15 reasons why you’re a feminist

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If you’re reading this, and you’re a Man, and you are from the  Western World, well, chances are – you’re a feminist.

No, really. I was (am) a feminist. As much as I hate to admit it, my Russian Woman shows me up every day. And then I cringe in disgust as I realize that my entire life I’ve been endoctrinated as a feminist.

What exactly is a feminist?

Alana always asks me, “How do you describe feminism?” and “What is it exactly?” I decided to do a Google search and I came across this website that had 15 examples of how you may be a feminist and not even know it. The article is designed to show people, who have a negative view of feminism that they are actually feminists themselves.

Sadly, the article is dead on. I took the test and I had Alana take it as well and she beat me hands down. Yes, you read that correctly, my Russian Woman is less feminist than I am.

Down in the comments section where I found this test, one lady (Marielle Mondon) very succinctly explained what feminism is:

Marielle Mondon

She says:

“Bottom line: if you support equality between men and women, you are a feminist.”

Recognize, she didn’t say “If you support equal rights between Men and women, she said equality. This means, in her opinion, and in the opinion of all feminists, MEN AND WOMEN ARE THE SAME. And this is where feminism is wholly wrong – men and women are quite different. By assuming Men and women to be the same, you do a disservice to both. And in time, it degrades the fabric of our society. Look around you – divorce rate through the roof, the disintegration of the nuclear family, children raised by the state… I could go on and on.

Another woman writes that all “Do you think you are a feminist” questionnaires should have only these questions:

Choose one.
A) I think of women as inferior to men.
B) I am a feminist.

I suggest that it should read:

Choose one.
A) I think of women as different than men.
B) I am a feminist.

I’ll post the questions here and I recommend that you take the test yourself and then keep your score before scrolling down to read Alana’s answers. You may be shocked to find that Eastern Women are less feminist than you are.

Here is the article (since the writing of this post, the article has been removed or the website hosting the originating article is no longer functioning) and the “Am I a feminist” test in its entirety (bold & italicized):

So, you’ve been wondering whether you should be claiming the F-word. Feminists are often stereotyped as hairy-pitted activists who hate men, love women too much, are physically incapable of humor and probably don’t wear bras. Katy Perry recently accepted the Billboard Woman of the Year award by announcing to the world, “I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women.”
 
As Katy Perry demonstrates, feminism is often misunderstood. In fact, being a feminist simply means you are an advocate of the rights and equality of women. You don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman.
 
Still not convinced? Well, here are 15 signs you might be a feminist.
 
1) You are a supporter of rights and equality for men and women.
 
2) You took a women’s studies course and it motivated you to make a difference.
 
3) You thought this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show once again lacked diversity.
 
4) You pay special attention to how gender roles are portrayed in the media. 
 
5) You prefer to be recognized for your talents and not your looks.  
 
6) You are highly offended when you are given specific tasks based on your gender.
 
7) You don’t see anything wrong with women who run their own households.
 
8) You often wonder why men are still being paid more than women in the workforce.
 
9) You are interested in advocacy and have strong opinions about issues that affect everyone.
 
10) You’ve thought about taking self-defense classes in order to protect yourself.
 
11) You believe patriarchy is an unjust system that is oppressive to women.
 
12) The idea of getting married and having children in your 20s is not desirable.
 
13) You enjoy movies with a strong female lead. For example, you prefer The Hunger Games over Twilight.
 
14) During this year’s election, you were able to determine which politicians had no interest in protecting women’s reproductive rights. 
 
15) Unlike Katy Perry, you wouldn’t be afraid to call yourself a feminist. 
 

No matter who you are, if you believe in the strength of a woman, you’re soaking in feminism. You can call yourself whatever you want, but consider this: Any word that is feared has power. When a woman gives up her power, you have to question if she truly knows her worth.

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Really, here is the difference between feminists and us traditional men: feminists believe that Men and women must compete. Read the last sentence, “When a woman gives up her power…” The feminist assumes that a woman must compete – why can’t a woman compliment a Man and he compliments her? Alana is always asking me, “Why do American women want to compete with Men? It makes no sense to me.”

