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December 2, 2013

What is in the Meaning of the word Feminist? ~ Laura Kutney

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.”

~ Rebecca West

As a writer, I play with words in my mind all of the time. I love the synonym button on Microsoft Word. And I have always felt that Rhyme Zone is a website that was made just for me.

So just what is it about certain words that stop us and make us think?

Is it the way they sound and whether they are pleasing to our ears?

Is it the way they look in script on the page?

You may feel that you are not in this group or that this does not apply to you, but all of us (non-writers included) have considered words and their meanings intently when we have named a pet or a baby.

What does the name sound like?

How will the initials look on a monogram?

Yes, I am guessing that more of us care about words than people might think.

So, back to the word feminist—it stands for people who are for feminism, which I definitely feel a part of. I tried looking up quotes on the word feminist and there were so very few compared to a search of the word feminism and I think I might know why.

Where feminism is a movement, feminist is a label and people don’t like to be labeled.

I also found a like-minded person who gave a very bold and gutsy talk to a room full of feminists on this very issue. I don’t want to give it away, so watch and enjoy!

 

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