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Hi!

My name is Valerie, though you can call me Unpredictable Angel. I have a e zine and I want my next issue to be about Feminism. I have searched for books at my local library and I have searched for endless hours on the computer. I have many resourceful links for great sites, but I was wondering if you wouldn't mind answering a few questions for me, for my own personal benefit and also for the readers of my zine.


1. What exactly is feminism?

2. Do most feminists disagree with abortions? Why?

3. Are some feminists doing it for the wrong reasons? What are the wrong reasons to be a feminist?

4. Would you say that feminism should be more important in third world countries than in the United States or Canada where we aren't faced with constant male repression?

5. What kind of things can people do to support feminism?

6. Why be a feminist?

7. What other things do feminists support?


Thank you for taking the time to fill this out.

Thank you once again.

Cheers & Respect,

Unpredictable Angel

 

Dear Valerie,

I'm happy to answer your questions:

1. What exactly is feminism?

Feminism is a the movement to ensure that each individual has enough information to make informed choices about his/her life
-- it's really about a value system that equally respects all individuals and their choices
.
2. Do most feminists disagree with abortions? Why?

Most feminists would fight to keep abortion safe, legal and rare -- and most would support women's access to make such a choice. However, not all feminists would/could make this choice and many even oppose it in their personal lives - but opposing it
as a whole is a contradiction to feminism, which is about opening up choice.

3. Are some feminists doing it for the wrong reasons? What are the wrong reasons to be a feminist?

You shouldn't be a feminist if you are only interested in your own personal rights and what choices you can make -- you have to be in it for all. It's also not about "pro-women" politics -- for instance, how many women are CEOS -- it's about changing the situation for everyone
.
4. Would you say that feminism should be more important in third world countries than in the United States or Canada where we aren't faced with constant male repression?

I think it's equally important everywhere.

5. What kind of things can people do to support feminism?

People can find something in their own community or lives that they want to change and start there. It might be as simple as saying "that's not funny" to a racist joke or you might work to get moving tickets donated to your local battered women's shelter.

6. Why be a feminist?

Because your life will be improved and so will the lives of those around you.

7. What other things do feminists support?

It depends on the feminist.

—Amy

 

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