Favorite Feminist Definitions
Feminism is the advocacy of women's rights based on the equality of the sexes.
Feminism is the radical notion that women are people. Marie Shear
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 doormat or prostitute. Dame Rebecca West
Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression.
At bottom, feminism is a mode of analysis, an approach to life and politics, a way of asking questions and searching for answers. Nancy Harstock
It's agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to "choose" between public justice and private happiness. It asks that women be free to define themselves-- instead of having their identity defined for them, time and time again, by their culture and their men. Susan Faludi
At is core, feminism is a multi-issue movement committed to extremely long-term goals: the ending of patriarchy; the achievement of economic, political, and social equality for all women; and the creation of a world free from sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, ageism, ableism, violence, and environmental exploitation.
It is not a matter of idle curiosity who gets put into which camp, male or female. It's not like dividing people up on the basis of whether their last name begins with a letter between A and M or one between N and Z. Whether you're designated female or male has an enormous impact on what sort of life you can lead, what opportunities will or will not be presented to you, and what people will expect of you. That realization, and the belief that this situation is unjust, is for me, a bottom line definition of feminism-- not the only definition, but a very basic one. Cynthia Eller
Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians. Pat Robertson