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    I'm probably going to leave something out because the reasons why so many women have rejected the label of feminism is really complex. But I will give it a shot.

    There was an intense campaign to paint all feminists as man-hating bitches who just wanted to replace man in the hierarchy. See: feminazis. This scared a lot of women away.

    There was also a massive split between the liberal and conservative women on what feminism means. See: abortion. This had the effect of leading to many conservative women rejecting the label feminism.

    There was a massive split along the color and to a lesser extent class line back in the 60s and 70s due to a bunch of privileged white women defining feminism in such a way that completely erased women of color and largely ignored what poor white women were doing. See: Betty Friedan. This led to many women of color and poor white women rejecting the label feminism and coming up with their own label(s) for a while.

    There was also a massive schism in feminism between cis women and lesbians, trans women, and bisexuals.

    All of this led to women like me rejecting the label for many years out of fear of how we would be stereotyped if we did openly identify as a feminist.

    However, now that the concept of intersectionality has become more widespread, many more women are opening themselves up to the idea that they are feminists.

    Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

    by moviemeister76 on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 07:45:27 PM PST

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