What is Feminism?

by Gloria Feldt on October 21st, 2009
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Check out my interview with Ted Simons, host of KAET-TV Horizon news show. We covered a wide range of questions on this topic. I’d love to know how you’d answer them. I posted this on Heartfeldt because we inevitably talked politics quite a bit.

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4 Responses to What is Feminism?

  1. cables says:

    If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.

  2. Aletha says:

    As a feminist revolutionary, I could not presume to answer the questions, what is feminism, or what is the unfinished business of feminism. There are too many possible answers, some more or less different ways of saying the same thing, some outright contradictory. For instance, President Obama may be influenced by feminism, but his claim to be a feminist I would dispute, while recognizing that for many women, he is supportive enough of feminism to deserve the title. I have many different ways of answering those questions myself. This is one answer, from the page on my blog About Free Soil Party:

    Free Soil is based on a fundamentally different value system, where dominance and subordination are not valued, other words of power and meaning are reclaimed, to affirm life, liberty, balanced, meaningful partnership between people and Nature as well as women and men, actually solving problems like poverty and pollution, to make the best of this world, instead of the most profit for the few while the many suffer from misery, war, despair perpetuated by this system of conventional wisdom.

    I could say, all this is implied by your concept of a fair shake for everyone, but many would not draw such sweeping implications of that concept. They may not see conventional wisdom and values as fundamentally incompatible with social justice or, ultimately, the capacity of Earth to sustain intelligent life, but as a feminist revolutionary visionary dreamer, I do.

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