Here’s a thread to continue the discussion about feminism that is going on in the last thread. I can’t even comment on it anymore–there are almost 400 comments, and it doesn’t work for me.
What, in your opinion is feminism? And what is a feminist? Here are some basic definitions and a few questions to ponder.
Feminism is the belief in the right of women to have political, social, and economic equality with men. It is a discourse that involves various movements, theories, and philosophies which are concerned with the issue of gender difference, advocate equality for women, and campaign for women’s rights and interests.
1. the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.
2. (sometimes initial capital letter) an organized movement for the attainment of such rights for women.
3. feminine character.
The term ‘feminism’ has many different uses and its meanings are often contested. For example, some writers use the term ‘feminism’ to refer to a historically specific political movement in the US and Europe; other writers use it to refer to the belief that there are injustices against women, though there is no consensus on the exact list of these injustices. Although the term “feminism” has a history in English linked with women’s activism from the late 19th century to the present, it is useful to distinguish feminist ideas or beliefs from feminist political movements, for even in periods where there has been no significant political activism around women’s subordination, individuals have been concerned with and theorized about justice for women. So, for example, it makes sense to ask whether Plato was a feminist, given his view that women should be trained to rule (Republic, Book V), even though he was an exception in his historical context. (See e.g., Tuana 1994)
1. Are you a feminist if you attack other feminists and say they aren’t ideologically pure enough?
2. Are you a feminist if you support a politician who can empirically be demonstrated to be a misogynist?
3. Are you a feminist if you claim a demonstrably misogynistic man is a feminist?
4. Are you a feminist if you attack and lie about female politicians who don’t share your particular ideology?
5. If you are a feminist, is it reasonable to attack and tear down men who support equal rights for women simply because they don’t agree with your notion of feminist ideology?
6. Can you be a feminist and still support a demonstrably misogynistic man over a demonstrably feminist woman for high political office?
UPDATE: Another way of expressing what the quote at the top of this post says: “A feminist is a woman who doesn’t want to be treated like sh&t.” — quoted by Afrocity on The View from Under The Bus
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