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Are You a Feminist

anonymous_29030anonymous_29030 Posts: 619Registered Users
I am! Neoliberal backlash has really done a number on feminism and I think we need to pry their fingers off it and take it back!

So, as part of my strategy :smile:, I took the Are You a Feminist quiz found on the same site where you can find your political profile in the thread posted by Koukla72.

It's a fairly simplistic quiz but it does cover many basic points. It also seems to be doing an equality feminist view but it sneaks some difference feminism in there. Felt it was a bit essentialist for not explicitly including other identity markers affecting female identity/experience such as race/ethnicity. It did marginally include sexual preference.

Anyhoo, here are my results:

You Are 100% Feminist
You are a total feminist. This doesn't mean you're a man hater (in fact, you may be a man). You just think that men and women should be treated equally. It's a simple idea but somehow complicated for the world to put into action.
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  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    I don't need a quiz to tell me. I am proud to be a feminist.
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  • anonymous_29030anonymous_29030 Posts: 619Registered Users
    Awesome Geeky!

    In this day and age so many people are afraid to be, or are uncomfortable being, identified with feminism. I blame the neoliberal blacklash!

    It's important that more feminists identify themselves because it gives a bit of an omph to the movement again and I do think the movement is in need of more support.
  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    Of course I'm a feminist. I know very few self-respecting women who aren't, even if some of them would never refer to themselves that way.

    Most of my women friends proudly call themselves feminists, however. And most of my male friends are feminists as well.
    You are a total feminist. This doesn't mean you're a man hater (in fact, you may be a man).

    The mentality this is addressing drives me insane, and it's sooooo prevalent now. They are right to call people's attention to it, even though it grates to be reminded of how misguided some people have become about the word "feminist."

    I agree that it's some sort of backlash that makes people recoil at the very word. In short, it keeps women in their place to marginalize and ridicule a philosophy that simply aspires for women to be equal. How ridiculous! That many women themselves —true, actual feminists in their every action — have fallen prey to that backlash mentality is disheartening.
  • anonymous_29030anonymous_29030 Posts: 619Registered Users
    My favorite quote about claiming feminist sensibilities:

    For, as helpful as it is to be reminded that “[W]omen”, like other “others”, is
    socially constructed, the [W]omen whose lives are shaped by that construction,
    as it intersects with others, do indeed exist. They exist subordinated to [M]en;
    poor more than [M]en; physically and sexually abused, more than [M]en; paid less than [M]en; promoted less than [M]en; employed and managing a home, more than [M]en; raising the children, more than [M[en;under-performing relative to their male peers, in academic and professional settings; exploited, denigrated, and stereotyped in popular cultural imagery, more than [M]en; assigned the cultural function of reflecting [M]en “at twice their natural size.” They exist,
    sometimes colluding in their subordination, sometimes resisting it, using
    whatever their circumstances offer to piece together a life. And feminists
    while continuing to acknowledge, celebrate, and support the investigation of all the “differences” that divide and constitute both [M]en and [W]omen, need not
    be embarrassed and should not be afraid, to describe our work as being about
    [W]omen, and to imagine that our work is of a kind in which we have a special
    competence, and a special stake.
    Clare Dalton
  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    You bet.
  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users Curl Novice
    But of course!
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  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,983Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Yes, I'm a feminist. I remember when I first started job hunting years ago, the NY Times was divided into 2 sections: Male Female .

    I never saw a female

    Policeperson
    Fireperson
    Judge
    Priest/Rabbi, etc.
    Cabdriver
    Busdriver
    Waitstaff person in a higher class restaurant, even a coffee shop
    Doctor

    No male
    Nurses
    Grade school teachers
    Air flight attendants

    When I got my first job all the women were called by their first names and the men by their last names. All the "bosses" were men; the secretaries were women.
    I had to wear skirts every day, even in freezing weather.

    This list could continue, but suffice to say, I am a feminist!
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  • SaroyanSaroyan Posts: 398Registered Users
    Yeah, I'm a feminist. I don't blame neoliberalism, though; I'd be curious what the reasoning is behind that.

