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."
by Matt444333 November 02, 2006
Feminism is a society of retarded fucks, who feel that if they make an ad about 5 year old girls saying "fuck you" to everyone, that their cause will be supported.

Statistics show that 98% of feminists look like fucking humpback whales.
-------- Women who believe that their life is shit
Is that a whale dude? Nah bro it's just someone who takes part in feminism
by Fuckery Dickery June 13, 2016
Because nothing says women's empowerment like treating a woman like a piece of meat, pounding her til the condom breaks, and then hauling her off to an abortion clinic.
Feminism has done irreparable harm to women's equality.
by DAwGi July 10, 2016
What it used to be: "the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes."

What it is now: a way for (mostly) women, with radical ideologies, to express their hate on men. Feminists believe in "the patriarchy" (a male controlled society), which in fact, does not exist (and if it were to exist, women would still not be able to vote or do other basic things in first world countries.) Feminism used to matter in first world countries, but it is now irrelevant. There is no wage gap, and there is no bullshit like there used to be. However; feminism (the non-radical kind), is needed in third world countries. Third world countries need much more equality, and there is already enough evidence to suggest that.

TL;DR: feminism is supposed to be about equality of the sexes, but it is now about abolishing the non-existent "patriarchy".
Friend: "I'm a feminist!"
Me: "So you despise men and believe in the 'patriarchy'?"
Friend: "No...?"
Me: "Then you're not a feminist... thank the lord."

Feminism is about abolishing the non-existent patriarchy.
by natalieisameme August 13, 2016
The belief that women need to be equal to men by propagating female privileges and bashing masculinity.
College feminist: Feminism just means equality, you chauvinist pig.
Normal fucking guy: Oh yeah? How come you never talk about the courts are weighted in favour of women? How come men serve longer than women for the exact same crime? How come domestic violence and rape against men is laughed out of the room (that's REAL rape culture)? How come women get to talk up femininity and womanhood but at the same time can shove masculinity and male values into the fucking soil? If you truly gave a shit about equality (as if you cunts can actually claim the concept of equality as your own), then why have I never heard any feminist talk about these issues? Because you're too busy with your myths and fallacies like "rape culture" , the"gender pay gap", "manspreading" and "mansplaining". Face it: you're spoiled, middle-class, pretentious fucks sucking at the teat of Western civilisation, enjoying the fact that it's so much easier to be a woman by whipping up a narrative that you're in some way oppressed because your mothers were marginalised 30, maybe 20 years ago, enabling you to slice away at male rights because you're a sexist, power-hungry piece of shit. Suck a cock, you whiny bitch.
by KronstadtRebellion January 19, 2016
the strive for all equality, for men, women, and everyone else
feminism is for equality
by xxxjerrysuxcoxndix69xxx July 27, 2016
Here's the problems defining feminism:

1. The definition is old as fuck and if you think the meanings of words don't change over time or vary from culture to culture then you're delusional, and using an appeal to definition fallacy.

2. Feminism is a movement, and as with all movements their goals change over time.

In short, the current dictionary definition is unreliable. Modern feminists campaign for "safe spaces" (spaces in which free speech is shit on, sometimes segregated by race and gender), an end to "man-spreading". More radicals will call for things such as national castration day and shipping of all men to concentration camps. If you identify as a feminist, and you do not believe in the false victim narratives, the concepts of patriarchy, toxic masculinity and internalised misogyny, then my question to you is why on earth would you tie yourself to a movement that by in large does. Feminism does not equal equality, it's simply a vehicle towards it; unfortunately, the vehicle bounced right off the metaphorical wall of equality and got launched so far back that the driver decided to say "fuck it" and reverse as far as they could. If you wish to be someone who believes in equality without being tied down to a movement so incompetent that they believe that the gender wage gap is down to sexism, I suggest you look into egalitarianism.
What a surprise, that teacher force feeding those young girls identity politics and a victim narrative bigger than Kim Kardashians ass is a big advocate for feminism
by Logicfag July 01, 2016
1. General definition The advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. (Google)

You can claim to be a feminist, but there are also different types/factions of feminist. Usually majority of feminist ask what faction are you. The two most practiced and well known factions are intersectional and radical feminism.

2. "Radical feminism is a perspective within feminism that calls for a radical reordering of society in which male supremacy is eliminated in all social and economic contexts. Radical feminists seek to abolish patriarchy by challenging existing social norms and institutions, rather than through a purely political process." -wiki

3. The view that women experience oppression in varying configurations and in varying degrees of intensity (intersectional feminism).
1. "feminism allowed women to vote in the 1920's!!!" (Which is actually the white washed version, ALL women were allowed to veto around the 1960s, not just white women.

2. "Smash the patriarchy!!" (Yes, radical feminist usually say this, but the majority of all feminist believe the patriarchy exist)

3. The only true feminist, is a feminist that includes ALL women. Woc, disabled women, lgbt+ women, young women, old women, poor women, rich women,.... There's so many different types of women!! And if your feminism isn't inclusive to all of them, then who is it for?? If your feminism isn't intersectional, then I am against it(not all intersectional are against feminism that Isn't intersectional).
by Lia and lidi June 10, 2016
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