(Closed) Do You Consider Yourself A Feminist?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
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    Yep, I'm a Feminist

    I believe in equal rights and all, but I don't like the label.

    Not really.

    Not at all

  • Post # 47
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    Bee Keeper

    Yes, of course.

    Since there is some confusion over the term, I often clarify that it means the same thing as “anti-sexist” to me. And I’m anti-racist as well.

     

    Post # 48
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I love this:

    “We need to reclaim the word ‘feminism’. We need the word ‘feminism’ back real bad. When statistics come in saying that only 29% of American women would describe themselves as feminist – and only 42% of British women – I used to think, What do you think feminism IS, ladies? What part of ‘liberation for women’ is not for you? Is it freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry? The campaign for equal pay? ‘Vogue’ by Madonna? Jeans? Did all that good shit GET ON YOUR NERVES? Or were you just DRUNK AT THE TIME OF THE SURVEY?” 
    ― Caitlin MoranHow to Be a Woman

    And I will leave this thread with this:

    “These days, however, I am much calmer – since I realised that it’s technically impossible for a woman to argue against feminism. Without feminism, you wouldn’t be allowed to have a debate on women’s place in society. You’d be too busy giving birth on the kitchen floor – biting down on a wooden spoon, so as not to disturb the men’s card game – before going back to quick-liming the dunny. This is why those female columnists in the Daily Mail – giving daily wail against feminism – amuse me. They paid you £1,600 for that, dear, I think. And I bet it’s going in your bank account, and not your husband’s. The more women argue loudly, against feminism, the more they both prove it exists and that they enjoy its hard-won privileges.” 
    ― Caitlin MoranHow to Be a Woman

    Post # 49
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    Yes I absolutely would consider myself to believe in women having equal rights….  but I also believe that men and women are wired differently and therefore treat each other differently and have different needs, and I enjoy the ‘traditional’ roles that men and women have.  What I don’t like is when a certain sex is paid more, promoted higher, thought better of, treated better, or given preference over the other.  That’s just not equality

    Post # 50
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    Helper bee

    Yup, I’m an ardent 3rd wave feminist.

    Post # 51
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

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    @Pinkmoon:  I agree with this.

    Post # 52
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    Helper bee

    Interesting topic, thanks for starting it.

    I used to describe myself as a feminist but now I don’t. Actually it was my boyfriend who changed my mind – how classically anti-feminist right? 😉

    I’m in favor of equality. When it comes to race, that makes me an anti-racist… not a nonwhite-ist or something. So when it comes to gender, the term feminist seems incorrect. I am against sexism of any kind, I’m not just in favor of females or femininity. In fact I don’t even believe in femininity by most definitions.

    I hold very radical positions on equality of the sexes. It’s part of my daily life and how I evaluate and interact with people. It’s at least as big a deal to me as it is to most people who describe themselves as feminists.

    Post # 53
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

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    @BrandNewBride:  Because believing in equal rights is JUST EXACTLY THE SAME as invading Poland.

    You don’t have to describe yourself as a feminist, but perpetuating that ugly term does women no favors at all. (feminazi, that is)

    Post # 54
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

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    @mrspinesol:   this. I defriend people who are so im-your-face feminist that you can’t have a normal conversation with them.

    Post # 55
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    Busy bee

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    @runningcali:  @mrspinesol:   “this. I defriend people who are so im-your-face feminist that you can’t have a normal conversation with them.”

    I defriend people who are so ‘in your face’ *anything* that you can’t have a conversation with them. That’s a problem that is hardly unique to feminism.

    Post # 56
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Sure do.  It’s very sad that such a stigma still exists surrounding the word “feminist.”   

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    @fancymichelle:  This.  +1000

    Post # 57
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

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    @kenziemt:  Love Caitlin Moran! Excellent quotes. 

    Post # 58
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

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    @Sephiroth:   I don’t see anything in my post insinuating that it is. However, it is one of the more obnoxious subcultures and one that I have a lower tolerance for than most.

    Post # 60
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’m writing this with hesitation.. because I know people are going to disagree with me.

    I hold some beliefs that some people view as anti-feminist. For example I am 100% pro-life (meaning anti-abortion, anti-death penalty, anti-euthanasia) because of this, most people say I cannot be a feminist.

    I am 100% for women pursuing whatever career they want, getting equal pay, being the breadwinner if the situation is right. Shit, before I left the military (due to me not wanting to make a career out of it) and I had a hard time finding a job in my field (engineering) the plan was for my HUSBAND to stay at home and take care of the kids. He was going to be a stay at home dad. However, situations and circumstances change, and we decided the best thing was for me to be the stay at home mom…

    ugh the stay at home mom, I guess that’s just another point against me from the feminists. So yea these are the reasons I don’t label myself as a feminist. I am anti-sexism. And unfortunately the feminist movement has had a lot of bad publicity in making women feel bad about their opinions (not very feminist then I guess). I’ve had ‘feminists’ say some not so nice things to me. But, I don’t really care.

    Post # 61
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

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    @Woodstock:   also, this. Pro-life beliefs get some nasty remarks from self-identified feminists.

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