Radical Feminist Cheers

For me, feminism is about promoting and supporting activism on policital issues facing women. There are different kinds of feminists, some more radical than others. Sometimes, I am all I am woman, hear me roar. Sometimes, I am not so loud, but still as effective in speaking my mind.

I recently became the advisor for a feminist student group at the college where I work. While going through a box of old supplies for the group, I came across this xeroed sheet of Radical Cheers. While I can't see myself going out shouting them, I don't even fully agree with all of the words, I do think they are interesting. So, I'm sharing them with you. I have no idea who wrote them. I've found some of them on the internet, or at least variations of them, but not all. I hope you enjoy!

The Radical Cheers

Body Image Cheer

You’re not my ideal, your hips DON’T SET THE SCORE
 
‘cuz sticks and bones ain’t what I’m striving for!
 
Flippin’ through VOGUE, WHAT A BORE!!
 
Ladies, PLEASE! Let’s EAT More!
 
I got booty in the back and a lot UP FRONT
 
My secret is . . . I EAT LUNCH!
 
Now I’m feeling Healthy and ready to RIOT
 
Against those demands that I need to DIET!
 
I WILL TAKE UP SPACE AND LOVE MY SIZE
 
CUZ FAT AND FABULOUS IS ON THE RISE!
 
 
Fat and fabulous is on MY THIGHS! 

My thoughts: Okay, so it is a fun cheer. I agree that girls and women are offered a skewed and ridiculous body image model…but, I’m also all about healthiness. We come in all different shapes and sizes, but women need to be health: body, mind, and soul.

Riot Don’t Diet

RIOT DON’T DIET
 
GET UP GET OUT AND TRY IT
 
RIOT DON’T DIET
 
GET UP GET OUT AND TRY IT
 
Hey girl (clap clap clap)
 
Get yer face outta that magazine
 
You are more than a beauty machine!
 
You’ve got anger soul and more
 
Take it to the street and let it roar!!
 
RIOT DON’T DIET
 
GET UP GET OUT AND TRY IT
 
RIOT DON’T DIET
 
GET UP GET OUT AND TRY IT
 
Uh-Uh (clap clap clap)
 
IF Cosmo makes you sick and pale
 
You know what you need to do
 
MOLOTV COCKTAIL!
 
Liberate the beauty queen
 
Burn the bibles of the fashion scene
 
LET’S (CLAP) GET (CLAP) MEAN!!!!
 

Stacie says: Again, totally agreeing with the whole body image thing. I generally try not to be angry, but experience has taught me that sometimes anger can be a powerful motivator.

Armpit Hair Love

Raise those arms up in the air

Let me see that armpit hair!

We don’t shave or use that Nair

Cuz sleek and sheek we Just Don’t Care!

We’re….HAIRY!

We’ve got hairy legs, we’re hairy!

We got hairy pits, we’re hairy!

We got hairy crotches and we pick our noses too!

 
UHHHHH!
 
 

I think: Body hair is super cool. It is totally natural. When the weather is hot, I'll get rid of some of my body hair, but not all. I would never do something painful though!

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Earth Angel 8 years ago

GREAT and Fun Hub Stacey!! I was a little girl at the time but I remember hearing some of those cheers!! Blessings to the women who came before us and paved the way for us to choose our lives our way!! I am woman, hear me roar!! Feminist Blessings to you!! Earth Angel!!


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Isabella Snow 8 years ago

I didn't know there were feminist cheers, LOL. I don't mind feminism, I only mind when the women are bitter feminists. The kind who are really just manhaters looking for a group to sympathize with them. Hate that lot. But am all for the basics and rights etc. Good hub!


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

You know, not only women are feminists. You shouldn't mind feminism, considering it is in support of equal rights for women. However, I know what you mean about certain, extreme cases of feminists. Like anything, the crazies are scary.


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livelonger 8 years ago from San Francisco

Yes but the "crazies" were the trailblazers, too. I don't know how many "crazy feminists" really exist anymore. I feel like the manhater label is applied a little too liberally these days (look at what people say about Hillary Clinton!)


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

I disagree, livelonger. There were/are the trailblazers, then there are the crazies. There are definitely different kinds of feminist beliefs--some I would never go for, but many I support. I certainly hope people realize that being a feminist does not mean you are a man hater. That is as silly as saying people who are pro-choice are pro-abortion or anti-life: totally NOT the case.


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About-The-Home 8 years ago

What do feminists strive for?

To be equal to men? Hey why?

You can't be equal if you need to be a feminist. When you can forget you're different, only then you can be yourself.

What's stopping you choosing to live your life your way? Surely not men?


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

About-The-Home: You may need to understand a definition of feminism - the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.

It is not simply about women being equal to men, but all sexes being give the same, equal choices. Yes, I can choose to live my life a certain way. However, if there are political, economic, and social inequalities out of my control that keep me from living the way I choose, there is a problem.

