adjective Sometimes fem·i·nis·tic .
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It wasn’t until the 1960s and '70s, in the United States, amid the sexual revolution, that the terms feminist and feminism gained widespread use. This period, considered to be the second wave of feminism, saw the publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, the debate over reproductive rights, and the founding of the National Organization for Women (NOW). While feminists questioned and challenged their prescribed roles in society, many antifeminists viewed this movement as threatening to traditional American family values. The semantics mattered: In 1970s polling, the majority of respondents were in favor of “women’s rights,” but less supportive when the labels “feminism” or “women’s liberation” were used.
In the late 1980s and early '90s, a period emerged that was characterized as postfeminist. Though the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) failed to be ratified by a sufficient number of states to become law, some people believed that many of its goals had been achieved, and they thus considered feminism passé. The June 1998 cover of Time magazine asked in dramatic bold letters, "Is Feminism Dead?” Activists of this era — also known as third-wave feminists — were more globally oriented and more inclusive of women of color, lesbians, transgender people, and other marginalized groups.
Supporters of gender equality in the early 2000s were less likely to self-identify as feminists. Some perceived the label feminist as exclusionary, misandrist, or anachronistic. However, the popularity of the word feminist may be on the rise again, as evidenced by its more open embrace by pop culture celebrities. But in a climate where women who call themselves feminists may be admired by some but singled out by others for harassment or threats of violence, we are faced with the challenge of affirming the core meaning of feminism, without its cultural and historical baggage, especially of the 20th century. Do you agree that women should have the same social, political, and economic rights as men? If you do, then you are in agreement with feminist ideals, even though you may still prefer to disavow the label.
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In 2015, Australian director Jocelyn Moorhouse topped the Year In Review list with “The Dressmaker,” her delightful feminist take on the spaghetti Western.
As one New Hampshire activist — a lifelong feminist — told me in early 2017, “Based on what happened with Hillary, I think we now need to nominate a man.”
On the last Friday in February, Cynthia Pong, a former public defender turned self-described feminist career coach, stood before a group of some 100 women gathered at LinkedIn’s New York headquarters in the Empire State building.A career coach’s best tips for how to manage up as a woman of color|Lila MacLellan|August 11, 2020|Quartz
Andersonville is also home to Women and Children First, one of the largest feminist bookstores in the United States.Chicago: A Midwestern Jewel for the LGBTQ Community|LGBTQ-Editor|July 11, 2020|No Straight News
Mexico’s feminist mobilizations continued the next day, March 9, with a women’s strike called “A Day Without Us.”
We just saw an edit of one called, “Doug Becomes A Feminist,” and I just really enjoyed watching it.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The feminist movement has encouraged women that they can initiate romantic relationships, too.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It might be the most powerful affirmation, and perhaps even a feminist or political statement, from any public person this year.
It was fearless and raunchy and fun and ridiculous and weird and feminist and powerful.
But it is particularly galling to watch the feminist superhero be treated in such a way.
"Margaret Fuller's father was thirty-two when she was born," writes Katharine Anthony in her biography of the great feminist.Seeing Things at Night|Heywood Broun
I know a certain ardent feminist, who is all for late marriage for women, and abhors my ideas on this subject.
Oh yes, Amory knew—any feminist knows—the toils men impose on women when they talk about Chivalry!
He would have attached a drapery business to the Royal Standard; but the feminist picture did even better.
But the misogynism of Strindberg was something far more than a merely intellectual appreciation of the Anti-Feminist standpoint.Modernities|Horace Barnett Samuel