American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person whose beliefs and behavior are based on feminism.
- adj. Relating to feminism.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An advocate of the claims of women as the equals of men in the realms of literature and art as well as in the sociological world.
- n. One who devotes himself to the study of woman, especially from the physiological and medical points of view.
- adj. Relating to or in accordance with feminism.
- n. A person who supports the equality of women with men.
- n. A member of a feminist political movement.
- n. One who believes in bringing about the social, political, and economical equality of the sexes.
- adj. of or relating to or advocating equal rights for women
- n. a supporter of feminism
- First recorded in English 1894, from French féministe (1872). Ultimately from Latin fēminīnus, from fēmina ("woman"). See also feminine, feminism. (Wiktionary)
“When I use the word feminist to describe myself to my sons, I do not affix any adjective or prefix—radical, global, Marxist, Amazon, post- etc.—nor do I discuss historical waves unless it comes up in a specific context such as suffrage or Roe v.”
“I feel certain that they would not use the word feminist to describe themselves, but nonetheless, they have a growing awareness of the fact that the welfare of children is often tied to the political power of women.”
“Ross Douthat wrote about the debate over the term "feminist" in the NY Times:”
“Douthat argues that "whether or not Palin or Fiorina or Haley can legitimately claim the label feminist, their rise is a testament to the overall triumph of the women's movement.”
“For a long period during my adolescence and early adulthood it seemed that I would not live to hear the word feminist uttered in earnest by anyone my age or younger.”
“She asked rhetorically, How much do we want to police the term feminist?”
“If influential women like Ephron dismiss the anger of the second wave feminists as mere irritability, if conservative women co-opt the term feminist for an agenda which is anything but, and if young women persist in thinking that sexual freedom equals equality, we will be stuck where we are for a long time yet to come.”
“Worse, I contend, such an Everybody Movement is unlikely to achieve any of its ends, and certainly not such "oeuvres" as happen to involve women, should the title feminist have any meaning to the users after all.”
“Yet she is cautious about applying the term feminist to herself or her work.”
“Perhaps she would be doing better if the GOP had not spent the past 30 years villifying the term feminist and blaming us for destroying the American family.”
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