Who’s Behind the Movement?

50 words that make us think “feminism,” courtesy of DeviantArt

It seems to be understood that the driving force behind the movement comes from a group who identifies themselves as “feminists.” Why is this? and who qualifies as a feminist?

According to Feminist.com, a feminist is:

each and every politically and socially conscious woman or man who works for equality within or outside the movement, writes about feminism, or calls her- or himself a feminist.”

and “feminism” is:

“In the most basic sense, feminism is exactly what the dictionary says it is: the movement for social, political, and economic equality of men and women…We prefer to add to that seemingly uncontroversial statement the following: feminism means that women have the right to enough information to make informed choices about their lives. And because “women” is an all encompassing term that includes middle-class white women, rich black lesbians, and working-class straight Asian women, an organic intertwining with movements for racial and economic equality, as well as gay rights, is inherent to the feminist mandate.”

Obviously, it is important to note here that a feminist need not be any certain type of woman, if a woman at all. Rather, he or she must simply desire equality among the sexes in all walks of life – be them social, political, economical, or otherwise. In any desire to retaliate against the harmful effects of attacking femininity and female sexuality by the media, one is (at least to some degree) connecting with the feminist incentive.

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