||[May. 26th, 2004|11:38 pm]
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"?
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.
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'.
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.
I refuse to let people take the meaning of the word feminism away from me.
:) Well said.
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
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?
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..