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Thursday, May 13, 2010 --- 4:15

Submitted to and Rejected by: Posted by: Kathleen Quinn

On A Feminist’s U-Turn: A Torrid Tale of Disappointment and Discovery by Megan Carpentier

Whilst reading your journey on how you became a feminist I can't help but notice how different my own experience was. Though I don't think gender studies classes should be an all in all direct route to feminism, I think it helped me realize that there was a name for what I was. I grew up in a highly rigid religious environment, so most of my thoughts about women and their rights were taken as subversive and dangerous. Taking the gender studies class and also a human sexuality in art class, helped explain what sexism was to me in very real and
defining terms. This was a foreign realm to me. There was suddenly, not only a name, but a following of people that agreed with some of the ways that I felt about women in society. However, saying that, I want to stress that in the classes I took it was considered a movement, not a creed; and my teacher a describer of that movement and the tenets thereof, not a saint of the feminist gospel, as you describe. Throughout my self actualizing of being a feminist I was introduced to very different ideas of what feminism was supposed to represent. FMLA in my school was very obviously third wave and I did not agree with all of the ways that they conducted themselves. I thought of those girls as somewhat hypocrites of their own rhetoric. They would stand outside in mini-skirts handing out vagina pops whilst flirting with one another. I did not prescribe to that particular bent. However I did, in writing, sign-up for FMLA regardless, because they would support causes that I DID agree with, such as anti-rape benefits and violence against women rallies and events. Now I have grown to understand there is a berth of different ideas and concepts being tossed around by feminists all over the world that may or may not agree with my own. Women's rights has to do with a personal understanding of each individual situation. I think the thing that ties us together is that we want women to have the ability to do as
they please regardless of whether or not we agree with what that is. And I think the similarity between one feminist and another ends there.

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