Ok, have you written down your score? If you scored 0 “yes” answers then you are not a feminist – at all. If you scored 12/15 “yes” answers, then I suggest you grow a pair and get over to Ukraine immediately.

Here are Alana’s answers. I wrote them into my iPhone between laughs. Seriously, I was laughing so hard as she gave me her answers; I haven’t laughed so hard in months. Her answers were MUCH MORE non-feminist than my answers and it really makes me re-think how I view the relationship between Men and women.

1) You are a supporter of rights and equality for men and women.

Alana: No

2) You took a women’s studies course and it motivated you to make a difference.

Alana: Seriously?

3) You thought this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show once again lacked diversity.

Alana: They are selling underwear, my friends from Japan buy underwear that European women wear, not Japanese women. It is a commercial project, they try to sell underwear, it should be no surprise that they select the women that sell the most product.

4) You pay special attention to how gender roles are portrayed in the media.

Alana: This is ridiculous? Are you kidding?

5) You prefer to be recognized for your talents and not your looks.

Alana: Why, I’m a woman – I know I’m smart, for what reason I will show everyone? I can show my legs, what is the problem?

6) You are highly offended when you are given specific tasks based on your gender.

Alana: What does this mean? I don’t understand.

Scott: It means, you get mad when you are expected to do Woman duties like cooking and cleaning while men do traditional male duties like cutting the grass.

Alana: Cutting trees is harder than washing the dishes, what is the problem?

7) You don’t see anything wrong with women who run their own households.

Alana: (Sarcastic look) “I think these women are alone.”

8) You often wonder why men are still being paid more than women in the workforce.

Alana: No, this is the main role of men, to pay women’s bills. Dear, it would be strange if I paid your bills.

9) You are interested in advocacy and have strong opinions about issues that affect everyone.

Alana: I believe that your main goal in life is to look after your husband, secondly, to look after your children, third, to care for your parents and then to worry about global issues. What’s the point to care about global warning if you don’t have a husband?

10) You’ve thought about taking self-defense classes in order to protect yourself.

Alana: For what point? Physically I am not so strong – I should use my logic & intelligence to avoid situations.

11) You believe patriarchy is an unjust system that is oppressive to women.

Alana: No, if every country believed in this system, we would have such a strong social system – it is the only system in which you can avoid anarchy.

12) The idea of getting married and having children in your 20s is not desirable.

Alana: Technically no, because most women are silly.  Getting married before 30 is OK and getting married after 30 is OK. But getting a sperm donor because you waited until 40 and have no man is stupid & selfish. These women don’t want a child, they want a toy; it is very selfish.

13) You enjoy movies with a strong female lead. For example, you prefer The Hunger Games over Twilight.

Alana: Seriously? Who watched that movie?

14) During this year’s election, you were able to determine which politicians had no interest in protecting women’s reproductive rights.

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Alana: I believe that women’s reproductive rights is not Man’s business.

15) Unlike Katy Perry, you wouldn’t be afraid to call yourself a feminist.

Alana: I can’t  believe that women believe in this, for me its strange.

Well, there it is, it seems that my Russian Woman is only 1/15th feminist (she answered “yes” to question #14). How about you? How did you score? I’d love to hear some feedback in the comments on how you fared in this feminist test. I’ll share how I answered later in a follow up comment.

.If you answered “yes” to more questions than “no,” then I suggest that you re-examine your own views on Male/Female relationships.

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24 thoughts on “15 reasons why you’re a feminist

  1. Another very good article, and another eye opener for me…

    I guess I was a feminist, I have to try and change.

    On the weekend I seen and watched this documentary from utube…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hgms5XpUQ54

    It was really very good, and the women are looking for a good guy to take care of and have a family with.

    Two other really good documentaries on guys who go to Russia looking for a wife.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq0WF8vxXkQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSHIO2bS9kQ

    Anyways keep up the great articles.

