History UsefulNotes / Feminism

10th Apr '16 4:33:19 PM surgoshan
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In one sense, feminism is truly ancient. You can find women asserting themselves as independent and equal as far back as the sixth century BC (the poet Sappho), which might make feminism OlderThanFeudalism. You can also find works that are unmistakably feminist in many times and places, such as the Arthurian Romance ''Silence'', from 14th century France, which features a female protagonist with a distinctly subversive name (as a girl she was given the name Eufemie by her mother, which not only means "Alas! Woman!" but also "euphemism", or a way of speaking around a subject rather than directly to it), which might make feminism OlderThanPrint. You also find notable feminists involved in the American Revolution, such as the iconoclast Thomas Paine and Abigail Adams (who was quite upset that her husband, future president John Adams, didn't follow her advice and make sure women were given decent representation in the Constitution), although they, of course, didn't call themselves feminists. There were also writers such as Mary Wollstonecraft and Olympe de Gourges who wrote early feminist essays and criticized the Enlightenment thinkers and radicals of the day for usually ignoring women's rights; De Gourges even proposed giving all women the right to vote, possibly the first prominent call for women's suffrage.

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In one sense, feminism is truly ancient. You can find women asserting themselves as independent and equal as far back as the sixth century BC (the poet Sappho), which might make feminism OlderThanFeudalism. You can also find works that are unmistakably feminist in many times and places, such as the Arthurian Romance ''Silence'', from 14th century France, which features a female protagonist with a distinctly subversive name (as a girl she was given the name Eufemie by her mother, which not only means "Alas! Woman!" but also "euphemism", or a way of speaking around a subject rather than directly to it), which might make feminism OlderThanPrint. You also find notable feminists involved in the American Revolution, such as the iconoclast Thomas Paine and Abigail Adams (who was quite upset that her husband, future president John Adams, didn't follow her advice and make sure women were given decent representation in the Constitution), although they, of course, didn't call themselves feminists. There were also writers such as Mary Wollstonecraft and Olympe de Gourges Gouges who wrote early feminist essays and criticized the Enlightenment thinkers and radicals of the day for usually ignoring women's rights; De Gourges de Gouges even proposed giving all women the right to vote, possibly the first prominent call for women's suffrage.
10th Apr '16 1:33:19 PM belahorizon
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* ''Black feminism'': Shifts attention towards the experiences of women and girls of African descent. Argues that feminists need to take account of racial problems in addition to gender problems. The writer bell hooks is a prominent voice in this tendency.

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* ''Black feminism'': ''Womanism'': Shifts attention towards the experiences of women and girls of African descent. Argues that feminists need to take account of racial problems in addition to gender problems. The writer bell hooks is a prominent voice in this tendency.
3rd Apr '16 7:29:51 PM Fireblood
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In one sense, feminism is truly ancient. You can find women asserting themselves as independent and equal as far back as the sixth century BC (the poet Sappho), which might make feminism OlderThanFeudalism. You can also find works that are unmistakably feminist in many times and places, such as the Arthurian Romance ''Silence'', from 14th century France, which features a female protagonist with a distinctly subversive name (as a girl she was given the name Eufemie by her mother, which not only means "Alas! Woman!" but also "euphemism", or a way of speaking around a subject rather than directly to it), which might make feminism OlderThanPrint. You also find notable feminists involved in the American Revolution, such as the iconoclast Thomas Paine and Abigail Adams (who was quite upset that her husband, future president John Adams, didn't follow her advice and make sure women were given decent representation in the Constitution), although they, of course, didn't call themselves feminists. There were also writers such as Mary Wollstonecraft and Olympe de Gourges who wrote early feminist essays and criticized the Enlightenment thinkers and radicals of the day for usually ignoring women's rights; de Gourges even proposed giving all women the right to vote, possibly the first prominent call for women's suffrage.

