Posted by: bethanys11 | January 21, 2014

Dalai Lama Quote

Dalai Lama Quote

Thought this pertained to what we were talking about in class today. Being “feminist” truly does mean standing up for women’s rights -the view of it has just gotten distorted over the years.

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  1. I love this! I am a huge believer in women’s rights and equality for women but I used to associate a negative vibe with the word “feminist.” Most people i encountered made it out to be a bad thing, especially my guy friends so I never wanted to be called a feminist. It took me a while to realize that, like we said in class, feminist means you believe in women’s rights. So after our discussion in class and this quote, being called a feminist is does not have a negative connotation to it anymore.

  2. I like this a lot. It reminds us that not all people who identify themselves as feminists are extremists. I have not referred to myself as a feminist in the past because I don’t want people to think the wrong thing. Some people associate feminism with things like hating men or refusing to wear make up. It reminds me of a line in “That 70’s Show” when the mom says “equal rights is fine but put on a little lipstick.” Feminism does mean anything other than the fact that you fight for equal rights for women.

    For me, the problem occurs when women want special treatment rather than equal treatment. Ideas like the quota system are reverse discrimination. Also, some people argue that women should be put in top level positions because they have certain characteristics that are helpful. Not all women are the same and candidates for a position should be evaluated for their characteristics, traits, and skills as a PERSON, not for their gender.

  3. This is a really awesome picture/quote! I know that feminism is often associated with a lot of negative stereotypes for women, but it shouldn’t be that way. In my mind, EVERYONE should be a feminist. Women should be feminists because they should want to be seen as equals, and men should be feminists because they want to see women as their equals. This does not necessarily mean that these people are always shoving ideas of equality down people’s throats, it doesn’t mean that they are overly-aggressive, or any of those other negative stereotypes that we talked about in class. To me, feminism is just for people who believe in gender equality. Really, to me, we should be past this by now. Just like we should be way past the issue of racism, we should be way past the old-fashioned mindset that men and women aren’t able to do many of the same things and that women are inferior. Yes, I am a feminist. But I’m not going to throw my opinions at you or try to change your mind about the way you feel about men/women/gender. I am simply going to stick up for my own rights, and the rights of women everywhere. Why? Because we deserve it. If that attaches me to bad stereotypes, then so be it, but again, EVERYONE should be a “feminist” at this point in time.


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