RAW FEED: Here are my reasons for why I don't want to call myself a feminist


Here are my reasons for why I don’t want to call myself a feminist

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  • MichaelANovelli

    Well said! I agree with significant portions of what you said!

    Also, if everyone could stop going around saying we need to get rid of the Male Identity like it was inherently bad, that would be great!

  • Moppet

    Maybe not with you on every last note, but the thing about truly getting along and allowing everyone a say is that I, nor anyone, has to be. It’s about people. People first and foremost. All of us. Not one side, another or any single one of the countless directions one might come from on an issue. It’s about all of us trying to live together to the best of our ability and accepting that perfection isn’t possible, that there will be bumpy roads, and that a bumpy road isn’t the end of the world.

  • CaptainCalvinCat

    Well, I consider myself to be a feminist – after all, I’m all for female empowerment and honestly think, that we – although we have come a long way from the more patriachical society – still need to do more.

    Does that mean, that I want to see the men in the supressed role? Of course not – I AM a man and why would I want to put me in a supressed role?

    I tend to se women as equal to men as it can get.

    But that’s the core thesis of feminism, right? Being equal to men – born in a time, in which women had virtually nothing and could only get into a good position if they were born in that position or if they married a guy, who was in that position.

    Today we have CEOs, who are women, some states have female heads of state (I know, I live in one) and maybe, as times are a-changing, the perspective should do so, too – but all in all, I think, that the goal is still a good and a worthy one.

  • Alexa

    Labels are annoying but being called a feminist is not bad, at all. It only became bad when everyone thought it was all angry women that thought men were evil. Its just a term to say you are for women having equal rights to men, and it shouldn’t be a big deal to be called that and if you believe in all of that you are technically a feminist. If you don’t want to be called that ok, but its not a term that is bad and just keep supporting equality for women.

  • somerandomcommenter

    I’m going to have to respectfully disagree. You make some good points about labels and such, but it sounds like you’re asking people to cast off how they self-identify and it comes off as very condescending.

    To use your Christian analogy: there’s really only one tenant across the board for someone to self-identify as a Christian, and that’s the belief in Jesus as the son of God. Now, you have dozens and dozens of different sects, but as long as you hold that central tenant, you’re a Christian and no one from another sect has the right to tell you you’re not. Likewise, if you believe women should be treated the same as men, you’re a feminist. You’re just not necessarily a “Westboro Baptist Church” feminist. (I’ve seen a lot of these types of feminists online, but I don’t think I’ve ever met one in real life. They stick out so much because they’re the loudest and most outrageous, which is a surefire way to garner attention on the internet.)

    I don’t see why feminists have to stop calling themselves feminists just because it makes some people angry. Now obviously, deliberately making people angry is no way to go through life. No one was ever persuaded to a certain way of thinking by being yelled at. But at the same time, it’s a word that sums up a lot about a person’s worldview in easy shorthand, and feminists will continue to keep using the word.

    Consider me one of them.