So, are you a Feminist?

@saralee1 (1983)
United States
February 13, 2007 5:13pm CST
I had to really look at this word, mainly because it has been used so derogatory over the years. I had come to label Feminist the same as Lesbian. Actually, that is a really bad term! of course, Lesbians can be Feminist, but not all Feminists are Lesbians! From what a Feminist told me, it is simply equal rights as men. And I am all for that! It is a big deal where I Live, in the heart of Mormonville. I have been discriminated against in the workplace, because of my gender, I kid you not! Too bad they do not take equal rights here seriously. But all across the country, Powerful women are making progress in the equality in the workforce! unfortunately, where I am today, it is severely limited. (unless they cannot get anyone else). What are your views on feminism?
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@misskatonic (3726)
• United States
13 Feb 07
Feminism is a word that so few people truly understand the meaning of the word. It really does mean nothing more than equal rights for both men and women. The foundations of feminism are nothing more than that. I am a feminist, in the purest sense of the word. I don't believe in making distinctions between the genders when it comes to politics, career advancement or civil liberties.
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@clownfish (3276)
• United States
13 Feb 07
Hi! I don't think anyone could improve on that, MissK! Excellent! Feminists are also not what Rush Lamebaugh and his ditto-lameheads would call "feminazis." Rush and his kind just don't like women who can think for themselves and are intelligent enough to know when they are getting treated badly! :-)
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@saralee1 (1983)
• United States
13 Feb 07
Well, I am a Feminist too then! (stands proudly!) so, the next time someone says, "you aren't one of those Feminists, are you?" I am gonna say, "hell ya! wanna piece of me?" OMG! this is too empowering! thank you thank you!
@hariharbhat (1312)
• India
14 Feb 07
Male and Female are two unique existences in this world.The two have it's own characteristics and utilities.One cannot replace the other.The life is beautiful if the they are supplimentary to eachother. But these days they are seen as competitors in quality and utility aspect in life. The suplimentary characteristic is slowly changing into complementary characteristic. Once they start to imitate the other or to replace the other,it looses it's quality and slowly generation by generation it would totally transform into the other.That is why we see these days some different species other than masculine and feminine in the society as the procees of the transformation I have told,is in process. What do you say my friend ? Do you agree with me ?
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• Canada
14 Feb 07
With all due respect, I don't quite get your point. I agree with you, that males and females have unique characteristics, but the discussion centers on feminism and what it is. Basically, feminism demands equal rights for women in politics, the courts, civil rights, and in employment. A female engineer, for example, who had the same training at the same high quality university and does the same job as a male engineer, should get the same salary in a just society. Since no society is always just, feminists fight for better justice.
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@saralee1 (1983)
• United States
15 Feb 07
Hmmm, I had to think of this one for a minute. But I have to say, even though there are distinct differences between the sexes, Women have to be on equal grounds with men, not as men! My dear friend, of course I understand your views! However, doesn't a woman have the right to feed her Children, just as a man does? If Man totally lived up to his responsibility, in a perfect world, maybe feminism wouldn't even have a place, and Men could just be Men, and Women could just be Women. However, I must also add, that certain Women bring a balance that is much needed in a still dominant male society. Increasingly, Women are as concerned with Politics, Math, Science, Philosophies and other interesting things just as men are. Women, I believe in my pointof view, bring a much needed Humanity type approach needed in the world today that has slowly been ungeneralized over the times of Man. With both aspects in the Masculine and the Feminine, maybe in time Peace can happen.
@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
14 Feb 07
Yes I am a feminist. This movement started in the 60ties when men and women were not paid equally for the same jobs. I was young at the time and I always said that I could open my own car door,thank you very much, but I wanted the same pay as my male colleagues, which did not happen until much later. I will be forever grateful to leaders of the movement such as Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan. There was a radical fringe of man haters but there is a radical fringe in every movement. The aim of feminism is to demand equal rights for both genders and equal pay for equal work, if the incumbents have the same qualifications. Fortunately, in my case I obtained this when I was older, but a friend of mine who is ten years older than I worked for a company where only men could contribute to the pension plan. She is now old and alone and has to make ends meet on a very small income. Some people put up a smoke screen and label feminists as Lesbians or worse because they do not want to grant equal rights to women. Keep up the good fight!
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@saralee1 (1983)
• United States
14 Feb 07
Well, the funny thing is, at 34, you would think that I would have looked this up at some point! I just can't wait to see my husband's expression when I tell him, hey hun! I am a Feminist, and Feminist's ROCK! better yet, when people ask me my religion, I am going to say, FEMINIST. just because!(I hate it when people ask) I like shocked faces.
@nishanity (1651)
• India
14 Feb 07
noi am not a feminist... most femists i knwo think women are superior to men!! i dont agree with tht concept at all! i think women and men are equal! no one is superior and no one is inferior!