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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Feminist Quiz

  1. Who were some of your earliest female role models? 
  2. What was it about them that you admired or wanted to emulate?
  3. How old were you when you first began noticing the inequality between the sexes?
  4. Do you have an example? How did it make you feel?
  5. How old were you when you found feminism or feminist influences?
  6. Who are a few of your greatest feminist influences?
  7. Did feminism inspire you to see/live beyond the sexist inequality?
  8. Has feminism removed the patriarchal blinders and let you see the true power of women? 
  9. Has feminism allowed you to find and experience your own female power?
  10. Have you given anything back to the feminist debt women today owe?

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  1. "Who were some of your earliest female role models? "

    When I was in grammar school, I read about Amelia Earhart. She was one of my favorite female role models because she was so independent. Also, I admired some of my female teachers.

    "How old were you when you first began noticing the inequality between the sexes? "

    My first memories were the different ways in which my parents treated the boys and girls. For example, most of the time the boys got to stay out later than the girls. Also, the boys rarely had to do any housework. I don't think I ever saw my brother wash dishes.

    "How old were you when you found feminism or feminist influences?"

    In my first year at college, I took a women's history class. It was like opening a whole new world to me.

    "Has feminism allowed you to find and experience your own female power?"

    It has made me realize that there were brave women who came before me, and that their struggle is my own struggle.

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  2. Who were some of your earliest female role models? Negative and positive ones! My mother was a right-wing housewife who had given up a pretty interesting international career for marriage, suburbia and kids. Although this was entirely what she thought she ought to do, she resented it and us. There were nuns, who were interesting, and some female saints, and some teachers at my school, including the woman who helped me get over my speech defect and taught me to read poetry, to whom I owe a huge debt of gratitude. Many more came to me through reading.
    What was it about them that you admired or wanted to emulate? I was aware of not wanting to emulate my mother as she was so clearly unhappy. The logical alternative to being married was becoming a nun, but although I was very religious, I knew I did not want to do that either. I had to find another way of being me.
    How old were you when you first began noticing the inequality between the sexes? I was the only girl, with three brothers. They started on the 'girls can't do x or y' pretty early on, We were treated differently at home by my mother (home was her province) and it used to make me furious. For example, my brothers ate faster than me. As soon as they had finished their first course, my mother would make me get up and serve them their next course, while my unfinished food got cold on my plate. Nowadays I have to watch my tendency to gobble my food - but I still eat slower than my brothers do.
    How old were you when you found feminism or feminist influences? In my teens I got involved in anti-racism and the peace movement. I noticed quite a lot of sexism, and quite a lot of what I recognised as male posturing from having seen it with my brothers, which made me think a bit. Then when I was seventeen I bought a copy of The Female Eunuch, and it blew my mind. I think I stayed awake through two or three nights to read and re-read it. Not long after I was reading Spare Rib, going to all-women protests and studying women's literature at university.
    Who are a few of your greatest feminist influences? Germaine Greer, Adrienne Rich, Marge Piercy, Sarah Scott, Mary Wollstonecroft, many others.
    Did feminism inspire you to see/live beyond the sexist inequality? To try to, always.
    Has feminism removed the patriarchal blinders and let you see the true power of women? A tricky one to answer - it's hard not to internalise the misogyny one has been brought up in, and also hard to recognise where I'm affected by it.
    Has feminism allowed you to find and experience your own female power? There are ways of limiting my own power which I now recognise and have some tactics to counteract.
    Have you given anything back to the feminist debt women today owe? I'm 53 now, and in the last few years have realised just how many of the gains we worked and campaigned for are in danger and how many of them have been lost. My friends in their 20s are facing in some ways an even more hostile and misogynistic world. I begin to understand the impatience of the older feminist! I really kind of thought we'd have sorted out some of this BS by now!

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  3. Why don't more women Raunde respond to these positive posts? if this were a post criticizing transition, your readers would be all over it.

    Young females need this kind of positive influence, just screaming "Transition is bad!" over and over isn't stemming the tide.

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  4. These posts make clear that trans readers arent any kind of feminist reader. Because feminism dismantles every aspect of all forms of transition.

    It also makes clear trans female readers have no value of female whatsoever, except where they can attack other females, just like patriarchy taught them.

    Lets face it, feminism require critical analytical thinking, without as well as within.

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  5. Role models for women madonna pink theres alot.....

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