–noun 1. the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.
2. (sometimes initial capital letter) an organized movement for the attainment of such rights for women.

Feminists will not mind when you do not wish to open doors and pay the check WHEN:
They are no longer paid 75 cents for every dollar a man makes even when they have the same education level, experience, and work just as hard.
Cleaning products are no longer marketed to women on TV.
Men start worrying about trying to "balance raising children and a career."
Viagra is no longer covered on insurance, and birth control is.
We don't constantly see ugly fat men paired with attractive thin women in sitcoms (Drew Carey Show, Family Guy, Simpsons, ect ect.)
Women are EITHER expected to be less attractive and spend less time trying to be beautiful OR men are expected to be more attractive and spend more time trying to be beautiful.
Women are no longer called bitches when they sound too intelligent or when they refuse to put out.
When women are no longer called sluts when they do put out, OR men are ALSO called sluts when they put out.
Young boys are given baby dolls and pretend ovens along with their GI Joes and toy guns. Young girls are given lego sets and science kits along with their barbies.
Women who want to go to the front lines of battle are allowed to go instead of being mollycoddled at the back.
Men stop calling weak individuals "pussies" (a female sex organ smaller than a lemon but which can withstand having a watermelon-sized baby shoved through it, and which is extraordinarily strong and resilient) and stop saying that brave, strong people "have balls" (a male sex organ which is extraordinarily weak when even lightly tapped.)
EITHER men don't grimace and scream and gag when a tampon is mentioned in their presence, OR men stop talking about taking a shit, farting, dick cheese, and jacking off in the presence of women.
One man comparing another man to a woman is not a grave insult.
Men stop complaining about so-called "reverse sexism" when what's really beginning to happen is equality.
When we see as many naked men used to sell things as we do naked women.
Male comedians stop doing the tired "women are complicated" "women get upset for no reason" "women remember everything" bit.
There are as many women CEOs and top political figures as there are male ones.
The *number one* cause of death among pregnant women is not the father of her child beating her.
When it's no longer legal to create or sell pornography showing a woman being violently raped.
Women are not called dykes, butch, man-haters, or femi-nazis for having the gall to have a problem with all this.

So basically, when hell freezes over, you can stop opening the doors for us. Until then, you can stand to do that simple little nicety. It makes our lives ever-so-slightly more bearable, and it's the least you owe us. We'll take the responsibilities when you give us the rights.
John: "I'm a feminist, because I'm a real man."
by Lick_it_bitch August 26, 2006
Women who have not only furthered the rights of women, but the rights of other groups as well. Feminists have left a profound mark on society. Early first-wave feminists were often aligned with the abolitionist movement, fighting to rid America of slavery. Feminists were/are also involved with the civil rights movement, the sexual revolution (see below), fighting for the rights of the LGBT community, etc.

Feminism encourages women to take control of their own sexuality, instead of fearing being branded a "whore" or a "slut" due to the double standard...and I don't see why anyone is complaining about that. Confident women comfortable with being sexy should be right up your alley.
Where would we be without feminists?
by Fenderrrilla July 27, 2005
A person who supports women's rights and respects women's issues.
Earlier feminists fought to obtain woman's suffrage.
by gbeann January 07, 2005
Obviously a person who is completely misunderstood by all the people who have posted definitions previous to this one.

A person who believes in egalitarianism; social, economic, and legal rights granted equally to men and women, without putting a person or a group of persons at a disadvantage because of gender, race/ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and class.

A person who understands that women's issues go beyond a western framework and include but are not limited to poverty, racism, globalization, health, colonialism, war, and economics.
HE is a feminist because he realizes that in times of war women are at a higher risk of sexual harassment, such as rape, than in times of non-conflict.

HE is a feminist because he realizes that not every woman finds him attractive and doesn't take it personally when his advances are not received well and refrains from calling women bitches and lesbians because of it.
by R November 11, 2004
The definition of Feminism is "Belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes."

Most people wrongly define feminism as what radical women do, which has to do with personal opinion, not Feminism. Many people don't seem to understand, the idea that women are superior conflicts the definition of feminism just as much as men being superior. The idea is that someone isn't better than someone just because of their reproductive organs.

Someone being a feminist does not mean they hate someone just because they are male. As I said earlier, that idea actually conflicts the definition.

So instead of everyone having ignorant misconceptions of what a feminist is, why don't you actually look the definition up in the dictionary. And stop saying all feminists are radical men haters. (And also, not all feminists are represented by or support NOW)
I don't discriminate against men or women, I am a feminist.
by A logical Feminist January 22, 2004
Kurt Cobain and John Lennon.

This isn't an opinion but a simple fact. They described themselves as proud feminists and challenged the traditional gender roles through their music. Do the research.

So everyone who gives this a thumb down can't read, is a fan of Pat Robertson and his hate speeches or simply enjoys spreading lies about an idea that is honorable through and through.
Kurt Cobain, the proto feminist: “... at the top of the food chain is still the white, corporate, macho, strong ox male. Not redeemable as far as I’m concerned. ... Sexism has to be blown wide open…but there are thousands of green minds, young gullable 15 year old boys out there just starting to fall into the grain of what they’ve been told of what a man is supposed to be ...

Kurt Cobain: "Rape Me"

John Lennon: "Woman is the N****r of the World"
by The Happy Humanist February 09, 2010
Someone who believes social and economic privilege should not be extended, usually to men, purely on the basis of gender perceptions rather than on a basis of merit.

Such beliefs often cause recipients of such privilege, again usually men, to exhibit bizzare and hateful behaviors reminiscent of small and badly-behaved children.
Real definition of Feminism:
"Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings"
-Cheris Kramerae, author of A Feminist Dictionary, 1996.

Reactionary slander:
"Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians"
-Rev. Pat Robertson,
1992 Republican Convention

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