Just wondering how feminism, sexism, and agnosticism work out on this site.
"Feminism is the belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.
Sexism against women (misogyny) is enduring, pervasive, systemic, cultural, and ingrained;
Men and women should have equal rights and opportunities;
Women are intellectual equals and social equals to men;
Women should be recognized and treated as equals to men;"
Depending on your definition, I'm either a feminist or a pro-feminist.
Feminism does not just look after the well-being of women. It is also vital for us queer men and trans people. Sexism is directly responsible for the bulk of prejudice and discrimination against the lgbt community. It is also hard for me to fathom how any father of a daughter would not want fair and equal opportunity for his daughter(s). And how can a nation fully flourish when over half the population is oppressed? Should be a no-brainer.
I just want to point out the silliness that some commenters here are so caught up in the "feminists are extremists" narrative based mainly on what they "witnessed" on the internet. OP didn't ask what your opinion was of the popular narrative (more of a smear campaign really) of how feminists tend to be portrayed in still-sexist society.
The OP was even kind enough to lay out a working definition for feminism, which said nothing about women being superior or men being evil: They wrote, "Feminism is the belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes." Do you agree with that? Congratulations, you're a feminist!
The term feminist is like atheist in that it elicits an emotional response with people when they hear the word. Both have a stigma and many people who are actually feminists don’t want to say they are, for fear of the label and the stigma that comes with it. I personally don’t give a shit what people think of my atheism, or feminism, but I understand some people do care. I know a lot of guys who think only women can be feminists, and they all want to destroy men. I’m not a fan of calling these things something different like non-religious or equal rights activist. I think education is key, because I believe inherently everyone seeks equality and most people want to help others achieve that. Embarace the terminology and help your fellow human, especially those that are oppressed.
Tired of all the 'man-hating feminists' comments. Maybe some times women are just tired and don't want to deal with our crap. Makes sense to me even if I sometimes feel threatened by that. If they need to get away from us guys sometimes then that's their choice! Me feeling threatened by that is MY issue. Definitely does not mean they are 'man-haters'. All feminism means is that women are as important as men. It's not that complicated.
I don't consider myself a feminist; others might because I consider all people equal and just as capable as any other person, don't see one's sex as a determining factor of capabilities or expectations and I don't believe that roles of the sexes need to limited or are in anyway predetermined.
Feminism is just a label and I'm not big on labeling people and don't like it or believe in it.
I believe in equality for everyone, and I think that should be a given for anybody.
However, I do have issues with post-modernist, third wave feminism. It no longer focuses on gender equality, and seems to try to demonize men for, often times, ridiculous reasons.
I’ve a couple of daughters, raised by their dad, who are simply ‘guy magnets.’ What they’ll constantly hear (and share with me) is how relieved guys are to find they lack a feminist agenda. They back down to no one - yet complement everyone, making any relationship ‘complete.’
...and if you’re looking for militant feminism … try Portland, Oregon.. Perhaps starting at the ‘women & women first’ bookstore The humor of ‘Portlandia,’ (my hometown) has a base in fact...
I believe in equality of the sexes and races, however I do NOT believe anyone is better than another. I have met too many women who state that they're a feminist that believes that men should be subjugated since they have done that to women for years/decades.
Well, technically yes. I don't often call myself that because it polarizes people shutting them down from listening to what I say and because half of the feminist population and I disagree on certain issues like pornography and prostitution. Then too many feminists make me feel alienated because I'm not a woman - I'm female sure - but I don't have the same gendered experiences as them dressing and acting the way I do nor do I interpret acts by men in the same way. If someone wanted to call me a feminist I wouldn't complain but I say my feminism falls under my humanism.
I ansered "alienated," but if anyone not close to me asks, I just tell them I am feminist because it's easier than explaining the nuances of my position.
I have an issue with the name "feminism" and the focus. I recognize that often men suffer just as much as women, and in many circumstances more so. Yet it's often ignored and not discussed, because it isn't considered as important as women's issues. Feminism has a failure to recognize the full spectrum of gender discrimination.
So I identify as egalitarian.
Blow this whole "feminism" thing! As hinted at by @kiramea I have seen too many women engage in misandry when claiming feminism: the language that such people use amount to a blanket condemnation of all men, and I have had enough of these half-wits lashing out at one half of humanity.
I think that modern feminist have lost their way in they focus on 1st world problems and ignore real issues that happening in the 3rd world. I believe in meritocracy and egalitarianism.
The issue that gets harped on about which annoys me most is the wage gap. It's not real; their is an earnings gap, and that is due to men tend to work longer and more hours, and tend to go into higher paid riskier jobs. When a feminist talks about the glass ceiling, I would counter what about the glass cellar, more men in dirty horrible jobs (sewage workers as an example) If you look at teaching were is the gender balance? [teachingtimes.com]