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Feminism used to mean something good but this word started to become associated with bad things at the present day. Feminism used to represent women trying to find their own path in this world. Women are allowed to do what they want in order to reach their goals. Modern-day feminism is different from that. This is probably because the goal of feminism has already been achieved. There are a lot of women now who are allowed to become their own bosses. Feminism right now focuses on oppression.

Women use their sex in order to get the best deals out of the situation even if they do not deserve it. When they feel that they are being slighted, they use the victim card because they are women. This is the reason why feminism is not considered true anymore.

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In general, feminists do not hate men. Of course, there may be some individual feminists who do hate men but to think that all feminists hate men is simply not true. Feminism is a political movement and a philosophy of equality for all, including equality for women and men. So hating men actually goes against the philosophy.

Saying all feminists hate men is like saying all white people are in favor of slavery. Two hundred years ago, feminists advocated for the right to vote, to own property, and to attend college. In essence, it’s been a struggle for equality for a long time.

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Feminists are angry because they have many reasons to be angry. For thousands of years, women have been victims of domestic violence, sexual and familial harassment and abuse, prevented from making reproductive decisions about their own bodies, and they have been subject to workplace inequalities. Women have also been discouraged to speak out and are often belittled when they do. Not too many years ago, women who spoke out were committed to insane asylums or burned at the stake.

In addition, the progress towards improving these issues has always been slow and often seems to be getting slower. It’s just not fair that women are treated as inferior creatures when compared to men.

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I am not sure that being a male feminist is frowned upon by society. I can perhaps hazard a guess that it might be because feminism has always been a movement by women for women.

I personally do not see anything wrong with men helping the feminist movement to make progress so long as they understand how their gender can limit their understanding of certain womens’ issues. By this I mean a man will never be able to understand what it is like to give birth, go through menopause, or be viewed as worth less in the workplace when doing the same job.

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I don’t think it’s fair to generalize that feminists don’t shave their armpits. I am sure some, and maybe even many feminists don’t shave, but there are plenty of other women who also simply choose to not shave. Mintel, a consumer global market intelligence research firm with 13 offices in several different countries recently reported that “there has been a steady decline in millennial women removing hair from their legs and underarms”.

Perhaps the leading reason is that shaving foam and hair removal products can be bad for the skin and many women, again not just feminists, prefer more natural beauty products.

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I am a feminist because I believe in gender equality. I am also a feminist because for thousands of years, women have been victims of domestic violence, sexual and familial harassment and abuse, prevented from making reproductive decisions about their own bodies, and they have been subject to workplace inequalities. Women have also been discouraged to speak out and are often belittled when they do.

Not too many years ago, women who spoke out were committed to insane asylums or burned at the stake. In addition, the progress towards improving these issues has always been slow and often seems to be getting slower. It’s just not fair that women are treated as inferior creatures when compared to men

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We still need feminism because women are still not treated equally. Despite being slightly more than half of the US population, women hold less than 20 percent of the seats in Congress. Although a lot of progress had been made to narrow the pay gap between women and men, women still experience about a 20% pay gap. Sadly, women are not expected to reach pay equality with men for another hundred years, or until 2119. We still need feminism because outside the US women are still horribly oppressed.

Female genital mutilation is still being practiced in almost 30 countries. In more than 120 countries, no laws exist to prevent marital rape and young girls, some as young as 6 years old, can be forced to become child brides. Women in Afghanistan can be disfigured for going to college. The world will continue to need feminism until every woman in the world feels equal to men.

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Yes, women should be allowed to be a part of the workforce. Women are just as capable as men at most jobs. Furthermore, an April 2014 study by the Center for American Progress and the Center for Economic and Policy Research concluded that earnings by women significantly contributed to the strength and income of middle-class families and to the size of the US economy overall.

For example, the study reported that if women had not entered the workforce, the US Gross Domestic Product in 2012 would have been about 11 percent lower. By calculating for inflation from 2012 to 2014, 11 percent works out to more than $1.7 trillion less which is almost equal to the amount spent by the US government on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in 2012.

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Girlie feminism has also been called lipstick feminism or cupcake feminism. The term is usually used to describe a subset of younger females who want to highlight their more feminine side. These girlie feminists still believe in the values and goals of traditional feminism such as gender equality. But, girlie feminists prefer to highlight the fact that they also embrace feminine activities like wearing make-up or baking cupcakes and cookies.

They may also enjoy crafts such as knitting, sewing, or needlepoint. They use the term to distinguish themselves from more traditional feminists who have been viewed negatively, and inappropriately, as men-hating bitches.

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I think it is difficult to pick just one woman to be called the founder of feminism because throughout history there have been many brave women fighting for women’s rights and challenging the traditional male dominated norms not just in the United States but also in Europe. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were clearly leading feminists during what is now considered the first wave of the feminist movement.

During the second wave, which covered the early 1960s through the late 1980s, famous feminists included Gloria Steinem and Susan Brownmiller. Wilhelmina Drucker was a radical Dutch feminist during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

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