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I am looking for information and I am hoping that you can help me. My english paper is about feminism, but not as a movement for women's rights, but as a way of life. I am trying to prove that if we took the name away that it would become something that we could all encompass into our everyday lives. Equality for all of humanity is what I understand the feminist movement to be about. I am having a hard time finding the appropriate info. At first I was looking into giving the movement a new name, Humanism, but that carried too much baggage. Then radical humanism came to mind, but there is virtually no info on that topic. My idea is that if feminism had a new name or no name at all that it would no longer carry the misconceptions of old hairy, men-hating lesbians, that feminism carries among youth today. Can you help?

Thanks for your note to FEMINIST.COM. While I agree that feminism is a way of life, I don't think it's the name that is the problem. Yes, feminism is more often misunderstood than understood, but I believe that what people really fear isn't the name itself, but what the name stands for--equality of all people. Therefore, if you change the name before long that new name will be problematic, too, because people will realize that it is was feminism used to be. The problem with humanism is that feminists still must lobby human rights to include women--in other words it still needs feminizing. So that doesn't work.

Therefore, I think the best approach is to stick with the name and to try to get people to understand what it really means--as you said - the equality of all people - and when people are given this definition they are more likely to support feminism - so the approach might be to spend more time defining it.

You also need to name it when you see it. For instance, a long time ago nobody--except feminists--took domestic violence seriously--now they do and it no longer is described as something feminist. So you concentrate on the specific issue at hand and then let feminism be the natural conclusion.


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