You might NOT be a feminist if…

If you look like this, you might NOT be a feminist

After making anti-women policies a hallmark of her short political career, Sarah Palin really wants to be a feminist.

Sarah Palin is making the rounds of the campaign scene, and trying to invent a “conservative feminism” along the way. While many real feminists are outraged at her audacity, few are willing to take a stand against allowing someone like Palin into our ranks. After all, isn’t feminism “supposed” to be about tolerance of all perspectives and all types of women?

Such a stance will only serve to create a world of feminist relativism, where the word means nothing.

There are certain actions that are simply fundamentally anti-feminist, that is, they threaten the freedom, equality, dignity, or rights of a various group of people. Certainly being “tolerant” and promoting “diversity” among our ranks cannot be more important than promoting standards of true equality and progressive social change.

Just being a woman does not make you a feminist, particularly if your policies and positions are blatantly anti-woman. For those who see Sarah Palin calling herself a feminist and are confused about what feminism really means in 2010, I not only argue, but insist, that Sarah Palin is no feminist. And to prevent further confusion I have come up with four sure-fire ways to know if you or someone you love is NOT a feminist: [Read more...]

Ask 20 Feminists Their Opinion & Get 20 Different Answers

women veteransI just have to rant for a second. Hang in there, OK?

“Feminism” does not exist as a singular ideology that always looks at any given subject in any particular way. Rather than reduce an analysis down to a universal conclusion, by and large, feminists hope to inject topics with larger perspectives that may be lost in dominant ideologies.

The beauty (and bane, on occasion) of feminism is that we are thinkers. We are generally people who think through things and who like to analyze situations/questions in ways that include perspectives that are normally left out of the mainstream–considerations for women, certainly, for people of color or LGBT people, or LGBT people of color, or people with disabilities or poor people, etc. Essentially, our aim is to expand the ways that people think of things to include more than just the concerns of wealthy, heterosexual, white men.

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