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I Am a Feminist

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    When I was a child in the 1960s watching

    television, women were portrayed as useless, especially in action shows. They never discovered or concluded anything, they were often afraid and crying; they were a liability whenever danger loomed, always needing to be saved, always saying the wrong thing or blundering into...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 12 Responses Jul 29, 2014

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    The amount of clothing on a person doesn't not

    dictate how you should treat them. WEARING A LOW CUT DRESS AND HEELS DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO DEHUMANIZE A PERSON. If you blame someone for your own actions and reactions, the problem isn't them. It's YOU.
    ErraticallyGrey ErraticallyGrey 22-25, F 10 Responses Aug 17, 2014

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    I Want To Be More Then A Laptop Feminist.

    It is easy to sit here and type thoughts and feeling but we all know that it means more for others and ourselves when we get up and DO something so I contacted the local Human Resources folks in my community and they gave me a number to call the lady who heads up the org. that...
    sierra33 sierra33 31-35, F 35 Responses Nov 20, 2013

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    I remember in 6th grade a guy came up to me in

    school and touched my arm and said "why do you have hair on your arms?" I said "because I grow hair there" then he looked at me and said "girls aren't suppose to have hair there" and I said "I see lots of girls with arm hair" and he shook his head and said "no" at that time I...
    Wynnieskye Wynnieskye 16-17, F 12 Responses Feb 13

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    Many societies were very comfortable with

    breasts and worshiped many goddesses depicted with large breasts representing love and fertility and motherhood. Even male gods were depicted with breast like appendices a lot of times. It was until the middle of the first millennium BC that the view of female breasts changed...
    sunflowerpet sunflowerpet 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 3

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    Yes, I'm a man and I'm a feminist.

    It's amazing how many people of both sexes will often say things like "I believe in equal rights for women but I'm not a feminist." 1...2...3...do you feel stupid yet? The definition of feminism is equal rights for women. People seem to have this idea, perpetuated by the media...
    EarthWalkerMan EarthWalkerMan 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 7

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    My body isn't made for your pleasure.

    It's made for mine. My body is for me & it's perfect.
    Elayla Elayla 31-35, F 10 Responses Jan 20

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    Question for the ladies.

    If you were living a few generations ago do you think you would still be striving to be allowed to work the jobs men were working and have the same responsibilities? Consider what that would have meant. Working incredibly long hours doing very physically demanding work as...
    TheNazarene TheNazarene 26-30, M 1 Response a week ago

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    I found a picture that said "Both the man

    and the woman should know how to cook - because neither feminism or sexism is going to help you when you're hungry"
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 9 Responses Nov 24, 2014

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    >_>

    I shied away from the term a lot, because of how feminism is portrayed. Often the feminists are made to look like lesbian man-haters in the media. From Powerpuff Girls to South Park, feminism has been demonized and the women made to look like rude misandrist, although I am fully...
    deleted deleted 26-30 11 Responses Nov 20, 2012

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    A radical feminist college professor

    and part-time patriarchy smasher was teaching a class on cultural marxism. "Before class begins, all the males must get down on your knees and worship Hillary Clinton and accept that women are the most highly evolved beings the world has ever known- even greater than Jesus...
    MSD390 MSD390 22-25, M 1 Response a week ago

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    "Romatic" movies and tv shows have encourage us

    to rap­e women. How often have you seen the following scene: ­ Man and woman are getting close to each other, the tension is palpable. The man kisses her, after a second she pulls away. "no!" she says "i can't!". That doesn't stop him. He goes back for round two and she...
    LycanthroBeast LycanthroBeast 18-21, M 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I have always dealt with body issues

    because I've been told at a young if I'm not a size zero I'm too fat and too ugly. So when I was in middle school and wore a skirt to school it was a really big step for me. I was in 7th grade. Before I got out of the car I looked at my dad and said "I'm scared" he knew it was...
    Wynnieskye Wynnieskye 16-17, F 7 Responses Mar 31

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    I'm a feminist because

    when I post personal things about being sexually assaulted, people on here tell me I'm "whining" and to "be happy because I'm attractive enough to get that attention". I am absolutely disgusted and hurt. Being assaulted is not something to take lightly. It's not fun. It's not a...
    sunflowerpet sunflowerpet 18-21, F 11 Responses Jun 28, 2014

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    A huge percentage of women

    that achieved adulthood manage to pass on their genes to the next generation. Only about half as many men achieve this. Therefor women have had about twice the power over millenia to shape the inherent traits of males than men have had to shape the traits of women.The vast...
    TheNazarene TheNazarene 26-30, M a week ago

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    how to reconcile my submissive relationship

    desires with my support for feminism and equaity?
    PropertyOfMistress PropertyOfMistress 51-55, M 2 Responses Apr 4

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    "Your Silence Will Not Protect You..."

