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“¦ the socialization of boys regarding masculinity is often at the expense of women. I came to realize that we donât raise boys to be men, we raise them not to be women (or gay men). We teach boys that girls and women are âless thanâ and that leads to violence by some and silence by many. Itâs important for men to stand up to not only stop menâs violence against women but, to teach young men a broader definition of masculinity that includes being empathetic, loving and non-violent. ”— Don McPherson, former NFL quarterback, feminist and educator
“My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone. I earnestly wish to point out in what true dignity and human happiness consists. I wish to persuade women to endeavour to acquire strength, of both mind and body, and to convince them the soft phrases, susceptibility of heart, delicacy of sentiment, and refinement of taste, are almost synonymous with epithets of weakness, and those beings who are only the objects of pity, and that kind of love which has been termed its sister, will soon become objects of contempt. Dismissing, then, those pretty feminine phrases, which the men condescendingly use to soften our slavish dependence, and despising that weak elegancy of mind, exquisite sensibility, and sweet docility of manners, supposed to be the sexual characteristics of the weaker vessel, I wish to show that elegance is inferior to virtue, that the first object of laudable ambition is to obtain a character as a human being, regardless of the distinction of sex, and that secondary views should be brought to this simple touchstone.”—
Mary Wollstonecraft, “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman”
Anyone who believes that Wollstonecraft’s essay isn’t relevant in the present day should refer to The Real Housewives of Orange County.
“SisterSong NYC Meeting: Speak Out: White Privilege in the Feminist Movement "I also want to extend an invitation to all who are interested in this conversation and taking a critical analysis of not only what we say in the movement but if our actions match what we say in solidarity. This will be an honest and respectful conversation where all in the room will have an opportunity to speak and reflect on privilege and racism and we hope to step away with some actions we can take as individuals and as a collective in addressing this." ~ Jasmine Burnett, Chair, SisterSong NYC ~ WHEN: Monday October 17, 2011 WHERE: Margaret Sanger Center 26 Bleecker St, New York TIME: 6-8PM This meeting is open to both Women of Color AND White Women. You must RSVP to attend this meeting at sistersongnyc "AT" gmail "DOT" com”—
Regarding females who are completely disgusted by being associated with the word "feminist".
No, not the movement, but the word. They misunderstand it; it provokes hostility, as so many females quickly shoot down any accusations of being a feminist. Their reasons for not wanting to be associated with “feminism” are always different: They think that it’s a negative movement… often-times they’ll associate being a feminist with being a complete turn-off to men… sometimes they are even convinced that men are superior to women, and deserve more opportunities than women. Or sometimes they are simply still stuck in the shallow idea of gender roles, and don’t see anything wrong with their mindset.
Feminism is equality. It’s a movement towards a more positive society. A world where any female can wear whatever the fuck she wants and not be judged for it. A world where females do not receive lower pay, simply because of their gender that has forever been viewed in a skewed light. A world where females are not categorized into demeaning, “feminine” roles. A world where females are acknowledged for having just as much strength and potential as males. The list goes on.
If you want ANY of the things I listed above, you are a feminist. I am sick of people my age (high school) having animosity towards the feminist movement, and I’m sick of females being ignorant to what it stands for. Females being against the feminist movement = internalized misogyny.