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I Am a Feminist

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    If women can do anything men can,

    why have they never successfully oppressed an entire gender?
    TheNazarene TheNazarene 26-30, M 8 Responses Jan 8

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

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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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    Feminism ≠ Misandry Misandry: Women >

    Men Misogyny: Men > Women
    hellohowlow hellohowlow 13-15, F 1 Response 12 hrs ago

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    And I have utmost respect

    for men who believe in feminism.
    insouciant insouciant 18-21, F 13 Responses Jul 8, 2014

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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 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 7 Responses 5 days ago

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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 6 Responses Jan 3

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    God i am so sick of "feminists" getting bent

    out of shape over every little thing. I swear they're just hunting for news ways to be offended. Like that business with Mat Taylor from a few weeks ago. The man is part of a team that achieves an incredible feat of engineering and space travel but he made the mistake of wearing...
    CanibleCorps CanibleCorps 26-30, M 9 Responses Dec 30, 2014

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    "Some people ask: “Why the word feminist?

    Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?” Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general—but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of...
    ErraticallyGrey ErraticallyGrey 22-25, F 5 Responses Jan 14

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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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    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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    TheNazarene TheNazarene 26-30, M 4 Responses Jan 17

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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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    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 5 Responses Dec 30, 2014

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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 1 hr 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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    Actually I have talked to several people

    growing up in the 1950's and beyond and they all tell me that women had zero rights back then. You can see it in original shows and all that. The whole "poise and grace" women should be women, women are best seen not heard (also used on children to) kind of ideals. These people...
    maryshouldofaborted maryshouldofaborted 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 6

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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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    WHAT FEMINISM IS: -Equity

    for ALL: genders, sexes, sexual identities, ages, races, etc. -Knowing the difference between equity and equality. -Knowing the difference between SEX differences and GENDER differences -Acknowledging that women are oppressed. -Understanding that in some venues, women...
    BananaSmoothiee BananaSmoothiee 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 10

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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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    "Rush Limbaugh's soft,

    ****** body."
    sunflowerpet sunflowerpet 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 4

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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 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 6 days ago

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    Today I looked for Mary Wollstonecraft in 5

    encyclopedias. I found her in one. I found her husband, whom I'd never heard of before yesterday, in three of them.
    BroguesAndJeans BroguesAndJeans 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 13

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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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    falloutcats falloutcats 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 22

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    stiltcourt stiltcourt 41-45, F 6 Responses Dec 30, 2014

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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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    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, 2014

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    I'd like to see society finally shun the idea

    of the perfect body image and embrace that all bodies are beautiful. But there's big money to be made in the secularization and eroticism of the perfect body image, and since the industry is predominantly male, I don't see a change from them anytime soon. Maybe if enough of...
    Ginkofishin Ginkofishin 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 30, 2014

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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'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 13-15, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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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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    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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    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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    As a women I believe men are our superior.

    I believe we should let them do whatever they like to us. We are here to please them. Women who complain about rape or violence are disgusting. Shut up and take it
    soph99ep soph99ep 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 8

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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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    Was reading the latest post on Humans of New

    York fb page where the owner of the blog was making a comment on naked women on the front page of a newspaper. Except those women were wearing bikinis, not naked. I feel if you are compelled to dress a certain way that u don't want, that's disempowering. But to be able to put...
    Kletsgo Kletsgo 26-30, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    trashspice trashspice 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 20

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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 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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    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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    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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    why are some women so annoyed

    when guys hit on them or check them out? like... personally, I enjoy being hit on and/or checked out by people. It's a compliment. That is a mans way of complimenting you on your body/looks, and some women hate that. why do people hate it? would you rather never get looked at...
    BananaSmoothiee BananaSmoothiee 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 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 12 Responses Jun 15, 2014

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    This is so important.

    http://samuel-warde.com/2015/01/5-stupidest-arguments-feminism/
    absolutionist absolutionist 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 19

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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 13-15, F 8 Responses Jan 13

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    Hi ladies. Just wondering about your thoughts

    on this characterization of men­. I was talking to a girl on here and this was her view of men. Am i the only one who finds this incredibly sexist not to mention inaccurate? "we take care of our children [imply men don't], we don't run from are responsibilites [implying men...
    XeroGraphic XeroGraphic 18-21, F 8 Responses Jan 22

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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