By definition, a person who believes in the fundamental equality between the sexes, with a focus upon women's issues such as equal pay or stereotyping.

However, those who call themselves feminists rarely abide by the dictionary term. A more appropriate term for the feminist of today is female chauvinist, one who believes the female sex is naturally superior to the male sex.

Those that call themselves feminist typically subscribe to second-wave feminism, which evolved in the 1970s from the earlier, first-wave feminism. Whereas first-wave feminism sought legislation that would grant equal protection under the law, second-wave feminism sought an overthrow of what they called "patriarchy," which included traditional families and capitalism.

Contrary to many feminist claims, feminism is not a belief that is exclusive to women. Some feminists object to men referring to themselves as feminist, and use the term "pro-feminist" instead. A man who believes in equal protection under the law can be classified as feminist by definition.

Feminists and feminist organizations tend to campaign for issues they percieve as important to women, such as abortion rights (most feminists are pro-choice), domestic violence, LGBT rights, and similar issues. Feminism is often criticized for a unilateral approach to their issues, focusing only on increasing the rights of women, even to the point of denying the rights of men, underscoring the importance of those issues in relation to men (such as Dr. Laura stating that men had more to fear from violence then women, as they were attacked more often, and being subsequently villified by feminists.)

Feminism has garnered much criticism for it's methods and statistics, and has been accused of violating it's own edicts. Among parents, mothers are more likely to murder their children then their fathers according to the FBI, yet feminist organizations push that single-parenthood, with maternal custody, is in the best interests of the child. Alternatively, feminist organizations equate any time a rape or domestic violence (female) victim is required to present evidence to prove her claims as "blaming the victim." Feminist organizations want to apply the precautionary principle, accepting the allegation at face value to "protect the victim." Critics counter by stating victims can provide evidence to the courts, and that precautionary principles without checks and balances allow women to exploit the legal system for profit.

Backlash further against feminism can also be found in statements that are misandrist, or hatred of males. Valerie Solonas is one of the most popular, having written a book about killing men. Mary Daly, a theologian who was fired for refusing to admit a male student who was otherwise qualified for her class, also advocated creating a "male-free" paradise. Other misandrists include Robin Morgan, Andrea Dworkin, Gloria Allred, and Catherine MacKinnon.
The family down the street believes in feminism. They believe special treatment that favors men or women is inherently sexist.

Major feminist organizations are not feminists. They believe in gaining special treatments for women and depriving those rights of men. To justify this, they usually use vague statments such as "ignorance of male privlege."
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Complete utter bollocks
I support feminism, i.e a man hating dyke!
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A movement meant to create equal rights for women when it suits their purposes, otherwise they are just annoying and hypocritical.
*boy smack another boy* Feminist: haha thats so funny

*boy smacks a girl* Feminist: Don't hit girls!!!
Boy: Equal rights for men and women, they should be treated the same.
Feminist: But you shouldnt hit girls

Feminism fails
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The movement which seeks to place women above men and trample men into the dirt. Feminists will tell you that their aim is to bring about equality, but equality ceased to be the aim of feminism years ago. Women are now (and have been for at least 5-10 years) given exactly the same treatment in every area of life as men. Women / Feminists now wish to take over -- far from equality.
Joe: So Jane, tell me about Feminism.
Jane: Shut up!
Joe: No seriously, I'm interested.
Jane: Shut up! We don't need you, your just a man. A stupid male chovunist pig!!
Joe: O Jane, I can assure you ...
Jane: *Chokes Joe to death and cuts off his penis*
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A very cleverly rebranded form of sexism that specifically looks out for the interests in women alone.

It is for the above reason that such a movement is a hypocrisy and should not recieve government funding. FACT.
Germaine Greer pertains to feminism. Germaine Greer is a sexist dickhole.
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That untenable ideology propogating the somewhat novel untruth that feminists are women.
Feminism is an ideological hiding place for creatures who appear to have been born of a union between a sasquatch and Janet Reno.
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Feminism is something practiced by certain women. They beleive women are equal to, if not superior than men, and deserve equality. But what women forget is that they are physically weaker than men, have to keep a healthy body to have children and are not drafted. The only right women should have is to choose whether to wash lights or darks first.
Male: Want to hear a joke?
Femnazi: No you male chauvisnit pig, i must go burn my bra in protest and not shave my armpits because it symbolizes something gay
Male: Feminism
Femnazi: you male pig, how dare you belittle wom--
Male slaps woman silly, makes her shave ehr legs and pits, put her bra on, shut her bitch ass mouth and cook breakfast
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The radical notion that women are systematically oppressed everywhere they go by a grand conspiracy called the patriarchy, and that all men have some vague undefinable privilege about them which blinds them to real instances of sexism or something like that.

Oh and that our culture encourages rape and shovels scorn at rape victims (called rape culture).
Susy is so big on feminism that she wears a tinfoil hat to protect against the patriarchy.
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