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You know your a feminist when........

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WeDONTneedanotherhero · 19/05/2011 11:53

it's a little tongue in cheek but it made me chuckle when I saw it here

-You yell at the television daily, hourly

  • Ms magazine costs a shitload in importing but you still buy it anyway
  • You've been arrested at a pro choice rally
  • You did NOT endorse Sarah Palin.
  • You know that bra burning is historically inaccurate.
  • You scare men at parties by calling yourself the "'F word'
  • You scare men and women at parties when you use the 'C' word - Cunt!!
  • Your daughter plays with tonka trucks and your son plays with lipstick
  • You have a cat who you trust more than the majority of people
  • You have probably and unfortunately once had a passionate raunchy affair with a misogynistic man or woman - or a right wing political woman/guy - but you learnt your lesson.
  • You study women's studies - or practically do with your home library of Judith Butler, Betty Friedan, Margaret Cho, Audre Lorde, Guerrilla Girls and Simone de Beauvoir and many more...
  • You know how to change a tyre, use a drill, fix your car and other DIY that your male friends or boyfriend asks you for help.
  • At a feminist reading circle everyone has a cat on their lap.
  • When you're called a bitch - you feel a bit warm and fuzzy inside.
  • You speak your mind and don't preface it with softening language.
  • You know Buffy studies is not about Sarah Michelle Gellar.
  • You've written in to the Advertising board.
  • You've never enjoyed being called a lady.
  • Campaign shirts clothed you through university
  • You can discriminate between chivalry, courtesy and condescension.
  • You laugh at masculismists
  • You scream when you hear a woman say "I'm not a feminist but.." hey 'lady' we're fighting for you.
  • Your letters to the editor never get published.
  • You have protest signs in a corner in the wardrobe
  • You probably paint or sew but can't successfully achieve either.
  • when you get excited when other women identify themselves as feminists.
  • when you regularly curse the patriarchy.
  • when men describe you as 'terrifying'.
  • when you get angry at anti-choicers.

when you're faced with men's appeals of victimhood.
  • when you have to explain to people it is not about hating men, masculinity or penises but about changing the system of a world run by men, for men, for the convenience of men.
  • when you're successful :)
  • when you write on toilet stall walls.

-when you get really frustrated with women and men that actually believe liberal feminism has created substantive equality
-when your intelligence and refusal to hide it intimidates men and women to the extent that they come to various conclusions (correctly or incorrectly) about your sexuality
-when you suggest that radical feminism has the most credible assessment of patriarchal society, and the construction of gender and sexuality and everyone looks at you like you have three heads
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WeDONTneedanotherhero · 19/05/2011 11:54

And thought I tick quite a few of these Grin

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Jazzicatz · 19/05/2011 11:56

I read that and smiled as I can tick many of those - actually made me feel really proud!

Portofino · 19/05/2011 11:58

Just a few cliches in there though Hmm

ElephantsAndMiasmas · 19/05/2011 14:02

I can tick a few (especially ROFL at "When you're called a bitch - you feel a bit warm and fuzzy inside"), but DEFINITELY not others.

There must be more though.

How about:

  • When you don't even need a card to play anti-feminist bingo any more

  • When you have feminist "slebs" that you would be in awe of meeting, but none of your friends/family have heard of them

  • When you realise that saying "i'm a feminist" only scares off men who aren't worth knowing in the first place

  • When you are constantly conducting mental counts of how many men/women are on the board of this company/panel of this game show/sitting in parliament
lisianthus · 21/05/2011 10:09

The cats thing is going over my head though, tbh. Cats are OK, but I'd like to get a dog.

Handy reference for feminist writers- thanks! I have some of Betty Friedan's stuff, which is dated but very interesting, particularly for the historical insight aspect, have read Simone de B, (but found it pretty hard going) and am now heading towards Amazon to check out a couple of the other writers, having found out iBooks is rubbish for this stuff.

darleneoconnor · 21/05/2011 10:55

who is margaret cho?

I Smile at that but it is a bit americanised.

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