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BC: "Feminism." Def. 1 & 2. Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 2011. Web. 25 July 2011. "Feminist HIstory." Feminists for Life of America. N.p. 2011, Web. 26. July 2011. Path: http://www.feministsforlife.org/history/index.htm. Feminist Majority Foundation. N.p., 2009. Web 26 July 2011. Path: http://www.feminist.org/. Valenti, Jessica. Feministing . N.p., 2009. Web. 26 July 2011. Path: http://jessicavalenti.com/feministing/. 1001 Feminist Quotes. Advertisement. The Feminist Ezine . The Grrl Power Webring, n.d. Web. 26 July 2011. .

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1: Feminism Scrapbook Jessica Valenti, from module 1 has inspired me to describe what feminism is to me. In her Video, she had said, "most people are feminist, they just don't know it." This is my journey of figuring out and describing what feminism is to me at this point in the semester. I aim to help other viewers break the mold, and join the movement of feminism. I have included educational pages with history, stereotypes, facts about feminism, along with quotes and inspirational pictures for the differnet types of learners out there. Enjoy! -Megan

2: Breaking the mold: What does a feminist look like?

3: "Feminist are just women who don't want to be treated like shit" - Su, An Australian woman

4: feminism noun \fe-m-ni-zm\ 1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes 2 : organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests -Webster dictionary | "Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings" - Cheris Kramarae | "It is a campaign against gender inequalities and it strives for equal rights for men" -Unknown | "The right to enough information avaiaable to every single woman so that she can make a choice to live a life which is non-discriminary and which takes within the princiles of social, cultural, political and economic equality and indepedence" -Unknown | How would you define feminism?

5: "Men weren't really the enemy-they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill" - Betty Friedan

6: The First Wave Late 19th and Early 20th Century -Opening up various opportunities for women. -Especially the right to vote. Susan Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton two of the most important thinkers of this early stage -Differences between men and women were a concern ; many women urged politicians to vote for Prohibition. | The Second Wave Starting in the 1960’s-1990’s -Connected to other movements such as anti-Vietnam protests and civil rights movement -Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan are prominent women of this wave -Stressed important social and economic issues between women and men -Men and women are believed to be essentially different and women would be able to bring about a peaceful world, unlike men. | The Third Wave Late 1990’s- -Desire of young women to find a voice of their own and include the various groups that make up feminist thought -Rebecca Walker coined the term “third wave” -Feminists are interested in various women who make up wave; women of color; lesbian; bisexual; transgendered; low-income -Believe 2nd wave often excluded/overlooked the above disempowered groups -No matter what wave feminist belong to, all are fighting for the equality of women everywhere

7: "Never let the hand you hold, hold you down" -Unknown Author

8: " Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. if i fail, no one will say "She doesnt have what it takes." They will say "Women dont have what it takes." - Clare boothe Luce

9: Types of Feminism | Liberal.... Individualistic emphasis on Equality. Laws need to be changed and opportuniites have to be opened up to allow women to become equals in society. Most mainstream form of feminism. Evidence of progress is seen by the numbers of women in powerful positions that once were occupied by men. | Socialist... Aka Marxist feminist; Emphasizes true equality will not be achieved without economic overahuls. Believe fundamnetal inequalities are a part of a capitalist society because power and capital are distributed unevnely. Power needs to be redistributed through society. They focus on collective change and empowerment; individual like liberal feminist | Radical... Similiar to socialist; Emphasizes need for dramatic social change to achieve equality for women. Belief is that society is extremely patriarchal and until its transformed on all levels, the system will be unjust. Minitoiry of radical feminist are separatist ; believe men and women need to maintain separate instiutions and relationships | Third Wave Feminism.... Popular among younger women, many of whom are children of 1970's feminists. (Second wave feminist). Similiar to liberal feminist, it is very individualistic thinking. It does nto reject political activism, but they are focused more on personal empowerment inorder for social change to take place. Embraces individual identities in this complex, postmodern world and believe women should define themselves the way they desire. | Ecofeminism... Draws in ideas and brings together both teh women's movement and the environmental movement. feminist show the parallels between teh domination and explotation of both women and nature | Black.... Believe sexuism and racism are inseparably linked; Sexism will never be overcome why the system is still fundamentally racist. Grew from discontent of African Americans in 1970's who felt minotiry women's needs weren't being addressed. "Black" feminist often describes the needs of all women of color .

10: "The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it." -Roseanne Barr

11: -Feminists are all the same; -Feminists hate men; -Feminists are angry; -Feminisits are unattractive; -Feminists are whiny; -Feminists hate sex; -Feminists are bra-burners; -Feminists don't respect stay at home moms -Feminists are all lesbians -Feminists are all pro-choice ......FALSE!!!! | Common stereotypes about feminist...

12: Some Facts about Feminists... | -Some feminists hate men, some don't hate men; some women who don't call themselves feminists hate men. It's not about female dominance, but equality and a better life for women -Feminists aren't always angry, but everyone can become angry when dealing with injustice. Most feminists don't walk around angry all the time. - Feminists vary in appareance and tend to like look like everyone else in society. - Feminists are not whiny, yet swhen a woman expressing her discontent with societal norm is often labeled as whiny; she is no called agreeable and eager to compromise.

13: -Feminists don't hate sex, but some women love sex; Women fight the double-standard that is often placed on those who like sex (woman who like sex are "sluts") Feminists dont like the idea that women's bodies are objects to be used by men. - Some Feminists are lesbians, some are hetereosexual. Being supportive of lesbian rights, doesn't make you a lesbian. -Not all feminists are pro-choice; Women who are pro-life and pro-choce have alot in common as they both believe society needs to support women who choose to have a baby -Bra burning was a fad in 1970's; An uncommon fad. Most feminists do shave their legs and armpits also! At least in cultures where it is the social norm. | Some Facts Continued...

14: I USED to say........ "I'm Not a Feminist, But..." Have you ever said this? If so, now that you have taken the time to go through my scrapebook about what feminism is to me; do you still feel the same as when you opened the first page? Put the stereotypes aside and ask yourself why. | "There nothing ugly, irrational, or wrong than wanting a world where when are truely equals....so dont be afraid to call yourself a feminist!" -unknown author

15: These are a few things that make me a feminist. | ...I am a high school, and college graduate. | ...I am a successful single mother. | ....I donate regularly to a woman's battered shelter in efforts to make it easier on women in need. | ...Men and women should be paid equal for the same career | ... I am raising my son to respect women, as he will respect other men | ....I dont expect a man to take care of me; I am responsible for my own happiness | ...I exercise my right to vote. | ... | ...I believe that my voice will make a difference.

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