clarifying-concepts

FAQ: Does feminism matter?

Hell yes. 1. Society deals with gender in a way that, on balance, harms women. 2. This is a problem that must be corrected. [yami (Green Gabbro): Feminisms] Related reading: All FAQ articles below have links to further reading on other sites Harm to women: FAQ:Isn’t feminism just playing “victim” politics? Gender inequity: FAQ:What is […]

FAQ: What’s wrong with suggesting that women take precautions to prevent being raped?

This FAQ has been updated with an addendum 2010-04-27 Short answer: Because it puts the onus on women not to get themselves raped, rather than on men not to do the raping; in short, it blames the victim. [From Grendelkhan, in comments, emphasis added] Why taking precautions doesn’t work Melissa McEwan points out that whether […]

FAQ: why do some people talk of "feminisms"?

Most recently updated 17 March 2007 Because, as was said back on the What is a feminist? and Why are there so many fights between feminists? posts, Feminism is not a monolith. From the soc.feminism Terminologies FAQ compiled in 1993 by Cindy Tittle Moore, here is a following non-exhaustive list of feminisms (read fuller descriptions […]

FAQ: What is male privilege?

Before discussing “male privilege” it is first important to define what privilege means in an anti-oppression setting. Privilege, at its core, is the advantages that people benefit from based solely on their social status. It is a status that is conferred by society to certain groups, not seized by individuals, which is why it can […]

FAQ: Isn’t feminism just "victim" politics?

updated 01May07 No. Women as a class are subjected to real hardship and oppression just because they are women. This is unjust. Pointing out that women are disproportionately victimised is accurate analysis, not “playing victim”. Witchy-Woo on the “will you women just stop whining” subtext: I think that those who would rather avoid acknowledging the […]

FAQ: Why are there so many fights between feminists?

Quoting from Sage’s FAQ: 1. Why do feminists all disagree? Feminism isn’t a movement, it’s an argument! We all want to raise the status of women to the level of men, to feel safe and respected, and to have a fair and equal chance for all our opinions to be heard. Since the movement is […]

FAQ: What is feminism?

Introductory Essays Feminism in the United States: A Short Illustrated History from about.com International Women’s Day: a brief history from the UN Classic Quote “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a […]

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