Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Are You A Feminist? Poll



I placed a new poll in the upper left column that simply asks Are you a feminist? A simple question on a topic that people in the atheist community, well, have strongly differing opinions on.  I haven't defined what feminism is or how its relationship to us, and that is intentional, because I want to know what you think on the matter. That being the case, feel free to place your *polite and well thought out comments below. I will undoubtedly add my own as time goes by.


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(* there will no none of this ripping into each other nonsense)

11 comments:

  1. You mean we don't get to argue over the definition and whether men can be feminists? I'm voting no because I'm not convinced it makes sense to think of men as feminists, and I prefer to describe myself as pro-feminist. I think women should own the feminist label, and I support feminism without needing to claim the label for myself.

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    1. Well, I thought about how to frame the question so that we could get to how people self-identify, rather than fighting about who is a "real" feminist.

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  2. Unfortunately the more I read about feminism and how it's used and treated, the more I want to define myself as a womanist. I'm going to vote no simply because a lot of the current feminist rhetoric isn't as intersectional as I'd like.

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  3. I voted "yes", but I never refer to myself as such. I have always operated under the assumption that Humanism implies equal rights for all regardless of...anything.

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    1. It's funny you should say that. I was out drinking (funny how many of my stories start that way) with my wife and a friend of hers, and I was ranting about patriarchy and its relationship with religion. However, I shrink from calling myself a feminist. I may at times use the term, but it leaves me the distinct feeling that I had stated something quite wankerish.

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  4. I said no, because while I agree with both vjack and Timid, I'm not a feminist per se, I'm pro-equality across the board. Everyone should be equal. Men and women should be equal. Blacks and whites should be equal. Gays and straights should be equal. It seems a bit absurd to care about one form of equality and not the others.

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  5. Damn right and more. I like the comment above about Humanism but it seems to me that as a society we take these issue one at a time rather than all at once. We need to keep chipping away at the barriers that prevent equality. If we can't agree on a group that constitutes 50% of our population, how are we going to move forward. Vote Yes!

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  6. I still identify as a feminist despite accusations to the contrary.

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  7. Personally, I haven't the faintest idea why anyone would self-identify as a feminist. If you want to promote gender equality, I think it churlish to do so from a gender specific frame of reference.

    I voted 'no', of course. I believe in equality regardless of gender.

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  8. So nice to see many of my cyber firends here. Feminist is one of those basterdized words that has gain additional meaning and emotions thru the decades. I define it as just and only wanting, believing in equal rights for Team Female. It's like the word atheist. It really only means not believing in god(s). all the other stuff, the hating religions, militant atheist, angry stuffs, that is in addition to (original meaning). the same goes for feminist, or environmentalist. those words are loaded, now. I'am certainly am feminist and proudly describe myself as so. I believe that women should have equal everything, rights, pay, whatevah. Not only believe, I want. so there.

    Heart Kriss

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  9. I say HELL YES! Because my definition of feminism is pro-CHOICE for women.

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