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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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 12:36pm

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.” ― Rebecca West

just_another_marla wrote:
<p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>So, what does feminism mean to you? Do you think that feminism is big and complex enough to have multiple definitions?</p>

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 9:20am

I absolutely think it's broad enough to encompass many meaings.  For me in an ideal world Feminism means supporting the choices of all women, no matter what they may be,  working, not working, children, birth control, choice,  etc.. it means ensuring open doors and access to educational opportunities at all levels, equal pay for equal work, shattering the glass ceiling and then reaching back to help other women through,  it means empowering girls to speak up and show their smarts and not feel self concsious for being smart -- it means an end to strong women like Secretary Clinton having to 'mansplain' to the panel of old white men how she does her job.   It means an end to sexist jokes and sexual harrassment, it means a world where the concept of a women president isn't that far off, and most of all world where women support each other rather than look for ways to tear each other down.  That's what it means to me.

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