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In one sense, feminism is truly ancient. You can find women asserting themselves as independent and equal as far back as the sixth century BC (the poet Sappho), which might make feminism OlderThanFeudalism. You can also find works that are unmistakably feminist in many times and places, such as the Arthurian Romance ''Silence'', from 14th century France, which features a female protagonist with a distinctly subversive name (as a girl she was given the name Eufemie by her mother, which not only means "Alas! Woman!" but also "euphemism", or a way of speaking around a subject rather than directly to it), which might make feminism OlderThanPrint. You also find notable feminists involved in the American Revolution, such as the iconoclast Thomas Paine and Abigail Adams (who was quite upset that her husband, future president John Adams, didn't follow her advice and make sure women were given decent representation in the Constitution), although they, of course, didn't call themselves feminists. There were also writers such as Mary Wollstonecraft and Olympe de Gourges who wrote early feminist essays and criticized the Enlightenment thinkers and radicals of the day for usually ignoring women's rights; de De Gourges even proposed giving all women the right to vote, possibly the first prominent call for women's suffrage.



* '''Intersectionality:''' Taking into account anything and everything that can marginalise people - not just sex and gender, but also race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, physical ability, class, etc. For example, being a woman of color means you could be subject to both misogyny and racism. Further, a woman of color experiences misogyny differently from a white woman and racism differently from a man of color.

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* '''Intersectionality:''' Taking into account anything and everything that can marginalise marginalize people - not just sex and gender, but also race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, physical ability, class, etc. For example, being a woman of color means you could be subject to both misogyny and racism. Further, a woman of color experiences misogyny differently from a white woman and racism differently from a man of color.



* '''Privilege:''' All the things about you that might make your life a little easier than the lives of other people in your (usually majority) group. When somebody tells you th "check your privilege", they're reminding you to recognise where you're coming from. For example, if you're straight and white, your experience differs from that of queer women of color.

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* '''Privilege:''' All the things about you that might make your life a little easier than the lives of other people in your (usually majority) group. When somebody tells you th to "check your privilege", they're reminding you to recognise recognize where you're coming from. For example, if you're straight and white, your experience differs from that of queer women of color.
3rd Apr '16 3:11:31 PM Eagal
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Because the movement originated at a time when women were clearly considered inferior to men socially and institutionally. It focused on the female sex because most men were already in positions of power in society relative to women of comparable socioeconomic class. It was women that needed to be brought up to the level of men, who were perceived to already have power. As for the accusation of being sexist for only focusing on one gender, a counterargument would be that this would make the [[AmericanCivilRightsMovement black civil rights movement]] racist because it only focused on black people, or the gay rights movement bigoted because it didnít also focus on the problems of straight people.

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Because the movement originated at a time when women were clearly considered inferior to men socially and institutionally. It focused on the female sex because most men were already in positions of power in society relative to women of comparable socioeconomic class. It was women that needed to be brought up to the level of men, who were perceived to already have power. As for the accusation of being sexist for only focusing on one gender, a counterargument would be that this would make the [[AmericanCivilRightsMovement [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement black civil rights movement]] racist because it only focused on black people, or the gay rights movement bigoted because it didnít also focus on the problems of straight people.
13th Mar '16 12:18:32 PM surgoshan
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* '''Gender Binary:''' The dichotomy that splits everything (even things that have no basis in sex or gender) into "male" and "female".
* '''Intersectionality:''' Taking into account anything and everything that can marginalise people - not just sex and gender, but also race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, physical ability, class, etc. For example, being a woman of color means you could be subject to both misogyny and racism.
* '''Objectification:''' Ignoring or taking away everything about a person that makes them a person, and seeing/portraying them as just an object for sex.

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* '''Gender Binary:''' The dichotomy that splits everything (even things that have no basis in sex or gender) into "male" and "female".
"female", as opposed existing on a continuum with many people grouped ''toward'' the ends.
* '''Intersectionality:''' Taking into account anything and everything that can marginalise people - not just sex and gender, but also race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, physical ability, class, etc. For example, being a woman of color means you could be subject to both misogyny and racism.
racism. Further, a woman of color experiences misogyny differently from a white woman and racism differently from a man of color.
* '''Objectification:''' Ignoring or taking away everything about a person that makes them a person, and seeing/portraying them as just an object object. In feminism, this often involves discussions of sexual objectification, where women are denied agency and intention in order to make them into objects for sex.the sexual desires of heterosexual men.
13th Mar '16 12:40:59 AM Laevatein
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!!Glossary of Feminist Terms