    According to the quiz I'm 95 percent feminist, only because I'm not sure I believe anyone has the "right" to be a stay-at-home parent (question 7, "Women should have the right to choose any path in life - from being a stay at home mom to a Fortune 500 CEO"). If you can make it work financially and your partner is on board with it, go right ahead, but I wouldn't consider it a universal human right to be financially supported by somebody else.
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
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  • anonymous_29030anonymous_29030 Posts: 619Registered Users
    Eilonwy wrote: »
    Yes, I am definitely a feminist. I've identified as one since a very young age, and I diligently do my own small part to smash the patriarchy :D

    Also I consider myself an ally in smashing other aspects of the kyriarchy :)

    Eilonwy: thanks for addition to my vocab - I know I will be mulling this over for quite some time. I LOVE new information especially if it is illuminating!
  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
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  • SaroyanSaroyan Posts: 398Registered Users
    That was very well put, Eilonwy. I've read about the concept of the kyriarchy but don't often think to use the word; perhaps I should start to.
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  • anonymous_29030anonymous_29030 Posts: 619Registered Users
    Eilonwy wrote: »
    ^^ A lot of people use "patriarchy" the way "kyriarchy" is used. But I think "kyriarchy" is more useful because "kyri" isn't a well-known prefix. A lot of people think that "the patriarchy" refers to some kind of conspiracy of "partriarchs" who scheme to keep women down. "Kyriarchy" is, at least for the present, free of such associations.

    "Kyriarchy" (or "patriarchy" if used in the same way) recognizes the intersectionality of various kinds of privilege, such as racial and class privilege. Some people care about just one aspect of the kyriarchy, such as gay men who just want male privilege, or white women who just want white privilege. But opposing the kyriarchy means taking a stance against the overall system of oppression in society.

    Well then it is even more perfect for me!
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'm a proud feminist. So is my husband. I don't know what neoliberalism is, but I don't blame it for the backlash against feminism. I blame religious leaders and asholes like Rush Limbaugh, and his ilk, who put feminists in the same category as killers and rapists, when they bloviate and pontificate and look for blame for the world's ills.
  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
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  • automaticflowersautomaticflowers Posts: 3,465Registered Users
    Absolutely, I'm a feminist. It kind of burns my ass when some women go out of their way to make it clear they're not feminists, since they've undoubtedly benefited from the hard work done by feminists in older generations.

    It also burns my ass that so many people equate feminism to man-hating. Just an attempt to shame women out of fighting for equal rights. "Oh, of course I don't hate men! Here, take your privilege back with my sincerest apologies." Nope.
  • anonymous_29030anonymous_29030 Posts: 619Registered Users
    Eilonwy wrote: »
    I'm a proud feminist. So is my husband. I don't know what neoliberalism is, but I don't blame it for the backlash against feminism.
    Neoliberalism isn't what most people would consider liberal. It's basically an update of classical, 18th century-style liberalism. It's all about free markets and private enterprise. Actually, I'm not really sure about how it relates to feminism.

    Responsibilization (variation of the protestant work ethic) is integral to neoliberalism. Everyone is responsible for their own achievements and social location/power/dynamics play no part in that equation. So Women's subordination/exclusion is unrelated to male privilege, and Women's disadvantage is purely a result of the individual Woman's choices.

    Neoliberalism, via the responsibilization thesis, undermines feminism's criticism of male domination, just as it does negatively racialized people's criticism of racism.
  • anonymous_29030anonymous_29030 Posts: 619Registered Users
    Absolutely, I'm a feminist. It kind of burns my ass when some women go out of their way to make it clear they're not feminists, since they've undoubtedly benefited from the hard work done by feminists in older generations.

    It also burns my ass that so many people equate feminism to man-hating. Just an attempt to shame women out of fighting for equal rights. "Oh, of course I don't hate men! Here, take your privilege back with my sincerest apologies." Nope.

    Love this post!

    Ass burning is good, keeps us focused and alert to what's going on.

    I thank all the Women who came before and fought for all the things I now take for granted like greater reproductive freedom, job choices, protection from various expressions of male violence, and the esteem to know that I am entitled to all of these things and more.

    They were much braver than I but I try to do my small part whenever/wherever possible as I am sure all of us responding to this thread do.
  • BekkaPooBekkaPoo Posts: 3,861Registered Users
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    Definitely. :toothy7: I used to read a lot of bell hooks when I was in high school. The pic above is a piece I did dedicated to the baddest bad girl of the 70s (IMO).. Prof. Angela Davis.
    "The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
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  • anonymous_29030anonymous_29030 Posts: 619Registered Users
    BekkaPoo wrote: »
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    Definitely. :toothy7: I used to read a lot of bell hooks when I was in high school. The pic above is a piece I did dedicated to the baddest bad girl of the 70s (IMO).. Prof. Angela Davis.

    Your artwork is gorgeous! Didn't know you were an artist. Big fan of both Angela Davis and bell hooks. Really like Alice Walker too ... never could get myself to switch from feminist to womanist although I am sure it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

    My intellectual inspiration now comes from these two: Rachel Moran and Richard Delgado.

    Must say I have always been really intrigued by chicana feminism. Love Chela Sandoval Really appreciate her concept of de-colonial feminism.

