h_e_l_b_s: I’m sorry I completely misread!  I like your description of humanism, it makes a lot of sense to me.  I sometimes feel like some of the specific movements are aleinating to supporters or very focused on one particular group– though I also understand that it might be harder to pass laws or gain media attention/social recognition if groups weren’t as specific?

    Sorry again, I haven’t had my second cup of coffee yet this morning!

    Post # 67
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    5496 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Yes and a proud one at that! I wish more women appreciated what previous generations of women went through to get us to where we are today. (Voting, being not only accepted but encouraged to work in jobs other than nursing and teaching, treated like they were more than just cooks and housewives).

    Post # 68
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    @Sazerac:  Yes very good point — especially since the theoretical discussions are often so dense or building on other theories that it’s very difficult to summarize them accurately in an accessible way.  

    Post # 69
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @s_h_e_l_b_s:  so really you ARE a feminist, it’s just not the only “ism” you ascribe to, so you don’t like to use the term because it’s so exclusive, right?  i like this.  encompassing all the “isms” under humanism, so you don’t have to have a laundry list of them.  ๐Ÿ™‚

    ETA: even better, because right now i think the main human rights issue isn’t the division between races or sexes, but between classes.  it’s been a long time since so much was predetermined based on socioeconomic status.  from now on, i’m a humanist too.

    Post # 70
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    4689 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Yes period.

    Post # 71
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    1231 posts
    Bumble bee

    Yes, i enjoy being able to to do what I want, when I want, how I want without having to ask my Father/Brother/SO.  (no law breaking stuff though)

    I like that I was able to play many sports in high school without having to leave when the boys needed the field.

    I like that I was able to go to college and grad school.

    I like that I can go into a field that is predominately a male field.

    I like that I can have my own bank account with my own money.

    I like that I can buy a house and own land.

    I like that if I were to ever get divorced I can keep my stuff.

    I like that if a man calls me one of the numerous derragatory names that there are for women, I can tell him to f-off.

    I like that I have choices.

    I wonder why in our society calling a woman a bitch is acceptable but being called a feminist is this awful thing.

    Isn’t it crazy?

    Feminist means you have rights and you have choices.

    Being called a bitch is degrading and no I don’t think its ok.

    I don’t even call my dog that name.

    Post # 72
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    423 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Yes I am a feminist.  If forced, I would classify myself as a radical feminist, but I’m not quite there (yet?), as is evidenced by my presence on a wedding board!  My partner is feminist as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 73
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Hells yeah, I’m a feminist! And so is SO!

    Of course we believe men and women are equal! I wouldn’t be in a relationship with someone who didn’t view me as his equal. 

    I think the true definition of the word has unfortunately been lost to negative stereotypes… But you’re right about it’s real meaning.

    Post # 74
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    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Of course I am. 

    Do you believe in the equality of men and women? Do you believe that men and women are entitled to the same social, political, legal, and economic rights?

    If so, then you are a feminist. Period. End of story. 

    The question of whether or not men and women are exactly “the same,” the issue of whether you have chosen to work or stay home, as well as the reservation about how some radical feminists may choose to express their beliefs, etc. etc. – all of that is irrelevant here. It doens’t make you any more or less of a feminist. 

    I don’t know a single person in my life who is not a feminist. I am grateful for that.

    Post # 76
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    335 posts
    Helper bee

    @MissCallieJean: i love this post! there are so many derogatory terms for women in the english language in comparison to men. often to insult men, people will go with insulting their mother’s instead. using bitch to describe a human woman, to me, is hitting below the belt.

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