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Hi! I am a highschooler writing a 1500 word article about feminism and what a modern feminist is; where we've been and how far we have to go. I need some help...some opinions, I don't know who to ask about this issue. If someone here could fill me in on their opinions, or have a few people fill me in on their opinions, please contact me! I do not want to leave anything out...I want to make my point objectively, but have enough information to sound like I know what I'm talking about (and I'm learning a great deal). Thank you so much for your time, Rachel

Thanks for your note to Feminist.com. I think that the best way to describe "modern feminism" is to talk about all of the women who live feminist lives--rather than making a living as a feminist. For instance, is your mother or your aunt a feminist in her everyday actions? Does she refuse to be treated as a second-class citizen? If yes, how does she do that, by either working outside the home or insisting that her work inside the home is equally valuable?

Another example, what about your classmates--is there a female classmate who excels at sports or calculus and, therefore, disproves the presumption that men are better athletes and better at math? Even if there is one exception to the rule, it disproves the rule.

Also, what about male feminists? Do you have a brother, a dad, a male friend who knows that you and he are equal--though you have different qualities and strengths--each is a compliment to the other and no one is better than the other, just different.

Does that help? For more examples, look at other people who have written to Ask Amy. See the previous Q&A's posted at the site.

Good luck--I'm sure you will do a great job - happy writing.


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