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Matthieu Miossec

Doctoral Student - Genetic Medecine (Congenital Heart Disease),

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Would you call yourself a feminist? Why or why not?

Is there something about feminism you don't agree with?
Is the problem you perceive with the people in the movement or the idea behind feminism?
What are the most important priorities for feminism today, what are the least?
What would feminism be like if you had your way?
Is there something you'd like to propose instead that is altogether not feminism?

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    Sep 3 2012: I am a feminist because there should be no question of equality in society - the natural differences between male and female biology (any race for that matter) means nothing in the world we should be striving to build.

    The fact women have to fight for rights they already deserve is disturbing and really does shows how masculinity has supervened on many of the thoughts and behaviors in history... Even in scientific research.

    When it comes down to it, the movements and thoughts are feminism because masculinism is so predominant, otherwise it would just be practicing good humanism.
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      Sep 3 2012: Even more disturbing is that our era thinks that feminism in the west is all done and dusted.
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        Sep 3 2012: Hi Matthieu,
        This is common when we are trying to change a paradigm...sad but true!

        The first "modern movement for womens rights started in France in 1780-1790s.

        Womens suffrage movements started around the world in 1888, 1893/94, 1904.

        Women were not granted the right to vote in the US until 1920. New Zealand was the FIRST country to grant women the right to vote in 1893....HOORAY for NZ!

        A similar story happened with blacks....

        We had the Declaration of Independence (all men are created equal and free) adopted in 1776. OH...and most of the authors and signers of that document owned hundreds of slaves.

        Freedom for all people was reinforced again with the 15th amendment in 1870....100 yrs later!

        The Voting Rights Act gave blacks the right to vote in 1964....

        Of course there were lots of other laws and actions in between all this, but hey....look how long it took even AFTER our leaders decided that all people should be equal and free!

        So, now, some folks think this issue is all settled and ended, everybody is free and equal, when in fact it is still changing.....hopefully for the better.
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          Sep 3 2012: Nice to know the first modern feminist movement started in France...but France also didn't give the vote to women until after the 2nd world war, which is disgracefull!
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          Sep 4 2012: Hooray for NZ! I note NZ allowed Maori's to vote also a long time before other countries dropped racial barriers

          Australia, for example, only gave Aborigines the right to vote in the 1960's. Initially, they were treated as Fauna.
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        Sep 3 2012: Yeah....France...1944 right? At least they got in before Saudi Arabia....they are considering it for 2015!!!
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        Sep 8 2012: Hooray for NZ all right!!!

        Your comment caused me to do a little exploration Obey.....thanks:>)

        In the 1860s European politicians felt that the Maori should be assimilated into the main stream to ensure lasting peace. (This is interesting to think the Europeans wanted to "assimilate" the Maori, considering it was the Maori's home!!!). They also rewarded those Maori who fought alongside the crown. In 1867, Maori men (21yrs. of age) were elegible to vote.

        That, compared to what happened in the US is amazingly wonderful!!! Consider that some of the black people who served in the military in WWII were not even recognized as taking part until years later!!!

        The state I live in (Vermont) was the first state in the US to have a woman legislator, first woman judge, first women governor, first to legalize civil unions and same sex marriage, etc. It seems that Vermont has a different "group" of people than the rest of the country? It seems like NZ has a different "group" of people than other countries?

        My question is....what causes this difference? Why can people in some areas NOT see beyond their own limited beliefs, when others progrss in a more benificial way?

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