And, guess what? Equality does not mean we are the same. Women and men are different, so it would be ridiculous to forget we are different. Being different does not mean we shouldn't have equal rights.

I'm a feminist and proud of it. Although a lot has changed, and continues to change, the world will always be full of feminists, both male and female.


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About-The-Home 8 years ago

There are a lot of things stopping me from making choices but I don't have to be a masculist.

Sometimes it's better to be a woman, sometimes it's better to be a man.

When you say all sexes, surely you mean both sexes.


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

ATH: Men can be feminists as well. And, I chose to say "all" instead of "both" for a reason. Perhaps you should study up on gender issues.

Nobody is telling you you have to be any "ist", but I don't see why you are coming off as so unsupportive of other people's rights to assert themselves.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

men can be feminists too, so true.


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

Yes, Bob, are you a feminist?


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Isabella Snow 8 years ago

I understand your point, I suppose Im more talking about *how* one goes about fighting for equal rights. Steinem and the lot went overboard in many cases, which has since spawned the metrosexual, etc. Its one thing to fight for equality, its another to bash men in the process and spit on them for evening opening a door. Which is what a LOT of "feminists" do. Ive come to dislike the term for this exact reason. I like equality, but a lot of feminists think this means chivalry is an insult. Im not one of them. I also think most women who call themselves feminists dont really know what the word means. (Not you, obviously - just in general. Quite a few bizarre sites dedicated to it!)


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

Yes, I do believe I am.


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

Bob: that is fabulous!

Isabella, just as you say a LOT of feminists bash males, I have to say a LOT do not. Plus, I also think a lot of people are feminists without even knowing it.

Of course there are people who take things too far, in any and every situation. Why don't you redefine your meaning of feminism by applying it to your life the way you see fit? (This last comment is for everyone.)


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Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

Wow, what a discussion you got here!

To my disappointment, though, I'm not a feminist, and don't support fenimism. I don't believe in human rights, so I don't see anything to fight for. I believe men and women are different by creation, and cannot be made equal in any other sense, too.

Most of all I believe *all* our problems are internal, not external - thus I don't believe in communism, socialism, and a bunch of other "izms" either...


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

My My My what is the big deal ? We are all children of God...so if we just remember that, things might go better. Trust in yourself ,live each day to it's fullest and pray. Hey guess who's back G-Ma :O) hugs ( p.s. Stacie don't tell you know who ok?)


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Misha hi...Been missing you and I see we were on the same thought wave here. Very good discussion though. G-Ma :O) hugs


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

Misha, why is it to your disappointment? What an odd thing to say because you get to choose what you believe in and support.

We are all responsible for our own choices, but we also all live in societies where some things are out of our control. We are all different in many ways. That doesn't mean we don't deserve equal opportunities.

Grandma, nice to see you back...but I don't "know who"--are you keeping secrets? And, what is the big deal? Well, there was a time when women could not legally own property in the United States. If feminists (because there were feminists before it was a word) had not made it so women could legally own land, where would you be today? It affects you whether you choose to see it or not.


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gamergirl 8 years ago from Antioch, TN

Freedom of choice, regardless of gender, social standing, income, religion or preference in pizza toppings.. that's what I think about when I read these kinds of hubs. Very nice to read, especially the comments. :D


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

gamergirl: I agree. Feminism isn't the only issue. Glad you are enjoying reading this.


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Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

Hi G-Ma :)

Glad you are back, and glad even more we are on the same page :)

Stacie,

Disappointment is because I'm in disagreement with most people on this thread - people that I love and respect. It is because you don't see what I see, and it is beyond my power to get the message through...

We don't control or own anything in this world Stacie, even our own bodies - let alone something external... Try to stop your heart just for a secs to prove me wrong

And there is no such thing as equal opportunity. Everybody is presented with his/her very own unique challenges and opportunities...


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

Misha, we tend to disagree on these things, as I've noticed before. Of course, you are able to have your opinion. It is when your opinion becomes law that controls my opportunities and choices that it becomes a serious issue. You are not sticking to the issue, but taking it to a different level, so debating with you is just silly. You don't stay on topic.


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Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

I was not debating Stacie, I just tried to explain why I'm disappointed :)


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

I know you weren't debating. I simply said it is silly to debate with you.

I'm glad you explained why you were disappointed because your explanation is very different from how it was represented when you first wrote it.


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gamergirl 8 years ago from Antioch, TN

I love you all, feminists or not.


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

Spreading the love!

By the way, what do you all think of the chants? As a creative writer, I see room for improvement.


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gamergirl 8 years ago from Antioch, TN

As a poet, I think that given the right amount of energy, they're corny but fun.


