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The Equality Fighters
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This is a community for HAPPY FEMINISTS. We are here to express our learnings, our discoveries, our areas of interest and to help one another. There is no bashing or deminishing of people's individual opinions and take on issues. This is a pro-choice, pro-individuality, pro-self site. It is for women, men, animals, and individuals whose goal is to abolish sexism.

"Everywhere I go I proudly tell folks who want to know who I am and what I do that I am a writer, a feminist theorist, a cultural critic. I tell them I write about movies and popular culture, analyzing the message in the medium. Most people find this exciting and want to know more. Everyone goes to movies, watches television, glances through magazines, and everyone has thoughts about the messages they receive, about the images they look at. It is easy for the diverse public I encounter to understand what I do as a cultural critic, to understand my passion for writing... But feminist theory -- that's the place where the questions stop. Instead I tend to hear all about the evil of feminism and the bad feminists: how "they" hate men; how "they" want to go against nature -- and god; how "they" are all lesbians; how "they" are taking all the jobs and making the world hard for white men, who do not stand a chance.
When I ask these same folks about the feminist books or magazines they read, when I ask them about the feminist talks they have heard, about the feminist activists they know, they respond by letting me know that everything they know about feminism has come into their lives thirdhand, that they really have not come close enough to feminist movement to know what really happens, what it's really about. Mostly they think feminism is a bunch of angry women who want to be like men. They do not even think about feminism as being about rights -- about women gaining equal rights. When I talk about the feminism I know -- up close and personal -- they willingly listen, although when our conversations end, they are quick to tell me I am different, not like the "real" feminists who hate men, who are angry. I assure them I am as real and radical a feminist as one can be, and if they dare to come closer to feminism they will see it is not how they have imagined it.
Each time I leave one of these encounters, I want to have in my hand a little book so that I can say, read this book and it will tell you what feminism is, what the movement is about. I want to be holding in my hand a concise, fairly easy to read and understand book; not long book, not a book thick with hard to understand jargon and academic language, but a straighforward, clear book -- easy to read without being simplistic.
I have wanted them to have an answer to the question 'what is feminism?' that is rooted neither in fear or fantasy. I have wanted them to have this simple definition to read again and again so they know: 'Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploration, and oppression.'"

-bell hooks, feminism is for everybody

I too have wanted an outlet I could provide where women and men of all different origins and backgrounds can find a common ground to discuss feminist issues, hardships and discoveries. A place where a large vocabulary or a vast knowledge of feminist politics is unnecessary. This is that place.

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I am also currently looking for a second maintainer who is active and would have the time an energy to help me keep up and moderate this wonderful community. Let me know if you're interested.