Thursday, August 9, 2007

Feminism

You Are 98% Feminist

You are a total feminist. This doesn't mean you're a man hater (in fact, you may be a man).
You just think that men and women should be treated equally. It's a simple idea but somehow complicated for the world to put into action.


I am a Feminist. Duh. What many people don't get is that they are feminists too. For too long the word has been demonized to mean something other than what it means.

My husband still believes that a feminist is an uber-dyke who has been sent to chop penises and annul all marriages. This view mainly comes from his father, who is not the most enlightened person in the world. This is not to say that my husband doesn't support feminist causes. He just doesn't realize that he supports feminism, because his view of feminism is skewed.

For example, my husband supports affordable birth control for all people, equal pay scales, equitable maternity and paternity leave, equitable parental rights, the right to choose what to do with one's body, etc. If you ask him about any of these topics, he will give a brief, "Well, of course that is right" answer and not think about it again. If you ask him if he supports feminism, he will say, "Um, not really."

This is sad, because it is indicative of how women's voices have been framed in the media and in conversation for decades (nay, all time). If we couch things generally, then of course they are good ideas, but if we talk about them being specifically for women, then it is questionable. Women need to be checked up on by men, and men need to control their destinies.

I really am trying to spread the true feminism (as I know it) one person at a time, while dispelling the myths surrounding the word. In that spirit, please go take the quiz and see where you fall. Some might be surprised.

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