Someone indicated to me that he thought the cartoon I posted recently was "male bashing." I didn't intend that. As I commented to him, I laughed out loud when I saw it, but my husband didn't. My husband didn't care for the cartoon, and obviously neither did this reader. I'm taking the cartoon down, with my apologies.

I did want to copy something I read by more cows than people. She really stated VERY well my views of what it means to be a feminist: "I'm a feminist. When we got into a discussion ... about what that means, I begin with the quote "Feminism is the radical notion that women are people." And move to-- essentially a feminist is anyone who believes in (and I might add, is willing to work for) the full equality of men and women. I do not think that one needs to bash men in order to be a feminist."

Yes exactly.
Many thanks to the reader who honestly shared his feelings, and many thanks to blogger more cows.


Jan said…
I can't remember the cartoon, but I'm a female with a middle-aged memory. . . .
Anonymous said…
This is one of the most thoughtful, and incisive posts I've seen on the subject of what a feminist should be.
That makes me a feminist too.
hey thanks. wish i had seen the cartoon...

the thoughts and quote are not original to me (to state, perhaps, the obvious).

ani difranco has a good line in her poem "grand canyon"-
"Why can't all decent men and women
Call themselves feminists?
Out of respect
For those who fought for this
I mean, look around
We have this"

just been thinking about this great poem since posting my comment wyld's way the other day.
Rev SS said…
Just catching up on reading here. Missed the cartoon .. and love this definition of feminist. I read "Leaving Church" a year ago as I was leaving a church after a difficult 2 years. It was a huge gift to me.
Terri said…
"All the decent people, male and female, are feminists. The only people who are not feminists are those who believe that women are inherently inferior or undeserving of the respect and opportunity afforded men. Either you are a feminist or you are a sexist/misogynist. There is no box marked "other". Ani DiFranco

I'm sorry I've missed the conversation. One of my favorite topics.

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