* '''Agency:''' The ability to act for oneself. If someone is trying to control you, or speaking for you, or not letting you make your own decisions, they're denying you agency.
* '''Gender Binary:''' The dichotomy that splits everything (even things that have no basis in sex or gender) into "male" and "female".
* '''Intersectionality:''' Taking into account anything and everything that can marginalise people - not just sex and gender, but also race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, physical ability, class, etc. For example, being a woman of color means you could be subject to both misogyny and racism.
* '''Objectification:''' Ignoring or taking away everything about a person that makes them a person, and seeing/portraying them as just an object for sex.
* '''Privilege:''' All the things about you that might make your life a little easier than the lives of other people in your (usually majority) group. When somebody tells you th "check your privilege", they're reminding you to recognise where you're coming from. For example, if you're straight and white, your experience differs from that of queer women of color.
12th Mar '16 4:28:07 PM CaptEquinox
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* Second Wave Feminism: Beginning in the 60s, the second wave developed in the midst of the anti-war movement and the civil rights movement. Believing that women had achieved political equality but nothing else, feminism became more "radical", and indeed called themselves "radical feminists", although that term has a ''very'' different meaning today. As part of a culture bursting with ideas about social, political, and economic structures, feminism too began to look into different issues, often through a Marxist lens. This wave gave us such things as "patriarchy", "oppression", and "normative heterosexuality". Women's role in the home, in the workplace, in sexual relationships were all put under the microscope, as was the culture that took these things for granted. Second wave feminists focused on the more subtle forms of discrimination, such as the wage-gap, discriminatory hiring and promotion practices, spousal abuse, barriers to the access of contraception and abortion, and demonization of divorce and single-parenthood (especially for women). These were the feminists who burned their bras[[note]]This is actually a BeamMeUpScotty. Protesters at a Miss America pageant [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_America_protest#Origin_of_.22bra-burning.22 put brassieres in a trash can]] but did not light them.[[/note]] and stopped shaving, the feminists who aggressively moved into male-dominated professions, the feminists that Fox News can't seem to forget. The first wave was dominated by white women of means (albeit with significant black voices here and there), but the second wave drew increasingly from the other movements that were also powerful at the time, drawing not just ideas, but actual voices from the gay rights movement and the civil rights movement.

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* Second Wave Feminism: Beginning in the 60s, the second wave developed in the midst of the anti-war movement and the civil rights movement. Believing that women had achieved political equality but nothing else, feminism became more "radical", and indeed called themselves "radical feminists", although that term has a ''very'' different meaning today. As part of a culture bursting with ideas about social, political, and economic structures, feminism too began to look into different issues, often through a Marxist lens. This wave gave us such things as "patriarchy", "oppression", and "normative heterosexuality". Women's role in the home, in the workplace, in sexual relationships were all put under the microscope, as was the culture that took these things for granted. Second wave feminists focused on the more subtle forms of discrimination, such as the wage-gap, discriminatory hiring and promotion practices, spousal abuse, barriers to the access of contraception and abortion, and demonization of divorce and single-parenthood (especially for women). These were the feminists who allegedly burned their bras[[note]]This is actually a BeamMeUpScotty. Protesters at a Miss America pageant [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_America_protest#Origin_of_.22bra-burning.22 put brassieres in a trash can]] but did not light them.[[/note]] bras and stopped shaving, the feminists who aggressively moved into male-dominated professions, the feminists that Fox News can't seem to forget. The first wave was dominated by white women of means (albeit with significant black voices here and there), but the second wave drew increasingly from the other movements that were also powerful at the time, drawing not just ideas, but actual voices from the gay rights movement and the civil rights movement.
12th Mar '16 4:26:01 PM CaptEquinox
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* Second Wave Feminism: Beginning in the 60s, the second wave developed in the midst of the anti-war movement and the civil rights movement. Believing that women had achieved political equality but nothing else, feminism became more "radical", and indeed called themselves "radical feminists", although that term has a ''very'' different meaning today. As part of a culture bursting with ideas about social, political, and economic structures, feminism too began to look into different issues, often through a Marxist lens. This wave gave us such things as "patriarchy", "oppression", and "normative heterosexuality". Women's role in the home, in the workplace, in sexual relationships were all put under the microscope, as was the culture that took these things for granted. Second wave feminists focused on the more subtle forms of discrimination, such as the wage-gap, discriminatory hiring and promotion practices, spousal abuse, barriers to the access of contraception and abortion, and demonization of divorce and single-parenthood (especially for women). These were the feminists who burned their bras and stopped shaving, the feminists who aggressively moved into male-dominated professions, the feminists that Fox News can't seem to forget. The first wave was dominated by white women of means (albeit with significant black voices here and there), but the second wave drew increasingly from the other movements that were also powerful at the time, drawing not just ideas, but actual voices from the gay rights movement and the civil rights movement.

