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 - 10:26pm

<<In coining the term **fairy tale** to describe gender equality, you necessarily clarify your belief that no one can have it all.  Even I don't go that far!  What did you say about "raising" kids?>>

I was being "civil" in describing the lack of facts in your statements about equality and though fairy tale had a nice ring to the fiction you were spinning.  It seemed to fit.  :)   You have mispoke again here as my belief is that one can have it all, takes a lot of hard work and so forth but one can have it all, yes, I believe that.

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 7:08pm

<How do you explain the rist to power of Marissa Mayer and Michelle Obama, Esq., Hillary Clinton, etc.?>

Women currently hold 4.2 percent of Fortune 1000 CEO roles. It is not zero, but it is DISPROPORTIONATE!

19% of the Senators are women and 18% in the House. Gains have been made, but hardly equitable.

<You're both living the American dream, even with you earning more and with men often being the decision makers w/re to hiring, pay.>

Though I lack an Ivy league education, I am highly educated, in a male-dominated field, in a company that values diversity. It is not the norm, yet. It will be if we keep pedal to the medal.

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 7:06pm
Jam, I think you're missing the point if you are talking about all someone needs to do is walk through the door to meet a quota. What part of "equally qualified" are you missing out on here?
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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 7:01pm
The sky is falling! Lol!

 

 

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 6:59pm
Affirmative action is all this is, And that's the kind of future our kids should look forward to, What a shame.. Why even send them to college if all they need to do is walk in a door to meet someone else's quota.

 

 

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 6:58pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
There are plenty of women in deserving positions and collecting deserving pay b/c they've worked their behinds off to get there, Likewise men. I don't know if that's "special" but there are some crying fowl b/c they wish it were them.

Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer just earned $13million in company stock today.  She's only 37.  Everyone can't be her, but she is a woman and broke thru the glass ceiling.  The glass ceiling you and I built, allegedly!!  I miss the earlier debate:

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 6:54pm

<Chestnut said she/he's in favor of affirmative action.  You just read her post.>

Yes I am in favor of affirmative action for any minority. If any organization has an opportunity to hire equally qualified candidates, hire the minority candidate if it is disporportionally represented in the org. This could be old white men in some fields. Diversity is  good in the workplace.

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 6:51pm
My husband's boss is female.... Just sayin', Lol.

 

 

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 6:49pm

chestnuthooligan wrote:
... I both stated that power is historically and disproportionally in the hands of while males. Do you disagree?

I agree.  How do you explain the rist to power of Marissa Mayer and Michelle Obama, Esq., Hillary Clinton, etc.?

"attribute all problems to the white male." Not really - most didn't know any better in the past, but feminists are schooling them, our daughters and our sons for a more equitable future. I quite like most men, and I'm married to a priviledged white male who's outearned by his feminist wife. He's taught me everything I know about negotiating salary and perqs in the workplace. </p>[/quote]

You're both living the American dream, even with you earning more and with men often being the decision makers w/re to hiring, pay.

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 6:49pm
My grandmother was of the generation that remembers life before social security too, She survived to tell that story too.

 


 


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