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Being a "good" feminist

I feel like my feminist credentials are being doubted.. so in response.

1. I consider myself a feminist, and have no problems saying it.
2. I spent 2 years teaching in Middle Schools. Teaching Math and Science in an after school program with Girl Start.
3. I contributed to a micro credit loan for a woman in Europe. Specifically choosing a woman, not a man.
4. I took a month long intense training with SafePlace on Domestic Abuse, and how to deal with women and men facing those issues. I cried in the training.
5. I donate to human rights orgs, children orgs, developmentally challenged children, and the environment.
6. I am a computer scientist, a lot of times the only woman in meetings.
7. I am one of the few women at work that don't wear makeup to work.
8. I encourage women to be financially independent.

Sometimes I think the main deterrant to women's rights is that the women just can't fucking get along.




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Mar. 15th, 2008 10:52 am (UTC)
spot on
I think that's pretty spot on. Particularily the part about females being their own worst enemies.

In elections in Norway, for example, pretty much every political party will have exactly as many female as male candidates, in general the lists will have males and females in every second position, more or less.

Yet, in elections, still only about 30-40% of those elected are female. Voters can, in addition to picking a list give a "preference" vote to their prefered candidate, or conversely remove one or more name from the list before voting.

And it turns out that overwhelmingly, the reason is that females are giving their preference-votes to men, and removing other females from the lists. More so than men. This means, paradoxically, that female representation in politics in Norway would be BETTER if only men where allowed to vote. Which is truly bizarre.

No clue if it works like that in USA too, but it would not surprise me if it does.
Mar. 15th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
Re: spot on
wow. that is really fascinating!!!

thanks for posting that.
Mar. 15th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, the word "feminism" has been abused beyond recognition, so that no one really knows what it means anymore.
Mar. 16th, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)
I agree. What does it mean?
Mar. 16th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
At her workplace, Michelle was "brought down" by the other women who thought that M wanting to spend time with her kids made the other women's decision to be workaholics look bad.

The guys at M's workplace all thought it was wonderful that she wanted to be with her kids -- they all "wished" they could do the same.
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