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* Second Wave Feminism: Beginning in the 60s, the second wave developed in the midst of the anti-war movement and the civil rights movement. Believing that women had achieved political equality but nothing else, feminism became more "radical", and indeed called themselves "radical feminists", although that term has a ''very'' different meaning today. As part of a culture bursting with ideas about social, political, and economic structures, feminism too began to look into different issues, often through a Marxist lens. This wave gave us such things as "patriarchy", "oppression", and "normative heterosexuality". Women's role in the home, in the workplace, in sexual relationships were all put under the microscope, as was the culture that took these things for granted. Second wave feminists focused on the more subtle forms of discrimination, such as the wage-gap, discriminatory hiring and promotion practices, spousal abuse, barriers to the access of contraception and abortion, and demonization of divorce and single-parenthood (especially for women). These were the feminists who burned their bras bras[[note]]This is actually a BeamMeUpScotty. Protesters at a Miss America pageant [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_America_protest#Origin_of_.22bra-burning.22 put brassieres in a trash can]] but did not light them.[[/note]] and stopped shaving, the feminists who aggressively moved into male-dominated professions, the feminists that Fox News can't seem to forget. The first wave was dominated by white women of means (albeit with significant black voices here and there), but the second wave drew increasingly from the other movements that were also powerful at the time, drawing not just ideas, but actual voices from the gay rights movement and the civil rights movement.
11th Mar '16 1:14:05 PM HighCrate
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Most feminists would agree that there are overall differences between genders. While sentiments like "men on average have two thirds (or 60 to 100%) greater muscular strength in the upper body" can lead to arguments if stated/interpreted wrongly, the majority of feminists would concede that, yes, most men have most women beat in raw physical strength. What ''really'' grinds a feminist's gears are suggestions that:

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Most feminists would agree that there are overall differences between genders.sexes. While sentiments like "men on average have two thirds (or 60 to 100%) greater muscular strength in the upper body" can lead to arguments if stated/interpreted wrongly, the majority of feminists would concede that, yes, most men have most women beat in raw physical strength. What ''really'' grinds a feminist's gears are suggestions that:



Also, these examples tend to conflate sex and gender, which as any {{Transgender}} advocate or trans-feminist would gladly remind you, are separate and different. Indeed, the average male (XY) individual is stronger than female (XX) individual, but this has little to do with ''gender''.

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Also, these examples tend to conflate sex and gender, which as any {{Transgender}} advocate or trans-feminist would gladly remind you, are separate and different. Indeed, the average male (XY) individual is stronger than female (XX) individual, but this has little to do with ''gender''.
11th Mar '16 1:07:05 PM HighCrate
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In a Venn diagram, the circle of angry, bitter harpies and the circle of feminists overlap but are not identical. By extension of this argument, [[InsaneTrollLogic some men are rapists, therefore all men are rapists.]]

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In a Venn diagram, the circle of angry, bitter harpies and the circle of feminists overlap but are not identical. By extension of this argument, [[InsaneTrollLogic some men are rapists, therefore all men are rapists.]]
identical, and the one doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the other.
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