A Definition of Feminism?

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is:  I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute.” 
Rebecca West, “Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice,” The Clarion, 14 Nov 1913, reprinted in The Young Rebecca, 1982

Dame Rebecca West (nee Cicely Isobel Andrews) was an English journalist, novelist and critic. Kenneth tynan described her as “the best journalist alive”, and in her youth she was prominent in the women’s movement.

What do you think? Are you happy to call yourself a feminist?  How do you define feminism today?


Posted on April 27th, 2009 by

3 Responses to “A Definition of Feminism?”

  1. Melissa says:

    Yes. I am a feminist.

  2. Marie says:

    Yes, I’m a feminist. I don’t think I have the room here to give my full definition, but the most important points include that feminism gives women choices and self-determination as well as all other basic human rights.

  3. Jane says:

    Thanks Marie. I think feminism is about valuing both genders equally and not having one gender being viewed as superior. Basically we still live in a man’s world and I don’t want to have to be like a man to be thought good! And don’t get me started on places where the most basic of human rights are violated for women. It debases all of us. Thanks for all your comments on the blog!

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