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hunnybunny888
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As I read through posts I get a feel that a lot of people have a lot of different views of what feminism is.
I can't say I'm well read on feminism or its history or any of that, but my belief was that; we live in a patriarchal (sorry forget how to spell!!) society, and that we would like to have matriarchal influences in positions of power as well as equal rights between men and women.

I don't know if that's the original, or if it's the base but there are alot more specifics or am i completely off?

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Surferchk07
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Everyone sees feminism as something a bit different, Personally I think its a woman who speaks her mind, Wants to be equal with man, not treated differently in society because she has a vagina. Also A woman who believes its a womans choice to choose what she does with her body. Just a very vocal woman about what she believes is feminist to me.

But theres this cool thing on AGA about it, you should read it, its pretty interesting:
http://www.allgirlarmy.org/feminism_is

It kinda has all these diff views on feminism. Thats also a really cool forum and site so you should check it out anyway.

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logic_grrl
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we live in a patriarchal (sorry forget how to spell!!) society, and that we would like to have matriarchal influences in positions of power as well as equal rights between men and women.

Just as a point of information:

Nope, feminism per se doesn't involve believing that we ought to have a matriarchy.

(You could probably find some people who define themselves as feminist and believe that, but it's not at all a mainstream feminist belief).

The goal of feminism is equality, not reversing the current system and having women oppress men.

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Heather
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Also, if you're earnestly interested in feminism, why NOT read up about it?

One book I really like to recommend as a primer for younger women which I think is just fantastic is "Manifesta" by Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner. It does an awesome job of distilling the basics per theory, giving you some good history of the feminist movement AND tying in current actions, organizations, initiatives, goals and theories.

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i call myself a feminist and i define that just as surferchk07 does really
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