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Jul 13, 2021 07:00PM
Jul 13, 2021 07:01PM
Thanks, everyone, for your input. There's a few points I need to make:
I will be transparent here and tell you that I messaged the Moderators and asked them for some clarity about the direction this thread started going in. They gave great advice:
They suggested that since the definition of feminism I gave was not precisely how everyone interprets the word/ideaology, I could ask:
"What does feminism mean to *you*?"
I think that's a most excellent question and one that in my humanness did not think to ask. The definition I gave was never intended to be some rigid, unquestionable interpretation. That's why I used the phrase "in general". One meaning of the word "general" from Merriam-Webster means "not confined by specialization or careful limitation", and that's why I specifically used the word.
As to the definition I gave "feminism": "the belief in full social, economic, and political equality and opportunities for all genders. It's about respecting diverse women's experiences, identities, knowledge and strengths, and striving to empower all women to realise their full rights."
These are not my own words but a combination of descriptions I gleaned from a couple of different websites. They are as follows:
This one from Britannica:
This one from International Women's Development Agency https://iwda.org.au/learn/what-is-feminism/
Also, when I replied to illimae's post in regards to women, men and feminism, I used this website's explanation about how feminism works towards equality, not female superiority. You may think otherwise, but this is how I view it, and that's why I used their words:
Now it's easy to confront me and say everything I've written about feminism is only my opinion, but I am just a tiny little grain of sand in the universe. Maybe take your argument up with Britannica?
One more thing. I've read a couple of Brené Brown's books and watched her TED talk on video. She likes to say how great it is to be vulnerable and tells some wonderful stories of people who've shown their vulnerabilities and it was somehow positively life changing/life affirming or something for them. Well, I was being very vulnerable when I began this thread on feminism. Never seems to fail, tho, that when I allow myself to be unguarded, I get attacked. I'm not sure why that is, but that's my experience with vulnerability and that's my experience on this thread.
Betrayal, I appreciate your graceful way of asking Moth to offer "her definition of gender critical rad/fem so we can understand your stance. This is not a criticism but a chance for my own growth."
Moth, thanks for your thirty second soundbite (your definition, not mine) of your description of Gender critical feminism. Yes, I read it. Had to read it a few times to understand it, but it was insightful.
To everyone: I plan to edit my original post to include the question "What does feminism mean to you?" I will wait until tomorrow to adjust that, but when I do, I will make note that it is an edit. For now, I will say that the definition of feminism I gave in the OP reflects my opinion of what it means and that it may have different meanings to others.
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