Feminists for Choice
Here’s a video of random dudes on the street describing what feminism means to them.
What’s your response? What does feminism mean to you? And do you think that feminism is still relevant today?
To me, feminism is just being a good human. It’s respecting everyone’s right to exist peacefully and without fear of abuse – that means men, kids, women, monkeys, and KITTIES!
To me, being a Feminist is to live a world where I am free to do, try, say, be, explore, evolve and care in any which way I so choose. Having a vagina is not limiting but empowering. I have the freedom to choose what I wish to do with my body, be it what I wear, reproduction rights, decoration and my physicality. I have the right to vote, educate myself, work in any area of the workforce, travel and walk at night safely. Being a Feminist is the promotion and protection of these rights.
For me, feminism is about equality, and improving women’s lives. I think feminists should be concerned about race, class, sexuality, ableism, immigration status, and many other things that affect the quality of women’s lives.
I know that there is a trend to say that feminism is about humanity – and it is – but I think that we need to retain the primary emphasis on women, because it is a radical statement to say that women’s rights are human rights. If human rights were enough, then we wouldn’t be having a debate.
To me, feminism is about recognizing the value in differences where historically or currently power discrepancies and oppression have/do exist. It is important to recognize in particular, the struggles of the feminists who have come before us and their achievements, and to not take them for granted – suffrage and equal rights (on paper) were incredible challenges for our foremothers. We can honour these struggles by continuing to champion the cultural norms that still view women as the weaker, more delicate, less dedicated sex in many social arenas.
For me feminism is equality for women. The overall goal is equality for everyone but I think it should always focus on women.
*the woman in the video that denies her feminism is just sad. Her face while he possible husband was speaking about the need for a ‘man of the house’ was priceless.**
Feminism is about choice. Choice to be as militaristic or passive as you want. It’s not about other women or men making that choice for me, or telling me how to live or what to do or what not to do, but about the freedom to make my own choices without negativity or judgment from anyone.
Being a feminist is simply being a woman. I resent those that have used the feminist movement to score points for their own personal agenda or used feminism to berate men due to their own neuroses.
Men don’t hold women back, and we need never emulate them, because we are physically, biologically, genetically and neurologically different.
Recognizing those differences and embracing them, rather than denying they exist at all, seems more productive in the long run.
Feminism should be freedom from outward restrictions or societal pressures, which means every woman has the right to make choices for herself, without worrying about how others will react.
Feminists need to come out of the closet, so the speak. We can’t be afraid of using the word on the first date. There are good and bad ways to introduce the topic, so you just have to pick a more friendly way. I’d rather find out on a first date that a guy can’t cope than months down the road. I try and limit access to my fb because it can be a scary place for men who don’t know me personally. Other than that, I don’t shun the label (anymore).
Feminism to me means eliminating gender stereotypes for men and women. Feminism also means eliminating the glass ceiling stopping women who want children from advancing in their careers. What feminism does not mean to me is stomping men down so that women can rise. Feminism also doesn’t mean destroying “masculinity”, it means re-defining what that means.
For me, feminism is about respect, peace, equality and freedom. It is about being a good human and being a positive influence on society. It is about not being limited by our differences from men but about how those differences can be used to better society. Being a feminist isn’t a popular title but for me it means being an empowered and positive influence for those around me and society as a whole.
I am a feminist. I am also a mother of two boys. Raising boys as a feminist mother meant that I was the one who taught them how to throw a ball AND how to cook, all while emphasizing the need to be compassionate and thoughtful to ALL. I am proud to introduce myself as a feminist, because after some discussion I can usually have everyone nodding and agreeing with my interpretation:
Equal opportunities for education, careers, health care, birth control, the arts and sports, family support, parenting, and legal rights. Being considered for all opportunities not as a woman first, but as a qualified representative of the human race. Working toward peace and harmony for all of the world’s peoples.
My name is Jonquil, and I am a feminist
To me, Feminism is about embracing, empowering and celebrating my individuality as a woman. Being a woman should not be a disadvantage nor should it create certain boundaries.Feminism allows one to discover and recognize a unique aspect to their life. It is about accepting and respecting ourselves for who we are. Most importantly, feminism allows us the freedom to able to express what it means to us as individuals.
I am a feminist because there is more to life than making a tasty sandwich.
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