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#61 of 62 Old 09-02-2004, 05:24 PM
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Reading your list really reminds me that everything is a matter of perspective.

It is funny to me that you cite all this stuff you have seen on these boards as representing "modern" feminism.. because I don't consider these boards particularly feminist! I would never recommend MDC as a place to learn about feminism.

I also think it is interesting that you think feminists are dismissive of porn, when in fact feminists have traditionally lead the charge AGAINST porn, as many see it as degrading to women.
Now, I PERSONALLY have no issues with porn, but many feminists do.

It is true that many feminists QUESTION traditional institutions and gender roles. But it is not true to say they dismiss them. Some do. Some don't. Many feminists are married. And some are pro-life.. though yes, choice in reproductive rights is a classic feminist position.

And I have to underline CLASSIC.
Not much of what you mention is particularly "neo," except perhaps for Goddess spirituality... I have never read that Susan B. Anthony or Elizabeth Cady Stanton were Pagan.

Still.. none of these things define feminism.
Feminism was, is, and will be.. simply the belief that women are of equal worth to men.. and deserve to be treated as such.. by whatever definition THEY choose.

Perhaps the latter is what bothers you.. since your faith defines a woman's role so specifically. And feminism says women should have the choice of defining themselves.
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ashera, all the things I listed are things I've seen on MDC, written by women who consider themselves feminist. (the porn one was in Parents as Partners) As I said, I understand that not all feminists believe exactly alike.

You may be right about me, though. My faith does define womanhood specifically. Perhaps that's my root issue with feminism.
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