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A person who feels that gender roles are arbitrary and lame and who believes in equal rights.

This is the most common kind, although there are many different kinds.
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A person who seeks out equality for all. Also a person who accepts that patriarchy is real, acknowledges that there needs to be a change, and fights to make a change.

THIS DOESN'T MEAN:
a lesbian hell bent on locking all men away.
a woman who wants to oppress men.
a feminazi

I hate patriarchy, and i want everyone to be equal, i am totally a feminist
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A Feminist is a person who believes that men and women are equal. This is becoming more common in society

There are many groups of Feminists but only a minority of groups,(Radical's) think that Men are the reason women are oppressed. The rest just seek equality between the sexes.
Feminists have supported and campaigned for the passing of laws in Britain such as:
-Equal Pay Act
-Sex Discrimination Act
-Employment Protection Act (Maternity/Paternity leave)

These are not extreme and can work for the protection of both men and women.
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A feminist can be a man or a woman no matter from what race, class, sexuality, gender etc who believe in equal rights between the sexes, races, classes, genders. Anyone can be a femnist. There are different types of feminist ranging from Radical, Liberal, Conservative, Cultural, Ecofeminism, Socialist, Marxxist, Black feminism, the list can go on.
For example, bell hooks definition of feminism/ feminist is " Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression." All types of oppression need to end before there's true equality between everyone in this world. But if people like most of the people who posted very hateful and mysoginist comments under Feminism, keep thinking the same way there will never be true equality and bliss in this world. So for all the people who believe in the stereotypes of feminism should educated themselves about feminism before you talk negatively about it.
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person (man or woman) who strongly believes that the intellectual abilities of a person of feminine gender are comparable to those of a person of male gender and therefore women should be rewarded by equal (to men) social success and appreciation. Extrapolating further on this idea, a feminist is a person who believes that a woman who is gifted with high intelligence, has a strong intellectual foundation / background and exceptional interest and experience CAN take on social roles and responsibilities that previously were thought of as roles that only male gender persons can fulfill. "Social roles" meaning: contributing to the development of science and research (in fields such as physics, chemistry, economy etc), participating in decision making for large social communities (in roles of mayor, senator, governor etc.), participating in the media in a moral and dignified manner (persons of female gender were priorly represented by entertainment especially in scandalous attires for the entertainment of the public) along with the belief that the voiced opinion of a woman who is expert in an area should certainly weight more than the opinion of a person of male gender who is mildly familiar with the topic.

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Misinterpretations of the term 'FEMINIST':
Feminist = men hater. This is a confusion that occurs often in nature. Hating of men as a group, or generally hating a social group that presents a particular common trait (such as gender, color, belief, practice, hobby) constitutes a type of behavior which is known as discrimination. The term 'feminist' has positive connotations and thus is a term that differs and has nothing in common with the expression 'men hater.'

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Misconception regarding the term 'feminist' = feminist means striving to achieve equality of men and women BUT on a social level. "Equality" in this context, means allowing the women to perform work that she can rightfully perform and rewarding women with the credit and respect due and commensurate to their respective intellectual abilities and work effort. Stating that 'women should pay for dinner just as men do' do not make the domain of what the term 'feminist' means. The process of romantic courtship as it is present in nature in most animal species involves the male gender individual performing certain rituals and displays of his physical qualities and his social power in order to advertise himself to female gender individuals as a good potential father (genetically, as well as in terms of his ability of caring for the offspring until they reach adulthood.) Therefore behaviors and displays that pertain to what constitutes "romantic courtship" have nothing to do with that which the term "feminism" describes. As "feminism" is a term that qualifies a woman from a purely intellectual and mental ability stand point.

In the light of misinterpreting the statement "feminism = women equality to men" we could ask a man and woman to perform a same physically strenuous task. It is expected and normal that a man would be more successful due to the more robust and rugged built of the male body.

FEMINISM -> does not argue with the laws of nature, it argues for an alteration of the outdated laws of a society.
Mike is convinced that Clinton could be a better president than either Obama or McCain. I knew that Mike was very avidly following politics but now it appears without a doubt and in an unplanned manner that he is a bit of a feminist as well.
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A feminist is a person who believes that there is still a need for social change in the treatment of women. There are many different kids of feminism.... Marxist feminism, radical feminism, liberal feminism, psychoanalytical feminism... etc. Liberal feminism is the most common among white middle class women who simple believe in equal rights for women. However, feminism is not only about the legal rights of women, but the social attitudes about women as well.
One example is the epidemic of eating disorders among young women who are influenced by society to stay thin. Many feminists believe that this stems from the male desire (conscious or subconscious) to keep women small and vulnerable.
There are many issues which need to be addressed. Feminists also believe that males are oppressed by social standards they are raised with. For example, it is socially unacceptably for men to cry in public, whereas it's perfectly normal for women. These are social standards that limit the full potential of both genders. Men who are threatened by feminists should learn more about feminism before they insult is, as feminism really has nothing to do with the concept of hating men. We believe that men are oppressed as well. There are 'male studies' courses popping up in universities all over the world. Women just happened to think of it first.
If a man really takes the time to learn what feminism is, he will probably consider himself a feminist as well.
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You may have heard that feminists are man-hating lesbians who like to burn their bras in public, or bitter women who don't shave their armpits and despise sex. AND, if you listen to Pat Robertson, feminists are encouraged to kill their own children and overthrow the government. If you haven't guessed it already, all of the above - ranging from the silly to the outright ridiculous - are simply stereotypes. The actual definition of a feminist (according to the American Heritage Dictionary) is someone, male or female, who believes in social, political and economic equality between the sexes. Basically, feminists believe that women and men should be treated the same and given the same rights. Now that yu know the definition of "feminist", here's a little background info. Even though the term was developed in France (feminisme) in the mid-1800s, it didn't become popular until the 1960s. By the 1960s, the women's movement was well underway and women all over were campaigning for equal rights across the board - from eliminating job discrimination to gaining reproductive rights and political representation in the government. Previously, these women's groups had used the term "women's liberationist" to define themselves, but as it began to lose popularity they embraced the term "feminist." So hw did this word come to have such negative connotations? Like most things that are challenged, the previous, male-dominated power structure felt threatened. Change can be scary; and now women were demanding equal pay for equal work or the ability to make choices about their own bodies. Women were rightfully angry and did some very radical things (though no bras were burned, contrary to popular belief). It is much easier for people to put down feminism than admit that society must change its ways. Also, many people tended to (and still do) think that since the term "feminism" has "fem" in it, a feminist must be someone who wishes to raise women above men. But if you look to the actual definition of a feminist, it's simply about creating an even playing field for men and women. And you cannot forget the people or language used that encourages these negative connotations. The term feminazi (feminist + nazi) has been used to criticize feminists, purporting the stereotype that they have a Nazi-esque hatred for men as well as believing that women are superior to men. Therefore, a cycle of anti-feminist discourse is always playing.

Have you ever realised that a woman will often get paid less for doing exactly the same job as a man? We are strong, brave, independent women, and we deserve the same respect and rights that men have. So why don't we see it happening? This is what feminists believe, and this is what I believe. If you have a problem with that, don't complain to me.
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