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 - 10:33am

Of COURSE you can! Equal pay is equal pay is equal pay.. and the woman on the factory line is just as deserving of making what her male counterpart is as  a female attorney is deserving to make what her male counterparts at the same level make.  parity is parity - it doesnt just exist for white collar jobs in fact it's even MORE crucial that it exist for blue collar and pink collar jobs, it's more desperately needed there than anywhere.

As our FLOTUS said at the convention this summer when someone helps you through a door you don't turn around and slam it behind you, you turn around and help someone else and to me that is a part of being a feminist.. you can't just be in it for people like you or for things that only affect your life... be in it for the waitress working the graveyard shift at Denny's with 3 kids in school,  be in it for the administrative assitant at the bank, be in it for the woman who magically empties your office trash each morning, be in it for the nurses and teachers,  be in it for us and be in it for our daughters and their daughters.   it's about all of us... all of us.

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:32am

Lol.

 


 


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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:32am

That one's gotta hurt. Frown

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:32am

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>Cool, Feminist sons.  And if SAH presents itself to one of them b/c mom is in a better paying field with more income potential then by all means he should consider it. </p>

You post that as if it were an "Ah HA! Gotcha!" moment.  I, for one, would be delighted to have a SAHH (assuming all the standard disclaimers wherein I could actually tolerate the dude and we wanted to be married, etc.)  It would certainly make my life much easier than it is now.  Why do you state the above as if it's a counter argument that should disprove what others have said in favor of gender equity in the workplace?

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:31am

puss_boo_kay wrote:
  Oh, Peachy's right!  I would be honored to help you with this.  You are not a professor.</p><p>All better? (I just love being able to be of service this way.)

Oh, absolutely.  That's why I said it.  I'm 100% unemployed! 

How about this one: ...*I* graduated from college....Wink

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:30am

Who is comparing "small jobs" to "corporate America"?

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:30am

thardy2001 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">bordwithyou</em> wrote:</div>I also have quite a few graduate students whom I must prepare for the realities of the job market. Pretending gender discrimination doesn't exist is not going to help them recognize and fight it.</blockquote></p><p>If you don't want someone here calling you a professor, why keep bringing up the fact that you're preparing graduate students for the job market?  Curious.</p>

Geez, Thank you! 

 

 

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:28am

thardy2001 wrote:
<p>I am NOT in fact a professor.  There, I said it.  Anyone else?  <img src="/forums/sites/all/libraries/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/img/smiley-wink.gif" alt="Wink" title="Wink" border="0" /></p>

Oh, Peachy's right!  I would be honored to help you with this.  You are not a professor.

All better? (I just love being able to be of service this way.)

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:28am

You can't compare a small job in a small cubicle to corporate America either. 

 

 

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:27am

Why wouldn't he consider it, IF that's what he and his spouse want?

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