    “I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you.... What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 7 Responses Feb 21, 2013

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    Kind of feeling persecuted

    for being male in a feminist experience. With at least 3 women on here i can't seem to say anything without them finding any possible angle to be adversarial with me. If there is a possible sexist interpretation for anything i say then you can be sure that's how they'll take it...
    LycanthroBeast LycanthroBeast 18-21, M 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 14 Responses Sep 20, 2012

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    Think about it ladies.

    You have the freedom and right to behave this way if you want, but you have to accept the consequences
    LivingForFreedom LivingForFreedom 18-21, F 6 Responses Apr 1

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    Are women innately inferior to men?

    The argument runs as follows: Throughout our long and violent history the downtrodden have always risen up to tear down an oppressive regime. Revolutions, coups, whatever. The dissatisfied people on the bottom get fed up and replace the people at the top. So how is it that in...
    LycanthroBeast LycanthroBeast 18-21, M 6 Responses Apr 11

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    (I am really not sure what the caller expected

    from this fool. He has been stating he thinks the world is coming to an end because of lesbianism and feminism. I think he blames 9/11 on these things as well. ~bb) Pat Robertson: Disobedient Wives ‘Must Be Spanked’ Jun 17, 2013 Christian television personality Pat...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 10 Responses 6 days ago

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    I'm a feminist...because I hate the fact

    that I can't go to the beach alone at night, sit quietly, enjoying the moonlight shining down, the soft lapping of the waves against the rocks, the peace, without risking being assaulted...because (to quote a woman from a sitcom) I "brought a vagina with me".
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 8 Responses Jul 7, 2014

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    What do you think about the statement

    that men can be forced into fatherhood if their partner refuses to get an abortion?
    BroguesAndJeans BroguesAndJeans 16-17, F 7 Responses 21 hrs ago

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    (It's because I AM a feminist

    that I think the following story is pretty outrageous. Women should be treated equally when they fool around with underaged boys. Assuming she wasn't forced to have sex, the adult should be held responsible and punished, not the child . Even as we've fought for the law to not...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 11 Responses Apr 10

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    A Woman's Worst Nightmare ?

    Novelist Margaret Atwood writes that when she asked a male friend why men feel threatened by women, he answered, “They are afraid women will laugh at them.” When she asked a group of women why they feel threatened by men, they said, “We’re afraid of being killed".
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 8 Responses Sep 10, 2013

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    Today my best friend said something to the

    effect of "you're a femi-nazi in training". I can't stand her sometimes. And then there was the time my mom called me a femi-nazi and implied feminists are all butch lesbians. What is wrong with everyone who's supposed to be supporting me?
    Brimmless Brimmless 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 10

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    I have encountered in this experience women

    who believe that if the world was run by women there would be little to no war or conflict or violence. As if it is exclusively the province of men to attack an enemy or take what belongs to someone else. Of course this is absurd and reflects a view of women that is just as...
    LycanthroBeast LycanthroBeast 18-21, M 5 Responses a week ago

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    Women are such important beings on this planet.

    We have to protect each other because no one else is going to. We can't win this war without each other and we must be looking out for each other at all times. Protect your friends. Protect strangers. There are good men in the world but we can't wait around for them to do...
    sunflowerpet sunflowerpet 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 1

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    guy: not all men are like that,

    stop generalizing guy: all feminists are man hating lesbians on their period
    trashspice trashspice 16-17, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I love to menace feminists.

