Hey all—I’m relatively new to this site, but I have already noticed certain attitudes towards liberal causes—esp. Feminism—which seem decidedly hostile. Obviously, this isn’t unique to this site, but still I thought opening a discussion here might help.
To me, movements like feminism are overwhelmingly positive—they are, after all, focused on equal rights-- by definition.
I have noticed some backlash, however, nothing crazy, just enough to suggest that people have had bad experiences with feminism.
The funny thing is that a lot of these people actually believe in equality—they are therefore, by my definition at least, feminists. They’re very reluctant to call themselves feminists, however, which I find troubling. I myself am proud to be a feminist, and I’m genuinely hoping to hear your perspectives on the topic.
Personally, I don’t understand why it’s so controversial. As far as I can tell, most of the problems stem from a lack of communication. My personal theory is that most of the exchanges go something like this:
· Person A says “I am a Feminist.”
· Person B hears “I hate men.”
· Person B says “I am not a Feminist. Feminism is bad.”
· Person A hears “I am opposed to equal rights, and look down on women.”
· Person A is understandably offended. Lashes out.
· Person B feels attacked. Is turned off to Feminism forever.
· Neither Person A nor Person B understand each other. Feminism becomes a dirty word. Nobody really communicates or learns anything.
I’d like to address this. What do you guys have to say—I’d really appreciate hearing from you, no judgement.
Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not? Are you open to feminism? What sort of experiences have you had with feminism, that sort of thing.
Please, whatever happens, let’s try to keep the forum civil. Thanks!