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I Am a Feminist

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    There Is A Problem If You Aren't

    I'm a feminist. Of course I'm a feminist! When people proclaim that they aren't feminists, I ask them if that means they are not all for everyone having the same rights socially, politically, and economically. When they go "Of course I believe everyone should be equal" I tell...
    JustLazyLittleMe JustLazyLittleMe 16-17, F 12 Responses Sep 26, 2013

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    I don't think that most people know what being

    a feminist really means. People just assume you're an angry, lesbian who hates men. Or if not a lesbian, then a *****. Women feel the same way. They don't like to say they are feminists because of the negative implications. Feminism: The advocacy of women's rights on the...
    jadakaii jadakaii 31-35, F 8 Responses Apr 17

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    To me it's more that men

    and women are equal in worth and deserving of equal treatment; not that men and women are exactly the same. I honestly don't know how people come to the conclusion that equal means "the same." Men and women as individuals have their strengths and weaknesses. To ignore...
    notthis78 notthis78 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 16

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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 46-50, F 8 Responses Sep 10, 2013

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    Interesting. How would you respond to this?

    Here's the link if you can't se the imagehttp://9gag.com/gag/aMbqxo1
    TheNazarene TheNazarene 26-30, M 2 Responses Dec 16

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

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    A provocative question related to the bedroom.

    Do you think strapons challenge notions of masculinity and femininity or gender roles?
    cucksome cucksome 22-25, M 2 Responses 4 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 46-50, F 8 Responses Jul 7

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    I just had a guy tell me I shouldn't shave the

    side of my head because boys wouldn't find it attractive. Really? Really. That's why I shouldn't alter my look drastically. Because of a penis. Really.
    ErraticallyGrey ErraticallyGrey 22-25, F 9 Responses 4 days ago

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    Debunking The Myths...

    Some ep mra members seem to enjoy posting the most ridiculous accusations I have ever come across...in my life...and I want to spend a few minutes debunking some their nonsense. I don't speak for every feminist in here. I don't need to because most have a much stronger voice then...
    sierra33 sierra33 31-35, F 31 Responses Nov 12, 2013

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    Do women who say feminism is just women

    who want to be men not realize that essentially they are saying that wanting rights is solely for men? That wanting to be treated like a human being is only allowed for men? Claiming I am a feminist because I want to be a man is admitting I can't exist in the world as I want...
    ErraticallyGrey ErraticallyGrey 22-25, F 4 Responses Dec 17

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    Males/Females As Abuse Victims

      I wanted to take a moment and share some statistic regarding violence against women. This is an issue I'm very passionate about as I have worked and volunteered with domestic abuse survivors and I will never stop marveling at their bravery and resilience.  Stats from the...
    RedRubies RedRubies 36-40, F 7 Responses Jul 20, 2013

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    I am a feminist, but the term confuses me

    because it is defined as someone that believes in equal rights for all genders but then again masculinists are also people who believe in equal rights for all genders so... What? I'd rather not be a feminist or a masculinists because those terms are gender specific, but couldn't...
    stuforyou stuforyou 16-17, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    Oh, for goodness's sake!

    !! I went to 'I am a Feminist' and there are only anti-feminism posts. Seriously? Has the word 'feminism' become a taboo? If you're a feminist, that automatically makes you a bad person? I'm astounded. What is wrong with wanting equality for genders? That's what feminism is. Why...
    Randomization13 Randomization13 13-15, F 5 Responses 22 hrs ago

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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 46-50, F 20 Responses Jan 19

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    I am very militant!I do not look to eradicate

    men, but to have them accept us as equals in all things, as people with different skills and aptitudes.Please talk with kindness.
    Bourgault Bourgault 22-25, F 40 Responses Jun 14

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    The breast feeding in public debate is probably

    my favorite. How dare you use your boobs for their intended purposes. And the amount of people who actually get upset over it! It's so ridiculous.
    ErraticallyGrey ErraticallyGrey 22-25, F 10 Responses Jul 21

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    stiltcourt stiltcourt 41-45, F 1 Response Dec 17

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    I don't think you have to be a woman to

    recognize the oppressive construct that is a woman's duty.
    ambivilantjustice ambivilantjustice 22-25, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Clarification

    Ah, I see that there is some confusion as to whether people identify as a feminist or not. Fear not, clarification is forthcoming; it is not nearly as difficult to ascertain as one might think. A quote from Caitlin Moran; short, sweet, and oh- so- logical: "So here is the...
    RedRubies RedRubies 36-40, F 8 Responses Oct 28, 2013

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    According to ILO women are more educated

    and productive and make less than men while they should be making more than men. In essence the paycap is twice as bad as it turns out. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-2861492/Women-Europe-Russia-Brazil-earn-men--ILO.html
    cucksome cucksome 22-25, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Well no I sort of cant be

    but I do agree with Anita Sarskinsee about women in video games. She is on YouTube and her account is feminist frequency. I advise you watch her damsel in distress series
    bisexuwhale bisexuwhale 13-15, M Dec 16

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    To all feminists, and the two anti-feminists

    who frequent here, So finally I was able to tell my first street harasser of the day to shut up. He did as they usually do, stare me up and down while we're approaching each other to walk across the street, and then when he can't see my face anymore, whisper something extremely...
    SourQueen SourQueen 18-21, F 9 Responses Jun 26

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    Isis 'executes 150 women

    for refusing to marry militants' and buries them in mass graves http://m.timesofindia.com/world/middle-east/Isis-executes-150-women-for-refusing-to-marry-militants-and-buries-them-in-mass-graves/articleshow/45550919.cms
    sunflowerpet sunflowerpet 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 17

