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Do you consider yourself a feminist?

Asked by MyNewtBoobs (18970 points ) March 22nd, 2011

I’m mostly asking the ladies, but the men are free to answer as well.

If not, why not? (Not because I’m trying to persuade people who aren’t, but because I’m already familiar with the “why I am” argument)

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SeaTurtle's avatar

Not at all!
I’m all for Equal RIghts to ALL, right across the board but when groups go too far and become over zealous in fighting for equality it too often leads to reverse sexism/racism or religious intolerance etc.
I equate the word feminist to be no better than racist;zionist or fascist.

Nullo's avatar

Yeah, kinda. I do not, however, think that men = women. Maybe men ⇔ women?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Nullo Men kiss women?

Nullo's avatar

@MyNewtBoobs If that’s what’s showing up on your screen, you may need to invest in a better browser. o_0
Wikipedia told me that one could use that symbol to indicate equivalence.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Nullo Can you post a larger, more detailed version of this symbol? No matter how much I enlarge it, it still looks like lips.

SeaTurtle's avatar

⇔ means not greater and not less than

augustlan's avatar

Ish. In that I fully believe in equal rights for everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, etc. It wouldn’t be the first thing to pop into my head if asked to describe myself, but it’s definitely a part of who I am, you know?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@augustlan I get that. It’s sorta like how if someone asked me if I was a Pop Rocks enthusiast, I’d probably say yes – but I’d never describe myself that way on a website profile.

roundsquare's avatar

Sure, insofar as it means give women the same chances as men. But, as stated above, men and women are not the same.

Also, I don’t think that symbol means “not greater and not less than.” I though it was “if and only if.” I think you want <>

Bellatrix's avatar

Yes I am a feminist.

DesireeCassandra's avatar

I am a feminist!

mattbrowne's avatar

Of course. Until we close the gender wage gap. In every country on Earth.

Brian1946's avatar

I do, especially when I consider how women are sometimes treated on a global scale.

In the US, I’d say that feminist organizations are in the forefront to protect women’s reproductive and other rights.

rooeytoo's avatar

Dictionary.com defines feminist as
“1. the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.
2. ( sometimes initial capital letter ) an organized movement for the attainment of such rights for women. ”

Using that definition, yes I am. What I am not for are some demands made by womens groups that want special treatment for females only, such as maternity leave paid by employers or taxpayers, mothers rooms, etc. These are not equal opportunities they are special demands that make real equality harder for women who want only that, to attain.

bunnygrl's avatar

I’m a humanist. PEOPLE should be treated equally well, no matter what their gender, sexual orientation or skin colour. It would be soooooooo good if I could live long enough to see this but “interest groups” all try to out yell each other, to grab headlines for their cause, instead of stepping back, just for a minute and looking at the bigger picture. This is a little planet with lots of people on it. Wouldn’t it be lovely if everyone looked after everyone else? Much as I desperately want this to happen, I’d also love the suffering of innocent animals to stop. Like I said, much as I’d love to, I just can’t see this happening within my lifetime :-(
hugs honeys xx

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@rooeytoo But isn’t that true of all movements? I think all of us would be hardpressed to find a movement that we believe in that didn’t occasionally go down a path we disagreed with, that didn’t have a few nutjobs or radicals, or didn’t ever make demands we weren’t on board with.

Supacase's avatar

I agree in equality between men and women and will work toward it, but I tend to distance myself from that label due to some over-the-top behavior of people who use it.

wundayatta's avatar

I’ve been a feminist since college. At one time I was actively working to get the ERA amendment passed.

Seelix's avatar

I’m a feminist. But one must keep in mind that there’s a wide gap between feminists and man-haters.

nikipedia's avatar

Sure, I’m a feminist.

I don’t disagree with these “equal rights for everyone” statements, but I think it’s worth pointing out that we need people to specifically advocate for the rights of women because women continue to be specifically discriminated against.

tinyfaery's avatar

Yep! And I won’t qualify it.

Feminism is not a single ideology.

Nullo's avatar

@bunnygrl Better that than a humanitarian. :D

DominicX's avatar

If by “feminist” you mean wanting women to be equal to men in as many ways as possible, then yes, I am. Have to agree with @rooeytoo and the dictionary on this one. There’s no part in the definition of “feminism” that implies wanting women to be “more equal” than men. I also support so-called “masculism” in regards to divorce proceedings, rape cases, etc. I’m all about equality across the board, including the belief that women should be conscripted along with men, if there is to be conscription in the first place. :)

bunnygrl's avatar

@Nullo
“In its most general form, humanitarianism is an ethic of kindness, benevolence and sympathy extended universally and impartially to all human beings. Humanitarianism has been an evolving concept historically but universality is a common element in its evolution. No distinction is to be made in the face of human suffering or abuse on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, tribal, caste, religious or national divisions.

Humanitarianism can also be described as the acceptance of every human being for plainly just being another human. Ignoring and abolishing biased social views, prejudice, and racism in the process, if utilized individually as a practiced viewpoint, and or mindset.”
(Thanks Wikipedia)

That sounds pretty good to me too :-)
hugs xx

Nullo's avatar

@bunnygrl Sorry, it should have been, “Better that than a humanitarian!”
In actuality, I think that humanists go off on too many weird tangents.

Ladymia69's avatar

I don’t think you can survive and thrive as a woman without being a feminist. So yes, I am a proud feminist.

I am also an animist.

Nullo's avatar

@ladymia69 I can’t hang any wordplay on that.

Ladymia69's avatar

@Nullo Why not? Go ahead, let me see what you’ve got.

roundsquare's avatar

@ladymia69 I agree, animals should get equal pay for equal work.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@ladymia69 You believe inanimate objects have souls, or you’re for animal rights?

Ladymia69's avatar

@MyNewtBoobs I believe that animals are made of the same sentient soul energy that we are.

Ladymia69's avatar

Although this spoon to the right of me has a halo that is bigger than mine! ~

Ladymia69's avatar

@roundsquare Tell that to the “Hotel for Dogs” movie moneymakers.

roundsquare's avatar

@ladymia69 It almost sounds like you think I’m being sarcastic. I take offense to that… ;)

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