    ..I always take the train when traveling to and from work. I make sure to stare down any women that come on there. Cowards. They talk big and tough online but choke under even the slightest pressure. Never met a feminist in real life...they only seem to exist on the internet LOL...
    MSD390 MSD390 22-25, M 3 Responses Apr 6

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    I'm a 52 year old woman

    and I've known self defense for a long time. Today was the first time I had to use it. I was at yoga with my daughter who is a gorgeous girl in her early 20s. A man sitting in the back of our yoga class was making remarks to my daughter and I. He was commenting when we would...
    lindatheworkoutmom lindatheworkoutmom 51-55, F 12 Responses Jan 13

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    Jackson Katz: Violence Against Women---it's A Men's Issue

    (thanks to SwarlesXavier for finding this link)
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 3 Responses Sep 24, 2013

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    It's always funny when people tell me I won't

    find a man if I'm a feminist. 1) Why would I date a man who didn't think I deserve the same rights to exist as him? 2) Finding a man has never been a top priority for me. 3) I also date women so there's that. 4) My boyfriend is also a feminist so your "logic" is outdated.
    ErraticallyGrey ErraticallyGrey 22-25, F 5 Responses Jan 3

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    I think it's so unfair

    that it's socially unacceptable for men to wear dresses and make up. I mean, why should only women look like gorgeous goddesses? Men deserve to feel beautiful too.
    ErraticallyGrey ErraticallyGrey 22-25, F 12 Responses Jan 25

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    “Destroy the idea that men should respect

    women because we are their daughters, mothers, and sisters. Reinforce the idea that men should respect women because we are people.”
    starsarediamonds starsarediamonds 16-17, F 4 Responses Jul 6, 2014

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    I don't understand how people can't see

    that feminism is a good and important cause As a 22 year old white female the worst I've faced is s*l*u*t shaming and being told that boys won't like me if I act a certain way but that doesn't mean that other women don't desperately need the feminism I'm fighting for.
    ErraticallyGrey ErraticallyGrey 22-25, F 7 Responses Jan 5

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    Makeup is a way for the arrogant misogynists to

    decorate the women they own and turn them into vacuous playthings.
    LivingForFreedom LivingForFreedom 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    6 years ago I said that women would surpass men

    in what is deemed as the 'superior' sex within the 25 years in North America From what I'm continuously seeing in our social culture I'm thinking my assumptions are on track
    ollifer ollifer 31-35, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    We're taught, "Girls do these things,

    boys do those things." Brothers mow the yard, sisters do the dishes. My father told me, "Marry a rich man." My father told my brother, "Be rich" But why? Why am I subjected to this and he to that? Why am I expected to like the color pink? Color has no gender. Activity has no...
    girlinteruppted girlinteruppted 16-17, F 7 Responses Jan 13

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    Men need feminism because,

    until women are free, men won't be free, either. The badgering that society does to men -- to repress emotion, to be the bread winner, to be success objects -- is of the same monster born out of WASP patriarchy that is terrorizing our women. A patriarchal society is what...
    deleted deleted 26-30 11 Responses Jun 15, 2014

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    Imagine there's a ladder.

    Men at the top, women at the bottom. In order to reach true equality, we would have to meet at the middle. Women would only be risen slightly and men would have to be taken down a few pegs. Feminism wants to keep men at the top of the ladder but raise women to that height as...
    ErraticallyGrey ErraticallyGrey 22-25, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    "I need feminism because a man in a room full

    of women is ecstatic. A woman in a room full of men is terrified."
    ErraticallyGrey ErraticallyGrey 22-25, F 10 Responses 6 days ago

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    I don't understand the "Women against feminism"

    group. You do understand without feminist women would basically be treated like cattle. Without Feminism these things would happen Are you in a unhappy marriage? Too bad you're a girl you have no say. Did you get paid the same amount as a guy for the same job? Better go tell...
    Wynnieskye Wynnieskye 16-17, F 7 Responses Feb 8

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    Fathers - be your daughter's first love.

    Open doors for her, pull her seat out, and speak to and treat her with the utmost respect. Set expectations on how a man should treat a lady and she'll never settle for anything less
    damselfly damselfly 51-55, F 20 Responses Jan 19, 2014

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    All men who try to argue with me against my

    feminist beliefs and values = unattractive in my book. You have no chance. Sorry, I don't tend to go for the ignorant or the selfish! :(
    kbeary kbeary 18-21, F 22 Responses Sep 4, 2014

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