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FAQ: What do feminists want?

To end the perpetuation of gender expectations that, on balance, harm women. To explain the many ways that sexist stereotypes, double standards, and oppressions harm women generally is beyond the scope of this introductory post, but the reading below should give you some starting links. Related: What is feminism? What is male privilege? What is […]

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 […]

How To Use This Blog

The idea of FAQs is a response to the following phenomenon: when new users come into an established discussion group, such as the commenting community at feminist blogs, they often ask questions that have been frequently answered beforehand. This often leads to mutual frustration, as the established community doesn’t wish to go over old ground (especially when doing so derails an interesting discussion), and the new user doesn’t wish to be ignored. Thus ariseth flamewars.

So, long ago in a USENet far far away, the convention arose whereby discussion groups put together an FAQ, and when one of the oft-covered basic questions was raised, people could just say “Read the FAQ” or, if they were being more helpful [1], point to the specific answer in the FAQ. This was often known as handing the newbie a cluestick.

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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