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Why do so many confuse Feminism with Misandry?


Misandry is the hatred of men, feeling that men are beneath women. Feminism is not that. Although some radical feminists may feel that way, the definition of a feminist is "the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men." I see a lot of media demonizing feminism with hate terms like "Feminazi" Does the media help fuel this misunderstanding for sensationalism? It saddens me to see women distance themselves from the word Feminist. It's what our great, great grandmothers risked their lives for and what we are still working toward today.

 

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    I see your point, but in most instances people are called out. For example not all white men are considered racists even though the Klan happens to be comprised of white men. It's silly to me to demonize feminism due to the actions of a few.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    Agree, the fact it's now such a hot button word is very unfortunate as is the original intent being lost. I tend to believe it's been by design to just keep women "a little" in their place - but perhaps I'm biased too.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    I can see your point on the whole mountains out of molehills thing and it does get carried away sometimes, but other issues are very important (equal pay and opportunities) and I feel feminism should be redirected towards that original intent.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    the woman who said all men are rapists should have been called on it when she claimed to be "feminist" as that is clearly not what she is. Most people call out Westboro for example as not being real Christians.Women need to take feminism back.


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    dashingscorpio 2 years ago

    The Vietnam era protesters is another example where times have changed. Today there is no "draft" therefore wars don't generate the same amount of protest.

    Secondly a protest against any war is now seen as not supporting our troops!


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    Yes, it absolutely exists today and I think it is used on purpose to keep women from truly forming a sisterhood kind of bond together to really continue to push for progress like the women in the 60's did.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    glad you learned something new :) It's unfortunately not a nice word, and I hope those who engage in it learn to move beyond it.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    I disagree that women who hate men make good feminists, but I agree with your other points, that true feminists must lead by example. I just wish women weren't compelled to distance themselves from the word feminist because of its unfair association

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    That's very nice :) I don't have to be first, most of us would be content with side by side or equal. I agree a few bad examples can ruin perceptions for everyone sadly.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    I do agree that some issues do seem more petty. I would like to see women maintain focus on real issues like equal pay, the whole glass ceiling thing, and getting more deserving women into govt. etc. Objectification is a real issue though.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 2 years ago

    Very true and good points. Sadly there is a trend towards dismissing/demonizing feminists and I wonder if the reason is fear of what would happen with a giant sisterhood of women working together instead of competing against one another :)