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Tue, Feb. 7th, 2006, 12:41 am
manlymanlyman: Definitions

"fem·i·nism Audio pronunciation of "Feminism" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (fm-nzm)

1. Belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.
2. The movement organized around this belief."

Taken from dictionary.com.

Do you think this is an accurate representation of Feminism?

I believe that this is merely a veneer that Feminists like to put forward, shouting for equality and freedom from the perceived patriarchy. However, peer beyond this veil, and you will see it has gone further then mere equality, but towards the lessening of men--a reverse sexism.

Tue, Feb. 7th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)

given that there are so many different kinds of feminisms, i think dictionary.com did a good job of giving a basic definition.

Wed, Feb. 8th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)

Feminism is just what you posted.
Since the word's connotation has been skewed, many men-bashers will also call themselves feminists, since the cultural meaning of the word still applies to them even though the dictionary meaning doesn't.

Tue, May. 2nd, 2006 07:07 am (UTC)

unfortunately, a lot of self-proclaimed feminists dont wanna have anything to do with men. the patriarchy is not necessarily a false perception, but the idea that all men are and forever must be the enemy is rediculous.

Mon, Oct. 1st, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)

It depends on where a definition comes from, the chicken or the egg? Feminists define feminism. But maybe they should adhere to a common definition in order to avoid confusion and solidify their stance. Hence such a dictionary definition. have you found a definition of masculism in the dictionary? webster's online dictionary has no entry, in fact the closest definition I could find related to the "-ism" is masculinist: an advocate of male superiority or dominance. certainly a good example of general gender ignorance in modern times. I beleive your comment on the definition tho, is too generalized. Ask a "feminist" what she stands for and it might sound alot like this definition, and she may mean it or she may not. or she may not _know_ where she really stands. But to generalize a whole movement's ideology is to demonize many well intentioned people and is an answer to nothing, and it makes you exactly what these "veiled feminists" are. If you are a male opressed by the feminist movement it is exactly because of the demonization created by unenlightened so called "feminists". Do we want a gender war? or to simply all be treated fairly? To demonize a movement is to perpetuate your own demonization. so in the question of what is the definition of a feminist, shall we call a feminist someone who stands for the ideology written above, and one who instead practices reverse sexism and calls themselves a feminist, simply a sexist? or a fake feminist? or a misguided person doing wrong? one of those definitions seems appropriate. but we should not let feminism become a 4-letter word if there is a strong movement of true feminists who beleive in the equality of both sexes while acting righteously in behalf of their own.

-corey mathew
Gender Egalitarian

funny, as i write the word masculist, the spell-checker underlines the word. I guess we have yet to come very far...