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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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    Today in debate, we were voting on a bill about

    if women are paid unequally there should be legal consequences. Every guy except for two voted against it.
    sunflowerpet sunflowerpet 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 17

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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 23 Responses Sep 4

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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 13-15, F 5 Responses Jul 6

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    And I have utmost respect

    for men who believe in feminism.
    insouciant insouciant 18-21, F 13 Responses Jul 8

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    One of dad's friends,

    who 70+ yrs old, saw me and said he do would a bunch of disgusting sexual acts to me because he thinks I'm a freak because I have my septum pierced. So my mom uses this as an argument to get rid of it because somehow piercings anywhere but your ears mean you're a freak.
    blackroses75 blackroses75 18-21, F 5 Responses 5 days 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"
    MeowOnMe MeowOnMe 18-21, F 8 Responses Nov 24

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    No Apology

    Can I say something to the ladies who are reluctant to proclaim they are a feminist and put a period at the end of that statement? Stop apologizing for being a feminist. And I mean, stop joining the "I'm a feminist but I don't hate men" group. Because that sends all sorts of red...
    KayKai KayKai 26-30, F 18 Responses Aug 15, 2012

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    With out an ounce of shame,

    I openly admit the tears did come when I found this.Yes Ladies and Gentlemen,Feminism is still needed in this world.
    The1960texan The1960texan 51-55, M 6 Responses a week ago

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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 34 Responses Nov 20, 2013

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    Guy at my work tried to se*xt me

    and then the next day "accidentally" slapped my butt. He was fired.
    sunflowerpet sunflowerpet 18-21, F 12 Responses Dec 2

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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 46-50, F 7 Responses Feb 21, 2013

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    My best friend is dating a guy

    who thinks that women should not be in the work force or allowed to vote. He blames all this countries problems on women being in politics and voting. He blames the economy on working women and think the 50s was the best era because "women knew their place". The worst part is...
    sunflowerpet sunflowerpet 18-21, F 9 Responses Dec 14

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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 46-50, F 11 Responses Jul 29

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    sunflowerpet sunflowerpet 18-21, F 8 Responses Sep 29

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    Walking home from class some guy decided to

    stop me and tell me I have a "nice rack". After I told him to shove it he proceeded to grab my arm and insult me for " being a c**t who can't take a compliment". What this poor excuse for a man didn't think about is that I am someone's daughter. I am someone's sister. I am...
    hotstreak426 hotstreak426 18-21, F 8 Responses Oct 13

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    Susan C. Faludi is my hero.

    Susan C. Faludi (born April 18, 1959) is an American humanist, journalist and author. She won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in 1991 I have read these books of hers - Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American...
    tryingagainII tryingagainII 56-60, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    People usually think feminist means they hate

    men its completely wrong I think all are same if they are human. well as I read somewhere Feminist theory is one of the major contemporary sociological theories, which analyzes the status of women and men in society with the purpose of using that knowledge to better women's...
    chi2592 chi2592 22-25, F 4 Responses Dec 18

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    To Awaken the Wise Woman Within Me.

    ..(edited) I am willing to be different and strong I am willing to be different and beautiful I am willing to be different and free... For this difference, Is the same sameness My force My dreams My feelings My creativity My passion My deep love Of all creation And the only con...
    stiltcourt stiltcourt 41-45, F 1 Response Dec 18

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    How do you feel about positive "discrimination"

    to help women's position in society? Even though I am a man I think it's a good way to balance the inequality as the status quo otherwise favours men over women and I think society should do a lot more in support of women's rights. We see presidents and such always claim they...
    cucksome cucksome 22-25, M 5 Responses Dec 18

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    How much contact or experience do you have with

    s.l.u.t. shaming? My gf has experienced it even from some of her friends so I wondered what about others? Ever experienced it or heard it happen to your friends? Has anyone ever tried to make you feel bad about being sexual just like any guy would be? The old "men are men" but...
    cucksome cucksome 22-25, M 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    Feminism And The Middle East

    One of my personal goals in this lifetime is to make and leave this world a better place for me having been here. I understand wholly that I am blessed compared to many others and I never take this for granted. I look at the big picture; not just for what benefits me as an...
    RedRubies RedRubies 36-40, F 11 Responses Nov 11, 2012

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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 12 Responses Jun 28

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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 12 Responses Jun 15

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    I never considered myself s feminist

    until I began having sex. I never thought that I was unlucky being a woman until I realized that I would be looked down upon for embracing my sexuality while people of the opposite sex would be praised for doing the same thing. I never thought I needed feminism until the words...
    qwernia qwernia 18-21, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    Why Am I a Feminist? My Mama.

    I come from a long line of Pentecostal preachers.Being the oldest in my family I was expected to be one too.Well,,, Im a rebel.I never felt the calling upon Me.I wanted too write.I wanted to be out in nature.Dad did not like this.I was whooped,I was belittled.I was told I could...
    The1960texan The1960texan 51-55, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    A Male Feminist

    As a man, I am sick to death of the boorish, sexist misogynistic culture that I see around me. I do not fit that model, and I would hate to be in any way associated with such behaviour. Inequality is inexplicable and inexcusable.
    mizzen123 mizzen123 46-50, M 14 Responses Dec 1, 2011

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    What do you think of the Dalhousie dentistry

    students who had a facebook page dedicated to fantasizing about which female students they'd like to ra­pe and/or hatefu­ck? ­ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/dalhousie-dentistry-students-facebook-posts-dismay-advocates-1.2874920 ­ Is it grounds for expulsion or...