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    I'm a parent to a wonderful 5-year old little

    lady.... and I have apprehensions about the Bratz franchise. She noticed one of the movies on Netflix and wanted to watch it.... but I was ill-prepared.... Me: "We don't want to watch that...." Her: "Why not, daddy?" Me: "Well.... those girls are.... yucky...." Her: "Why?" Me...
    TedTalksBeige TedTalksBeige 31-35, M 2 Responses Aug 24

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    For the record: it is NOT sexist to ask a girl

    if the source of her apparently unreasonable/ irritation upset is due to it being her time of the month. Because as often as not, that IS a contributing factor. There's no reason for a woman to be offended by this. Periods are perfectly natural and healthy and nothing to be...
    CaptainGargoyle CaptainGargoyle 26-30, M 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    The people of the "I think Women should obey

    their Husband are Either Chauvinistic Idiots or brainwashed. Obeying men makes me feel less of a woman. I'm An Proud Woman and will bow down to no one.Men have done Jackshit in my Life I had to work for everything I got and nothing was granted so I owe man nothing and I never...
    FrostyElsie FrostyElsie 22-25, F 6 Responses 2 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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    Feminism is all about gaining equal rights

    for women. That's it! There is nothing more or less than that. That's what people should understand, rather than making it a big issue. Women ha hating men or men hating women wouldn't solve anything. We should all go in peace. Respect both genders and live your life in whatever...
    Pinkygir Pinkygir 16-17, M 2 Responses Aug 21

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    All hail our feminist hive queen,

    all hail!    But seriously...did you feminists know that men used to be barred from voting? Yeah, turns out you had to own property which a lot of poor men did not. But the historical revisionists would have you believe that women were unable to and all the dudebros...
    Anonymous0900 Anonymous0900 26-30, M 3 Responses 2 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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Feb 8

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    God DAMNIT ladies. This **** has to stop.

    There's being a feminist and then there's being a feminazi. If you don't think feminazis are real then it's because you haven't encountered one. ­ Listening on the CBC about the new libido enhancing drug for women called Addyi. Great idea. Tons of women want it. Then on comes...
    CaptainGargoyle CaptainGargoyle 26-30, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I'm a feminist and I think feminism does get a

    bad reputation by some things "feminists" say. Feminism isn't hating the majority group, (men, white people, straight people, cis people) it's believing that people of both the minority and majority groups should be equal. Feminism is supporting the minority groups and helping...
    helloo12121 helloo12121 13-15, F 2 Responses 1 day 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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    Respect girls who want to save themselves

    for marriage. Respect girls who don't like commitment and enjoy sleeping around. Respect girls who want to wait till they find a good guy. Respect girls who think virginity is just a social construct. Respect girls who love sex. Respect girls who hate sex. Respect girls who are...
    Madison18 Madison18 18-21, F 8 Responses Jul 2

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    Okay but.... I have seen groups named "I think

    women should obey their man" and things like that. I have read some posts and dear god, I feel so sorry for those women. I think that if they want to be a traditional housewife, they can! But when they say things like "women should only care about pleasing their men"... that...
    aphpan aphpan 16-17, F 6 Responses 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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 12 Responses Feb 13

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    Religion is the main reason

    why I became an Women/girls right activist. In the religious household (I grew up in ) Girls are bully targets because women are below men according to the bible when there is inappropiate touching involved then the girls get yelled at for provoking him. Like It's our fault he...
    FrostyElsie FrostyElsie 22-25, F 5 Responses Aug 19

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    If your feminism isn't including trans women,

    disabled women, women of colour, s*x workers, mentally ill women, poor women, masculine women, and LGBT+ women, what are you even doing calling yourself a feminist?
    Agenderra Agenderra 13-15 3 Responses Aug 23

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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 6 Responses Jul 7, 2014

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    BiggerWatch BiggerWatch 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 22

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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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    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 4 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 11 Responses Jan 25

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    "We teach girls to shrink themselves To make

    themselves smaller We say to girls, "You can have ambition But not too much You should aim to be successful But not too successful Otherwise you will threaten the man." Because I am female I am expected to aspire to marriage I am expected to make my life choices Always keeping...
    bombchu bombchu 22-25, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    TellsItLikeItIs TellsItLikeItIs 26-30, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Sometimes I hear some self proclaimed genius

    tell women that "not shaving and not wearing makeup and cutting off your hair and sleeping with people or whatever isn't empowering, do this instead that's truly empowering" and I get so annoyed. Who the hell are you to tell me how I empower myself? I personally stopped shaving...
    Atmosfaerie Atmosfaerie 22-25, T Aug 23

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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 8 Responses Jan 13

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    "HuMAN??? Why not huPEOPLE?

    !?! God. I hate all these gendered words. Why do we have to be so exclusive??" - Literally how people sound when they complain about calling it feminism.
    ThinspirationNation ThinspirationNation 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 26

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    I love the amount of radical feminists on this

    tag... no actually, I hate it. If you think having the right to go out in public in a sports bra is more important than your sisters of colour being the most unprotected people in America, you can go straight out the door and hit your head on the way out.
    Agenderra Agenderra 13-15 2 Responses Aug 23

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

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    If you think feminism means hating men,

    message me. You clearly need someone to educate you.
    jackk225 jackk225 18-21, M 8 Responses Aug 21

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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'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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    "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 protests...
    CaptainGarg0yle CaptainGarg0yle 26-30, M Aug 16

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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 26-30, F 36 Responses Jun 14, 2014

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    Text: If you claim to be a feminist

    and you shame girls for wanting to do traditional things like take their husband’s last name or be a house wife then you are doing it all completely wrong.Feminism isn’t an elite group who defeats gender norms, it’s a group who accepts ALL women&rsquo...
    Atmosfaerie Atmosfaerie 22-25, T 4 Responses Mar 14

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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 10 Responses Jan 13

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    The most ridiculous thing I ever heard on EP is

    when someone said "all men would rape if given the opportunity." That is the most anti-feminist thing I have ever heard.
    jackk225 jackk225 18-21, M 12 Responses Aug 11

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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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    Women should not ever have to apologize for:

    having/talking about their periods, their sexual preference, their bra size, wanting their independence, wearing or not wearing makeup, wearing a lot of clothes or wearing a little, how many people they've slept with, looking tired, having body hair or stretch marks, not liking...
    Madison18 Madison18 18-21, F 9 Responses Aug 23

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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 8 Responses Nov 24, 2014

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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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    AvinaRain AvinaRain 13-15, F 11 Responses Aug 19

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    I hate when people think

    that feminism is a movement that belittles men. It is not, you ignorant fuckks. It started off as a movement for women to have EQUAL rights as men. Now it has even evolved into something that is meant to break the tradition of gender socialization and to explain that women can...
    TeraLocura TeraLocura 22-25, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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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 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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    I don't understand why people have a negative

    view of the angry feminist stereotype. Like yes I'm a feminist. And yes I'm fvcking angry. Im angry because of the wage gap. I'm angry because women aren't given equal opportunity in the workforce. I'm angry about gender roles. I'm angry because women don't have equal...
    ThinspirationNation ThinspirationNation 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 10

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    I hate when guys act like women should be the

    only ones who should cook. Like, misogyny won't feed you.
    ErraticallyGrey ErraticallyGrey 22-25, F 14 Responses 3 days ago