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I need feminism because
It’s acceptable to call me a slut.
I need feminism because
It’s okay for a guy to slap my butt.
I need feminism because
It’s my own fault if a man rapes me.
I need feminism because
I should look good for men to see.
I need feminism because
People think it means ‘anti-man’.
I need feminism because
I can’t do things that men can.
I need feminism because
Girls think it’s cool to shame each other.
I need feminism because
The world has higher hopes for my brother.
I need feminism because
My femininity makes me ‘weak’.
I need feminism because
If I act masculine I’m a ‘freak’.
I need feminism because
My boobs are my ‘best quality’.
I need feminism because
I believe in equality.
Please let me know what you think :)



Okay. Woah.

So this has gotten a very diverse reaction, which I think is great; everyone's entitled to an opinion. A few of the comments are a tad aggressive and I kind of feel like I'm being accused of being a man-hating bitch or whatever. I'm sorry if this poem made me come across as such; if so, I'm sincerely sorry. So, I've decided to clear a few things up.

Firstly, know that it's not okay "for a guy to slap my butt". I know that, technically, it's illegal and counts as sexual harassment. However, some people still think it's an okay thing to do. I can testify this as I've been groped a fair few number of times by men I didn't know. One example would would be at a gig I went to, a lot of gigs I've been to, and men thought it was okay to slap/grab my bottom or cop a feel of my boobs. Just because it's illegal, it doesn't mean it doesn't happen, the same goes for drugs - just because their illegal it doesn't mean that people don't take them.

I know that, if I got raped it wouldn't be my fault. However, there is so much victim-blaming going on in the world that it physically sickens me. People saying that the victim was 'asking for it' by wearing skimpy clothes or flirting. At the end of the day, rape is wrong no matter what. If the victim was stood there absolutely naked then she/he still wouldn't be asking for it.  

Feminism is not anti-man. Some people who call themselves feminists might be that way but, personally, I am not. It's not what feminism means. Not at all. Feminism is a faction in the fight for equality for all, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexuality, identity or any other issue. Feminism isn't about women being better than men; it's about all of us being equal. Feminism is an idea, a concept, and that's what it means to me.

MY USERNAME IS A REFERENCE TO NIRVANA - I AM NOT CALLING MYSELF A WHORE IN A SERIOUS SENSE.




I'm kinda sick of this poem, to be honest. Thus I'M NOT GOING TO RESPOND TO ANY MORE COMMENTS ON IT. However, feel free to comment and interact with each other. If you want me to answer something, feel free to note me.
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Wendrom Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Interface Designer
This poem is very important. I believe more people need to understand these serious issues.
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Briannabater Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Photographer
Hear, hear.
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Briannabater Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Photographer
Thanks for writing this and sharing.  I agree 100%.
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ComixThreeSevens Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You live in your tiny, pathetic world of delusions. And I'm glad you do. Because of your own stupidity, you will be always living in a world where you feel discriminated. It's not true, but your tiny little brain cannot comprehend this. You basically created your own punishment.
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Briannabater Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Photographer
Why would you think that it's okay to say something like this?

Did you just misunderstand what she wrote?
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Eridans-Nipples Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
arnold schwarzennager 
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ShadowofWOPR Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
I think you need to stop eating up the high-piled crap left by third wave feminists and actually educate yourself.

"It's my own fault when a man rapes me"
Look up "Risk Minimization" you don't sue GM because you chose to drive 120mph without a seatbelt on.

"I can't do things men can"
Look up "Sexual Dimorphism"

"I believe in equality"
Oh so that's why 90% of the prison population is men...  And why genital mutilation against a woman carried $250k fine and 20 years in prison while genital mutilation against a man carries no fine or prison time and is considered a "religious right".
Or you know, how men get thrown into prison just for being accused of rape, but if a woman rapes a man not only did "the man enjoy it so it's not a crime" but now he must also "pay $20,000 in missed child support because your rapist had a child".

Yeah...  "Equality"...  As a male I would LOVE that...
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Briannabater Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Photographer
Wow... so you don't think it's a problem when a woman gets raped if you think she "did something to deserve it?"

You're all about the petty false equivalencies here, huh? 

Our culture is pretty good at telling women that they can't do things like be president, or run a large company.

Our culture has norms for men too, but instead, it tells them that they shouldn't stoop down so low as to play a role usually played by a women - or if her does, he's "girly"

So the worst insult you have for a man is that he's a girl.

You should get some perspective.
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ShadowofWOPR Featured By Owner 2 days ago
For someone claiming false equivalence you sure are keen to strawman.
I didn't say "you deserve to get raped" I said "You have some of the blame because you didn't partake in risk minimization"
huge difference.
Or to put it simply...  You don't dress in a red shirt and tan pants in a Target, because people will mistake you for wearing an employees uniform.  You may know you're not an employee, but you didn't take the 2 minutes to choose a different outfit to minimize your risk of being mistaken for one.
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You don't dress in a tube top, miniskirt, and g-string, go to slummy bars, then complain when people think you're a slut for the bedding.  Sure you may not be a slut, but you're wearing a sluts uniform, and *THAT* is your fault.

Or in a more extreme manner, you don't choose to wear a meat suit (because you're a lady gaga fan?) then go into an area filled with "DANGER - MOUNTAIN LIONS" signs.  You chose to wear the outfit, you chose to enter the area in said outfit, you chose to accept the dangers.  If you get attacked by a predator...  Well, I don't really have sympathy for the stupid.

"Our culture is pretty good at telling women they can't do things"
That's a good joke.  I don't even watch TV really but here, let me turn it on for about 5 minutes and see how many commercials there are telling women they *can* do whatever they want and how "in this day in age, young girls are under more stress than ever"
The answer is Three.
How many support commercials were there for males?  Zero.

"Our culture has norms for men too"
Yes it does.
"-but instead it tells them that they shouldn't stoop down and blahblahblah"
*sigh* No...  it just gives a double standard, you know the "You're a woman in the kitchen? HOW DARE YOU, YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER THAN THAT, STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS!" vs "You're a man on the side of a highway changing a tire?  Well that's to be expected of you, women are empowered now, you should have to serve them, heaven forbid they learn how to change a tire, that's not their job."

"So the worst insult you have for a man is that he's a girl?"
Uhh, no?  I never said that?  If I did I was comparing it to the stupidity of "Ban Bossy"?

And I find it funny you completely ignored all the other points, like that genital mutilation part, that's a fun one.  Here I even drew up a map for ya.
imgur.com/a/u6moV
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Briannabater Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Photographer
You say that women who are raped deserve part of the blame.  And that's the part you're interested in talking about most.  Yeah, that's insane.

Seriously, you lose the argument right there.

I don't care what you think of my clothes, if you rape me, it's you fault.  Tube tops are not immoral or illegal.  Raping someone is. 

Female genital mutilation is practiced by men as an assault on women to control and hurt them.  Circumcision is a medical procedure practiced to make men healthier.  It was started by men and it's generally done by men.  So why are you complaining and why all the sad false equivalency?
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