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Jul. 6th, 2003 | 01:56 pm

One question I've frequently wondered is how I managed to become a feminist at a young age. I grew up in a dysfunctional family in a fundamentalist christian church, so where was I exposed to the concepts?

I've come up with two possible explinations, first is just the inherent inequalities of power were so blatent and obvious to me that I derived the basics of feminism from observation.

Another explination is that in criticizing the "horrors" of feminism, the church exposed me to the concepts of feminism.

An excellent example was the tirades against the equal rights amendment, ministers frequently refered to that as "Eve rules adam" which in their patriarchal world view was obviously a bad idea.

However to me, extending equal rights to other sapients, such as that "alien" other--women, seems like what one should do in a civilized society. (The sapient comment probably came from all of the science fiction I read).

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from: musicwomyn
date: Jul. 6th, 2003 02:57 pm (UTC)
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I have often wondered that myself. I think it can be the combination of the two. I also had another addition-TV. I became a feminist (okay, I was a feminazi) at age 11 because of temple and the exclusion of womyn from the scriptures, watching the imbalance of power in my parents' marriage, and television (especially commercials). I always hated seeing only womyn with cleaning products and kids.

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from: alienghic
date: Jul. 6th, 2003 09:13 pm (UTC)
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There's some pretty nasty mistreatment of womyn floating around in the old testament.

I was always frustrated by womyn who weren't competant on their own. (Princess lea who grabbed a blaster and started helping her escape was good, the countless womyn who stood by and screamed while waiting for a man to come rescue them was so increadibly frustrating).

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from: usqueba
date: Jul. 8th, 2003 11:26 pm (UTC)
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I got angry being told (usually by my brother's friends) "Girls can't do that". What? The only thing a girl CAN'T do is father children. Not that I thought of that example as a kid... Most men are stronger than women, but then I've met some pretty strong/ass-kicking women in my life.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jul. 8th, 2003 11:55 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, there was this one lesbian I knew who could do 20 pull ups, she was impressivly strong. (Though not terribly flexible).

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