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Isabella Snow 8 years ago

I'm sure you're right, that a lot do not. Unfortunately, those aren't the ones who make the news. ;)


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khartley 8 years ago from Utah

Well- I am not sure I am a feminist in the radical feminism the title of your hub indicates but I am way down with Respect.

I thought radical feminists were mostly marxist and thought capitalism was all about men's need to control and exploit. College was a while ago...I guess if you are a radical feminist you may wanna take all those capitalist links off your hub! ;) Naaaah...

What is you definition of radical feminism?


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Possum 8 years ago

I am Woman hear me purr? perhaps this is a less radical approach.


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

I stated above that the definition of feminism is the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.

Radical feminists tend to be more militant in their approach, thus the force behind the cheers displayed in this hub.

I also want to point out that feminists oppose the system of patriarchy, not men. As with institutionalized racism, it is more about the overall structure that is a problem, more than individual issues.

From About.com: "Radical feminism opposes patriarchy, not men. To equate radical feminism to man-hating is to assume that patriarchy and men are inseparable, philosophically and politically."

Radical feminists don't believe making change in the existing political system will be effective. Other kinds of feminists, myself included, do believe it can be effective.

Thanks again to everyone for your comments on this subject.

And, I only purr when it feels good.


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khartley 8 years ago from Utah

No, don't get me wrong, I don't wanna get scratched! I was really more asking your personal take on RF. It's nice to see you work for a solution from within.....Peace.


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

khartley, I wouldn't scratch you. I'm really glad you asked because it gave me an opportunity to collect my thoughts and express them.


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States

Interesting hub! I am not sure what anyone would label me on the feminist chart. I fully believe that we should have the same rights as men and equal pay for an equal job, etc. However, I definitely don't hate men, otherwise I would not be married to my soulmate. And I love feeling like I am respected as a woman when a man opens a door for me or when he helps me lift something heavy, things of that nature. That's why I love this country! We can have the best of both sides! lol

Bonnie Ramsey


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

Bonnie, those beliefs would make you a feminist, but not a man-hater. I'm the same. I love being a woman and feeling feminine, but I also deserve the same rights as everyone else.


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Isabella Snow 8 years ago

I'm curious.. what rights do women not have today? In the country you live in, I mean. Serious question.


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

Isabella, it is a good question. Technically, legally, we do have equal legal rights. There are still equalities that need to be fought for--like equality in the workplace (that is only one example).


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

Feminist cheers, that's classic...I'm having a "Yeah, I believe George Bush is really a Texas rancher" moment. My wife actually was a cheerleader in high school, I will have to run these past her before I can comment further (because, of course, feminism, in a distorted form, reigns in my house).


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

Peter, find out if there are any dances to go along with the cheers.


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

No dances, but the armpit hair cheer does have a lot of leg kicks and hand waving gestures, apparently.


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

Ha! I'd love to see it. Maybe a video is in order.


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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

Great hub and comments, we should just respect and appreciate each other, then there should be no problems.


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Rapidwriter 8 years ago from UK

I thought of many different responses to your magnificent hub but as I progressed down the page, I saw they'd all been made already.  So, yes, I was one of those early feminists in the 70s - actually in a job, working harder as an editor and getting paid less than my male colleagues - and getting asked to make the tea when the 'secretary bird' wasn't there - even when my own, male, assistant was present.   So, yes, I worked hard in my job and at trying to establish equal rights in the fields of publishing and journalism - and no, most of us certainly didn't want to supplant the patriarchy with matriarchy - that would be like adopting the principles we oppses - but it gives me a kick when see, as Isabella points out, that we don't need to fight for for obvious rights as we once did.  And as for hating men - certainly to borrow (and convert) a male phrase. 'I adore men.' 

Great hub, Stacie.


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Sean Leong 6 years ago from Malaysia

Stacie,

I am brand new in Hubpages. I notice that the last comment was made 2 years ago, so I am kind of late to make comments.

I believe in equality for both sexes. However I hope women will not go overboard like those hard-core bra-burning feminists.

Well, women out there, you know what? I love women with natural armpit and pubic hair. On top of that, no unnatural perfume please. Just natural womanly body scent.


almorr 4 years ago

Never too late Stacie, two years or two hours, I don't change my mind about natural, beautiful women. I would not encourage bra-burning feminists, but I love women who are natural, do not shave armpit or pubic hair, or mess around with their eyebrows, and that is the kind of girl I married.

After my wife has a shower of bath, she puts on a little body scent, not much, we then have supper listening to romantic music, she smells lovely, we then go to bed, you can guess what happens next! Well, lets put it this way, we eventually get to sleep in two hours, that was fantastic.


raj 4 years ago

Why should someone be feminist to be equal rather being a human? There is nothing wrong in calling onself as human. The concept of feminism itself is so ambiguous and political. When I say it political, that is more dangerous than violence.

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