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The "F" Word: Feminism

The "F" Word: Feminism

Dianne McDonald | Excelle

June 19, 2008

The “F” word? Many women do not feel comfortable saying it or relating to it, let alone embracing it, claiming it, and being proud of it. That very important “F” word is feminism.

So many of my female friends cringe at the word, and want to keep that label as far away from them as possible. When I proclaim, proudly, that I am a feminist, they look at me doubtfully. There is an outdated and incorrect image of what a feminists are: Angry, man-hating, bra-burning, banner waving, jail-bound women. That distorted image is a bit over the top. Beyond radical.

Feminism is not about hating men. It is not about oppressing any other social group. It’s about creating and maintaining equal rights and opportunities for women.

Some ladies I know want to, and make efforts to, attain equal pay compared to their male counterparts. That’s a feminist concept. Fund-raising for school and recreational teams for girls because they are often under funded, if financed at all: There’s another feminist concept.

The parent who teaches a son that it is unacceptable to strike a woman, or any one else for that matter: Feminism has roots there, too.

In fact, feminism is entrenched in family structure and dynamics.

Look around and raise your consciousness to the feminism that surrounds you. The “F” word is everywhere. Embrace the realization.

Hug a feminist today. Now that’s radical.


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    DianaW

    over 6 years ago

    210 comments

    Great article, I am guilty of cringing at the word feminism and appreciate you opening the door on what it really means to today's woman.

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    ShannonPDX

    over 6 years ago

    48 comments

    Accepting sexism as status-quo isn't controversial but feminism is? What an upside-down world we live in. Thank you for writing such a great article!

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    over 6 years ago

    Way to go, Dianne! I, too, am a proud feminist and I believe in giving feminism it's much needed "P.R. makeover". The many tenets feminism represents would do a world of good in a world going bad. I'm glad to know there are people like you speaking out.

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    Account Removed

    over 6 years ago

    Wonderful! So many have either vilified feminism or forgotten it's message. The message of inclusion and encouragement- not separation, male-bashing or elitism. Thank you Dianne!

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    katiej

    over 6 years ago

    190 comments

    I most emphatically did NOT mean to give this a thumbs down.
    The observations are right on! sorry for the slip of the thumb!

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