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Why is Feminist a negative word?

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Posted: 21 August 2009 at 6:30am | IP Logged

Generally when one hears the word 'Feminist', what come to mind is a man-hating, highly opinionated woman. In fact, Feminism is a political discourse aimed at equal political, legal and economic rights for women. Going by the definition, I would consider myself a feminist. I'm all for equal rights for women.

Then why is Feminism misunderstood. Would like to know your views.

Edited by sandy14 - 21 August 2009 at 6:31am

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Posted: 21 August 2009 at 11:57am | IP Logged
Actuly Feminist hates men...thats their probs....and they lack ambition.....Big smile
chal_phek_mat Senior Member

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Posted: 21 August 2009 at 1:03pm | IP Logged
Well it isnt a negative word(but so isnt hypocriteWink)
Feminists want equal rights, but they also want women to be preferentially b'cos they have been ill-treated for centuries.
Again this has nothing to do with a particular gender, there have been men who are feminists and there are women who are feminists
I can see why some feel it is a negative word b'cos most people hate using someone else's misfortune to further oneself as a bad thing
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Posted: 21 August 2009 at 4:17pm | IP Logged
It rele depends on they way in which the context is used in.Smile
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Posted: 21 August 2009 at 6:11pm | IP Logged
Just like racist and misogynist are negative words.

Feminism started out as a positive concept. In the past women were considered and treated as second class citizens. The feminist movement began in order to emancipate women into society as equal. Secure voting rights, employments rights, break down negative stereotypes.

The problem is that some people have gone overboard in the process. Instead of equality they want privileges and special treatment. They expect compensation for past wrongs. They take advantage of situations to manipulate things in their way. Many behave in a way that women are better than men.

While many overboard women are at fault, the issue is compounded by the fragile egoes of men. Women are less dependent on men. They have no problems leaving men if they feel they are incompatible. Men who are socially conditioned to believe women always depend on their men or stick by their men etc, feel that this sense of independence means that they hate men. People who are used to seeing women in their cultures, families be on the shier quiet or submissive side feel that frank and straightforward women are too opinionated for their own good.

So with the combination of both feminist is negative.

I'm an omniist. I don't discriminate. I hate everybody equally. Men and Women.

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Posted: 21 August 2009 at 11:33pm | IP Logged
No word is "negative", it is the connotation that people bring about that makes the word negative. Feminism is all great whoop-tee-doo, its just the feminists that are annoying.

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