What does feminism mean to you?

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What does feminism mean to you?
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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 6:20am

I noted that feminism was touched upon in another thread and that people involved in the discussion seemed to have different definitions and outlooks on feminism. I'm curious about all of these different views and definitions not only as a student, but in the context of the WOH/SAH debate. 

FWIW, this wouldn't be the first place that I've heard about varying levels of feminism. I once stumbled across a group of women who were proud to tell me that they were anti-feminist, because they didn't hate men and they enjoyed wearing bras and having babies.

So, what does feminism mean to you? Do you think that feminism is big and complex enough to have multiple definitions?

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 1:06pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
Having just elected a new county judge this last election I hear that. I don't know him but he ran against a respected woman in the area, Lawyer friends had their opinions but in the end, It's really about each individual case not how conservative or liberal one is anyway which is a good point you make.

Feminisim is NOT a conservative or liberal issue. I'm a registered Republican who generally votes along party lines. Bord and Bea and PKA and SavCal and anyone else I've met IRL will certainly attest to my conservativism. But I'm a also a proud feminist. The terms conservative and feminist are not mutually exclusive, Jam. The issues of gender inequality transcend party lines.

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 1:00pm

BeaArthurisMyReligion wrote:
<p>Here's are some anecdote about why I've always been and always will be a feminist.  When I was in 7th grade we had to do poster projects for my social studies class.. I did one on the Equal Rights Amendment which was then a hot topic on congress... the boys in my class tore my poster off the wall, and ripped it up and my male social studies teacher laughed and told me "that's what you get with that women's lib stuff."   That fueled me for the rest of my life.  </p><p>Flash forward to the 2008 Presidential election.  My daughter was 9 years old and the worlds most energetic fervent Hillary Clinton supporter.  When Hillary lost the nomination she was devastated.  I told her that it was still a very historic occassion with our first African American nominee... she looked at me like I had two heads and asked what was so special about that.  And I realized that for her the race issue was a nonstarter-- she has friends who are black, latino, asian, from Sudan and Somalia, from Korea, and from EasterN European countries.. her world was color blind.  But as she explained to me she heard all day long on her playground-- "girls can't.. girl's cant'  she saw it in the history books "girls' weren't girls aren't"  and for her to have a woman president was the dream of her 9 year old budding feminists heart.  </p><p>I want a world where a woman president is no big deal, where my daughter doesn't have to look forward to a working life of 73 cents to every man's dollar, where she doesn't have to 'explain' to the white men in power that she is smart enough, good enough, saavy enough.   This year my state elected an entiredly female delegation to Congress and the senate and we have a woman governor.   She sees the ceiling starting to shatter and i know in her life time that last final one will be broken and for her that is why I am and always will be a feminist. </p>

AMEN. AND EXACTLY! 

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 11:32am
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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 11:09am

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>You can't compare a small job in a small cubicle to corporate America either. </p>

A small job in a small cubicle is the stereotypical corporate American job, read Dilbert.

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:58am
I thought the church remark would catch your attention, chestnut, Lol. And yes, The RCC is a pretty sexist institution, My bet is we'll see priests marry before female priests.

 

 

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:57am

aww I know you have it in you! LOL ... I dont know if you have some image that feminists are all hairy manhating bra burning protesters but uh that's not so much how it works

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:53am

<Jams: "Aside the potential choice or calling for priesthood or sisterhood sexism does NOT exist IMO">

Did you just admit that sexism is rampant in the Church? BTW, sexism does exist; but it can be overcome by smart  women and men silencing the sexists into obscurity.

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:53am
<3 Bea, I'm no feminist.

 

 

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:51am

That was actually a pretty feminist statement you just made Jams-- I don't know if you realize it :-)  I KNEW you had it in you!

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:49am

And who controls whether more men dominate fields than women? And visa versa.....  I won't raise my kids to believe they must enter fields only reserved for their "type", Sexism only exists b/c you make it that way not others and not lines of work...  Aside from the potential choice/calling for priesthood or sisterhood sexism does NOT exist, My kids might want that, They may want to be bankers like their dad or teachers or counselors or engineers or construction workers or gasp, a SAHP b/c their significant other and s/he have afforded themselves that opportunity - That's the reality.

 

 

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