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I Am a Feminist

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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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    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 38 Responses Jun 14, 2014

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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 7 Responses 6 days ago

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    I am appalled by this subversive

    self-objectification. You girls are meant to be feminists. Advocates for equality and female rights. And yet when you try to insult men who are upsetting you, you immediately revert to "omg you pathetic virgin/can't get a girlfriend/lonely!" This is disgusting and you should be...
    LivingForFreedom LivingForFreedom 18-21, F 3 Responses 6 days 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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    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 has recently come to my attention

    that some of you here are so consumed by such fanatic devotion to the idea that women are equal to men in every way that you will contend that women are just as physically strong as men. That the average women is just as strong as the average man. This is objectively incorrect...
    LycanthroBeast LycanthroBeast 18-21, M 5 Responses 4 days ago

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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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    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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    "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 5 days ago

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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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    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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    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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    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 2 days ago

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    I get why anti feminist trolls come to this

    group to pick fights, but I don't get why they block you when you call them out. If they can't deal with what feminists have to say in response to their nonsense, why not just stay away?
    Auberon89 Auberon89 36-40, M 5 Responses Mar 30

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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 6 days 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 51-55, F 20 Responses Jan 19, 2014

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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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    “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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    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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    Hi, I was wondering if anyone women could take

    just five minutes out of their day to complete this survey. There are only 10 questions. It is about feminism, strong and brave women, heroines and role models. It is for an important assignment so it would be so much help if you could do this for me. Thank you so much! http...
    gracielynn1 gracielynn1 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 4

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    I just read the original sleeping beauty.

    For those of you who don't know, it goes like this: A girl was born (talia), and astrologers cast her horoscope, saying she would die from flax. Her father forbade all flax in their household. When she had grown into a young woman, she saw an old lady walking by her window...
    BroguesAndJeans BroguesAndJeans 16-17, F 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 2 Responses 12 hrs 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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    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 2 days 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 a week ago

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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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    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 2 days ago

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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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    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 6 days ago

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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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    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 6 days ago

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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 6 days ago

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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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    it's rich to dismiss feminists

    as "hating men" for criticizing a world that so clearly hates women
    trashspice trashspice 16-17, F 4 Responses Apr 8

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

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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 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 5 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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