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 - 1:00pm

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 - 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 - 1:16pm

Priests were married into well into the Middle Ages. The celibacy thing came out of monasticism and essentially stopped family dynamics from interferring in church politics. That is hugely simplifying things, of course, but my point is that priests/bishops/etc were not celibate and most were married for centuries in the early church. The celibacy requirement is far more political than scriptural. The tradition of the diminished role of women in the RCC has much to do with the role of women in society back in the day. Jesus was quite radical in his approach to women and has often been referred to as the first feminist. Remember who discovered the empty tomb and took that news back to the disciples...

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 1:24pm

Which is why you remain my favorite conservative :-)

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 2:45pm
"Feminisim is NOT a conservative or liberal issue. I'm a registered Republican who generally votes along party lines." -------- Exactly!
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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 3:25pm
Feminism is a political issue, Period. These extreme views are very winded ones regardless of what side of the aisle you fall on, Lol.

 


 


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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 3:30pm

Yes, I understand this which is why I believe we'll see priests marry (before anything else). 

reginageorge2005 wrote:
<p>Priests were married into well into the Middle Ages. The celibacy thing came out of monasticism and essentially stopped family dynamics from interferring in church politics. That is hugely simplifying things, of course, but my point is that priests/bishops/etc were not celibate and most were married for centuries in the early church. The celibacy requirement is far more political than scriptural. The tradition of the diminished role of women in the RCC has much to do with the role of women in society back in the day. Jesus was quite radical in his approach to women and has often been referred to as the first feminist. Remember who discovered the empty tomb and took that news back to the disciples...</p>

 


 


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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 3:31pm

Jam, which extreme views? 

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 3:40pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
Feminism is a political issue, Period. These extreme views are very winded ones regardless of what side of the aisle you fall on, Lol.

If you mean that it is a political issue because it impacts so many people across the board, regardless of their political beliefs?    Equal rights is an extreme view and very winded?  Is that what you are saying?

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 3:45pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
Feminism is a political issue, Period. These extreme views are very winded ones regardless of what side of the aisle you fall on, Lol.
What is "extreme" about equality?
jamblessedthree wrote:
Feminism is a political issue, Period. These extreme views are very winded ones regardless of what side of the aisle you fall on, Lol.

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