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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"
    BananaSmoothiee BananaSmoothiee 18-21, F 8 Responses Nov 24, 2014

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    Can we stop using the word "sl.

    ut" to shame other women for sexuality? Us women need to stick together. We can't make ourselves look good by making each other look bad.
    sunflowerpet sunflowerpet 18-21, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    http://diply.com/trendyjoe/vintage-poster-suffrage-womens-rights-dangers/98844/2 Disgusting
    BroguesAndJeans BroguesAndJeans 16-17, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Man is stronger by far

    than woman, yet only woman can create a child. Does that seem right to you?
    TheNazarene TheNazarene 26-30, M 7 Responses Feb 19

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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 5 Responses Jul 6, 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 23 Responses Sep 4, 2014

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    I've been realizing that

    as a pre-teen or teenager, my mother would tell me that my shirts were too low cut, or people would judge me or stare at me, never in my life have I thought I was pretty or skinny or like I have ever had something to show off. being 18, I do not wear anything low cut, I live in...
    noriebby noriebby 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 8

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    So ladies, i hear a lot of complaints about

    street harassment and people oggling you so i have a question. ­ As a woman, if you're not grotesque, you will find it immensely easier to find a partner and/or hook up than a man. Essentially you are limited only by your own choosiness. My question is would you rather keep...
    TheNazarene TheNazarene 26-30, M 3 Responses Feb 15

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    Feminism ≠ Misandry Misandry: Women >

    Men Misogyny: Men > Women
    hellohowlow hellohowlow 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 31

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

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    Apparently sexism only exists

    when it's men being sexist against women. It is literally impossible for a man to suffer from sexism. ­ http://www.statepress.com/2014/02/18/prejudice-is-two-way-street-sexism-is-not/ ­ Thoughts?
    XeroGraphic XeroGraphic 18-21, F 3 Responses 2 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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    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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    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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    VousEtesBelleCM VousEtesBelleCM 18-21, F 6 Responses a week ago

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    I hate when people say "I'm not a feminist,

    I'm a humanist" or "I'm not a feminist I'm a equalist" and then go on to say "because I believe in equality for everyone." *raised eyebrow expression* you do understand feminism is the equal rights between both sexes right? Maybe you should take some time an look up the...
    Wynnieskye Wynnieskye 16-17, F 8 Responses Jan 26

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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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    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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    I'm not sure that this is feminism,

    I guess it is? I wish it would be socially acceptable for me to tell girls I've never met that they're pretty. Not that I like their hair or their shirt, but that they are pretty, all of them. I wish it would be socially acceptable for me to tell guys I've never met that they're...
    BroguesAndJeans BroguesAndJeans 16-17, F 5 Responses Jan 28

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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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    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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    Is miley cyrus an empowered woman not afraid of

    her own sexuality... ...or a desperate fame hag clinging to the limelight by making a spectacle of herself?
    TheNazarene TheNazarene 26-30, M 7 Responses a week ago

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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 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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    BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MEN?

    http://www.upworthy.com/its-a-shame-we-need-a-comeback-to-what-about-the-men-but-this-one-really-nails-it?g=2&fb_ref=Default
    absolutionist absolutionist 22-25, F 2 Responses 1 day 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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    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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    Why do we need feminism?

    This is a good reason why (photos above) R.I.P
    Wynnieskye Wynnieskye 16-17, F 3 Responses 22 hrs ago

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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 39 Responses Jun 14, 2014

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    Hey there! A few months ago I started my final

    assignment in high school, it's a very big document that has to be done in order to graduate. The thing is, my subject was Feminism. I talked about a great many of things but one subject I have sadly only spoken a few sentences about. I felt guilty when I noticed it (too late...
    RianneK RianneK 16-17, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    any girls have any used bra

    and panties and socks for me to have I like dirty undies
    pman0982 pman0982 18-21, M Feb 18

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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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    I just had a fight with my boyfriend over a

    feminism issue, which not only spoke volumes about his point of view but about him. It makes me resent myself because though I know I'm doing the right thing, I still want to be with him.
    khadiie khadiie 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 1

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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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    GUYS!!! There's a huge

    and I mean HUGE difference between misandry and feminism. Misandry is men hating, these are the "feminist extremist" that many people believe represent what feminism is. Feminism is the social, political, and economical equality for all genders. It does not mean women hate men...
    glomilk glomilk 16-17, F 3 Responses Feb 8

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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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    Hey Everyone! this is some Prime meat

    for the movement. I'm going to have to cut and paste but it's Hilarious This Country Banned Abortion and Now, Abortion Promoters Can’t Believe their Eyes! http://www.tpnn.com/2014/11/25/this-country-banned-abortion-and-now-abortion-promoters-cant-believe-their-eyes...
    ManifestoOfThePhoenix ManifestoOfThePhoenix 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 25

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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, 2014

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    I think guys are intimidated by the word

    "feminism" bc they don't want to lose "power" when it's just all about equality
    trashspice trashspice 16-17, F 9 Responses Feb 2

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    (Start rant!) I find being sexy empowering

    rather than being 100% covered up... Yet other "feminists" think that to be "sexy" is "degrading"... Now don't get my message wrong, I don't want to be a sex symbol thought of as nothing but sex... But I want women to have the right to choose how they're thought of on an...
    MissLorii MissLorii 18-21, F 7 Responses 3 days ago

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    I think it is right and just

    that a man cannot force a woman to have an abortion. If she wants to endure the pregnancy and/or become a mother then it is her right to be the master of her own life. I do not think it is right and just that a man has no say in whether or not he becomes a father and all of the...
    TheNazarene TheNazarene 26-30, M 7 Responses Feb 3

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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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    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 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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    But am I not considered a true feminist

    if I would be happy being the housewife? My boyfriend works hard and long hours some days, and I feel it's only right of me to take care of him, as much as he takes care of me. Not because I believe in gender roles, but because that's what I WANT to do. I don't mind cooking our...
    AjLeePunk AjLeePunk 22-25, F 7 Responses 4 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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    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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    I think the patriarchy(tm) is starting to

    cooperate with the reptilians from the inner earth. I've already called Alex Jones on to the case....this could get ugly.
    TotalJerkface TotalJerkface 26-30, M Feb 5

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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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    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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    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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    I am a trademans working in a heavily male

    populated trade/industry with a female apprentice. even though she has 4 other trademans. I'm really the only person who is willing to teach her, as my colleagues are old men with little to no regard towards women in the workplace especially one who wants to become a tradey...