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Hm. [May. 26th, 2004|11:38 pm]


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Maybe it's just me, but I haven't seen any new posts in this community for a bit? [or they're just being crowded out by my other friends..?]

my friend asked me the other day why I call myself a feminist. "I mean.. aren't there a lot of bad things that go with it? Why not just say I'm for equal rights? That's what I say." And I thought about a little, and how last year I was a little hesitant to call myself a feminist - not because of the bra burning, or whatever other myths are associated with being a feminist.. but instead, that I was afraid to be a feminist and accidentally say something that might not represent everyone's views [everyone being all those in the movement, or who consider themselves feminists]. And another friend brought up the issue of "what about guys? They can't call themselves.. feminists! I mean.. it has the word.. FEMININE built into it!" To which I replied, "there was a judge at the Wake Forest Tournament [for debate] who proudly called himself a feminist. Being a feminist does not mean you have to be a femme[woman]."

Well. I guess that whole anecdote was rather pointless. So I was just wondering, and maybe this is much too common a question.. but what do you think of / see / imagine when you hear the word "feminism"?

[User Picture]From: this_marionette
2004-05-27 05:35 am (UTC)
There's no image that really springs to my mind, it just makes me happy. I mean, people identifying as feminists makes me happy. When people start to bitch about 'feminazis' I usually just tune out.
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[User Picture]From: untergehen
2004-05-27 05:42 am (UTC)
Hmm. Generally I hear it being used in a degrading manner or with some sort of 'pfft' not far behind so usually I'm always thinking 'if only they understood'.
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[User Picture]From: humynbeing
2004-05-27 04:33 pm (UTC)
Lately the word "feminism" triggers memories for me of the March for Women's Lives--thousands of people acting to advance a cause relating to women.

I won't say that I'm for equal rights in place of saying I'm a feminist, because equal rights isn't all I want. I want an end to the violence against women, I want equal respect for women, and end to the double standard... I want many things which may not fall into the category of "equal rights".

I don't see any reason NOT to use the word feminist. Some people have attached a negative connotation to it, but if we choose another word, there'll probably just be other stereotypes attached to it. I refuse to let people take the meaning of the word feminism away from me.
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[User Picture]From: this_marionette
2004-05-27 06:23 pm (UTC)
I refuse to let people take the meaning of the word feminism away from me.

:) Well said.
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[User Picture]From: aquatang
2004-05-28 07:20 pm (UTC)
word =]
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From: blackdepth
2004-06-01 05:15 am (UTC)
Well, I don't associate feminism with bra burning. I associate it with strength, women standing up for themselves....and the male feminists as supporters. I don't think women need to be more like men to beequal to them, and we don't have to be as strong but we should be given the same opportunities.
Whenever I make a femminist remark I usually get the responce that I can open the door for myself....I don't think men oppening a door is a problem, it is just manners. So my point is I think poeple over react to the word
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[User Picture]From: honeynutchexmix
2004-08-06 07:39 pm (UTC)
I know alot of girls who'll ay things like "I'm for women's rights, but I'm not a FEMINIST." and it's not because they think feminism has negative connotations, it's because they don't know what the word feminst means. They think that in order to be a feminist, you have to be a bra-burning, man hating psyco.

I, of course, disagree. But it's hard to tell people otherwise when so many people have a negative stereotype about feminists.

On an unrelated note: I went to the Wake Forest Tournament for LD. What judge are you talking about?
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[User Picture]From: aquatang
2004-08-07 06:07 pm (UTC)
Yay for someone who isn't afraid to use feminist to describe themselves! And yeah, I know the girls who want to call themselves equalists.. [there's a discussion about this somewhere in the feminism4life comm I think..]

I went to Wake Forest .. 2 years ago? for policy.. so I'm not sure if you would've had this judge.. and of course me being the brilliant one I am, can barely remember anything.. I believe his name was Prince? My memory's terrible..
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