    Also will always be touched by Gloria Anzaldua. Really appreciate the depth of emotion and originality in her work as well as her fierce yet quiet commitment to her own voice. Her concept of mestiza consciousness speaks to me very deeply.
  • SaroyanSaroyan Posts: 398Registered Users
    That's beautiful, BekkaPoo. Thanks for sharing!
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  • itsKelCeeEeeitsKelCeeEee Posts: 1,084Registered Users
    More women are feminists than we realize; it's just that the word's been given such a negative connotation that people hear it and think of ugly, hairy, men hating women who can't get laid, which is the furthest thing from the truth. I am a proud feminist, and it's not because I think women are better; I simply want to be recognized as an equal. I don't think wanting to be paid the same amount as my counterparts, pushing for better childcare (and I don't have kids!) and disliking the horror known as "rape culture" is a bad thing, but maybe that's just me. I also despise the roles that men are pressured into (they have their disadvantages too). I mean, we're just all people, ya know? :toothy8:
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  • BekkaPooBekkaPoo Posts: 3,861Registered Users
    Glad you liked Gabi and Saroyan.. I would love to do a series of portraits of my feminist sheroes. Alice Walker is among them too -- she's so beautiful and expressive..she'd be a great subject.

    And ITA with itsKelCeeEee.
    "The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
    "...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
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  • BoomygrrlBoomygrrl Posts: 4,940Registered Users
    More women are feminists than we realize; it's just that the word's been given such a negative connotation that people hear it and think of ugly, hairy, men hating women who can't get laid, which is the furthest thing from the truth. I am a proud feminist, and it's not because I think women are better; I simply want to be recognized as an equal. I don't think wanting to be paid the same amount as my counterparts, pushing for better childcare (and I don't have kids!) and disliking the horror known as "rape culture" is a bad thing, but maybe that's just me. I also despise the roles that men are pressured into (they have their disadvantages too). I mean, we're just all people, ya know? :toothy8:


    Amen, sister!
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  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,983Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Boomygrrl wrote: »
    More women are feminists than we realize; it's just that the word's been given such a negative connotation that people hear it and think of ugly, hairy, men hating women who can't get laid, which is the furthest thing from the truth. I am a proud feminist, and it's not because I think women are better; I simply want to be recognized as an equal. I don't think wanting to be paid the same amount as my counterparts, pushing for better childcare (and I don't have kids!) and disliking the horror known as "rape culture" is a bad thing, but maybe that's just me. I also despise the roles that men are pressured into (they have their disadvantages too). I mean, we're just all people, ya know? :toothy8:


    Amen, sister!
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  • CurliesFTW_xoCurliesFTW_xo Posts: 111Registered Users
    LOL this is funny, my boyfriend told me i was a feminist just the other day.
    My were results were 90% which means im a total feminist.
    I guess he was right?! ahah :D

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  • BekkaPooBekkaPoo Posts: 3,861Registered Users
    A sad bit of forgotten/unpublicized civil rights history. Will she ever get justice? It's been over 50 years..

    Recy Taylor: A Symbol of Jim Crow's Forgotten Horror
    It's unclear what legal options the family has today, but because Alabama has no statute of limitations on rape, McGuire posits that Taylor's case could potentially be reopened if the assailants are still alive. "There may be a possibility that they could sue the county or sheriff's department for obstruction of justice, given the cover-up," she said. "A creative attorney could certainly find a way."

    I guess she was "asking for it" since she was a black woman walking home minding her business after church with a group of friends. /sarcasm
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  • itsKelCeeEeeitsKelCeeEee Posts: 1,084Registered Users
    BekkaPoo wrote: »
    A sad bit of forgotten/unpublicized civil rights history. Will she ever get justice? It's been over 50 years..

    Recy Taylor: A Symbol of Jim Crow's Forgotten Horror
    It's unclear what legal options the family has today, but because Alabama has no statute of limitations on rape, McGuire posits that Taylor's case could potentially be reopened if the assailants are still alive. "There may be a possibility that they could sue the county or sheriff's department for obstruction of justice, given the cover-up," she said. "A creative attorney could certainly find a way."

    I guess she was "asking for it" since she was a black woman walking home minding her business after church with a group of friends. /sarcasm

    That...is absolutely, terribly disgusting.
    That poor woman. Having to live with that all these years, and nothing being done to those men...I can't even.
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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,742Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Wow...

    I'm a "70% Feminist."

    You are certainly a feminist - whether you know it or not.
    You believe in gender equality, at least most of the time. You also believe there are a few exceptions.

    I would've never thought of myself as a feminist.
    montage-3.gif No MAS.

    I am the new Black.

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