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Just so's you know, feminism IS about believing that all people should be treated equally.

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Johanna
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I'm a feminist because I fundamentally believe that for the world to be a better place for people of all genders, then men and women must be held to be of equal value.
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Ste-Funnie
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I'm a feminist, even if I were a man because...

a. Girls are no different than men just because they don't have a penis! Or should I say that they are obviously guys! Just without penises!

b. Women are human beings and just a different gender!

c. The strong shall NEVER hurt the weak!

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quote:
Originally posted by Ste-Funnie:
I'm a feminist, even if I were a man because...

a. Girls are no different than men just because they don't have a penis! Or should I say that they are obviously guys! Just without penises

I am super confused about what you meant by that. "Girls... are obviously guys! Just without penises."

Anyway, to answer the original question... I am a feminist because I believe in equality, and I believe in freedom, and I believe in learning from the past and teaching the future. I believe that my feminist foreparents, the brave people who set down this foundation of activism, did me a great service, and it is my job to keep building up those structures that empower, educate, and push boundaries so that those who come after me have an even more broad and solid structure to stand on and work from.

There is a FABULOUS quote by Si Kahn:

The more I study history
the more I seem to find
that in every generation
there are times
just like that time
when folks like you and me
who thought that we were all alone
within this honored movement
found a home

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eryn_smiles
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quote:
Originally posted by CoatRack:
I believe that my feminist foreparents, the brave people who set down this foundation of activism, did me a great service, and it is my job to keep building up those structures that empower, educate, and push boundaries so that those who come after me have an even more broad and solid structure to stand on and work from.


I really like this way of thinking too, Coatrack [Smile] . For example, each election, I am reminded of the hundreds and thousands of women who marched and were trampled and mobbed so that I would have the right to vote today. For that reason, I will always vote and I will always work towards improving womens rights until we are actually equal.

[ 01-02-2011, 12:20 AM: Message edited by: eryn_smiles ]

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One of the greatest gifts I have been given is the ability to talk to the elders in my various communities about their lives. To learn from them and to be able to thank them with my words and my actions. To let them know that their work will not be forgotten, and that what they did matters, just as what I am doing matters. Every generation, every person, who does something matters, because then nobody is starting from square 1. Sometimes it feels like we're starting from square, you know, N-2^3, but it *isn't* square 1.

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I'm a feminist because I believe that no one should be prevented from living their life however feels best to them, based on their gender. I believe that current political, legal and social structures prevent this and that its up to all of us to do something to change it so every woman can be free to live her life in whatever way she chooses.

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"Oh baby I said,
It's all in our hands,
Got to learn to respect,
What we don't understand,
We are fortunate ones,
Fortunate ones, I swear."


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The first time I called myself a feminist, I thought everyone was a feminist (I mean, who in their right mind WOULDN'T believe in equality for all???). I was dumbfounded when I found out that some people, in fact most of the people i knew, don't consider themselves feminists.

I still don't understand why anyone wouldn't be a feminist... I just can't wrap my head around it (I mean, who in their right mind wouldn't believe in equality for all?!?!?!). Over time I guess I must have internalized some of the stigma associated with feminism, because now every time I say I'm a feminist my heart beats a little bit faster and I get just a little bit hotter.

I'm a feminist because there are still people who aren't. I'm a feminist because for some strange reason, there is stigma attached to believing in equality for all.

Perhaps this is not an appropriate question for this forum, but why the heck wouldn't I be?

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I'm a feminist because no one at my highschool, none of my good friends, and certainly no one that I would jump into a conversation with understands it when I attempt to explain the subtle ways I have noticed and felt discrimination.
I'm a feminist because I know eventually, I'll have a voice. Or atleast some equally smart, capable young woman will. And because eventually, I dont think I'll be getting those crazy looks from people that don't understand--maybe it'll be the other way around.

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I believe in equality in individual power. When it comes down to it, everyone is a unique human being, and deserves certain basic undeniable rights. Some of the more privileged rights (that get lost when someone is convicted of breaking the law) can be taken away if their actions are proven to be profoundly negative, but the basic human rights should always exist for every person, and laws that counteract this should be changed and improved.

Actions tend to speak louder than words (though sometimes words do count as actions when used in certain ways in the public arena [Wink] ). But if what you do counteracts what you say, you are not being truthful to yourself or others.

I try to "pre-"judge people as little as possible. [Smile]

[ 06-01-2011, 07:50 AM: Message edited by: WesLuck ]

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...without genitals, everyone would be the same.

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