Why the Word Feminist?

“Some people ask: “Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?” Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general—but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

How true are these words! I am fighting for the basic rights of females around the world, who have been subjected to all forms of repression, abuse, and exclusion, just because of their gender.    emilie in hawaii

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2 thoughts on “Why the Word Feminist?

  1. When people say things like that–“shouldn’t you be focused on everybody’s rights?”–I think, why is it so important to push women’s concerns out of sight? And why is it so important that YOU should direct where my attention should go, rather than I doing that myself?

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