    Darryl

  2. Good article here, if you have a minute to add some info and ask her, I would be curious to know the why’s Alana gave to each of those answers. Especially the first one. Pretty much every woman and most men in America would answer yes to “equality between men and women.” What is that supposed to mean? Men and women are the same so we are supposed to do the same stuff in society? I am guilty of it too, but I am starting to think of it differently now. I noticed that she did explain some of them, but also number 7 and 11 I am wondering about. Perhaps you could go further into it in your next article. Just a request.

    • Yes, you’re a feminist same as me.

      Every time some person ahead of us is driving erratically, and we pass, Alana says, “Sure enough, it was a woman.”

      I cringe a bit and then I’m ashamed at myself for doing it. Men ARE better drivers than women – speaking only from a standpoint of coordination – men crash a lot because they drive agressively. But watch any woman parallel park and then watch a Man and you’ll know what I mean. Anyhows, these differences are well known by all, including in America. The difference is, it is ok to say the truth in this subject in Russia – in America it would earn you hatred from Men and women.

      Men and women are NOT equal and should NOT be treated equally. Every paramedic team I’ve seen this week is a Man and a woman. Sooner or later, she won’t be able to lift a person to safety and in this way, feminism kills.

  3. Your girlfriends response to those questions made me laugh so hard. What a realy woman you have :) She can teach a lot of women, including myself how to be more like a REAL woman. Especially here in North America. Thank you for your blog, i’m learning a lot!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed them; I tried to write them verbatim as she said them – it wasn’t always easy because I was laughing so hard.

  4. I’m a Ukrainian national who moved from Ukraine to Canada..and I must say I am less than impressed with North American girls. First off, they always want equal rights…yet still expect the guy to pay for everything. Second, I’ve noticed how un-fair divorces are to men in North America! The legal system has an extreme bias to men…

    Ok back to my main point..another problem I have with North American girls is how they dress…well they basically show as much skin as they can legally..I mean I don’t see how wearing jeans with your ass hanging out is attractive. Most of my North American friends agree that girls either dress trashy or dress way to lazily ( they have a weird obsession for those jogging pants over here).

    And they all have this “you owe me attitude” where men owe women everything and they can just take and take forever..then they act like their queens of the world and the guys can’t say anything or else we’re sexist..

    And it’s really gross how they eat over here too, all that fast food. And they wonder why they’re over-weight

    Sorry, I’ve been ranting again…but if I ever get married it will be to a Ukrainian woman.. not the feminists of NA

    • Good points all around – I’ve seen some ‘grad-student’ feminist comments on this site in the last few days & the online behavior mirrors what I see in real life with American women. My own Woman, Alana, she is HAPPY to do things for me – & I am happy to do things for her. She is genuinely interested in my happiness – my past American girlfriends were only interested in their happiness, or, if they cared about my welfare, it always had strings “what do I get in return?” So many NA women seem to only want to take and take and if you call them out on it, you get called a loser. With feminists, equality is never equal; it is lopsided and the man loses.

      I suppose Western Men are living in the Matrix – it isn’t until they take the pill that they realize that everything they see is a lie: the ‘average’ Western woman’s behavior is not “normal” and calling it as such is really quite honest.

  5. Seems like a very small movement of women have extreme feminist views in Ukraine, which is only a very small part of the women their, but it looks like eventually the women might be ruined their as well, just watch this feminist speak on rt to hear what I mean…

    Worlds Apart- Sextreme FEMENism

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cbGmf-Rkkk

    This woman seems very mixed up and confused like the feminists are here, and to be radicalized and to not really know what she wants. Sound familiar?

    Good thing she is only a real small minority in eastern Europe so far.

  6. is it possible on question 14 she meant Man as in humankind(as opposed to God, or nature or something)? If so that would make her 0/15.

    • Adam, your question is a bit confusing.

      She meant Man, as in the gender. Her opinion is that Men should stay out of the birth-control & abortion subject completely.

      If that strikes a chord with you – say, maybe your an anti-abortionist – hey, that’s cool, each to their own.

      But it doesn’t change the fundamental fact that most American women (and Men) will answer yes to 13, 14 or 15 of these questions.

      • No no no.. not at all offended, no chord struck. It’s just that when people in the english speaking world use the word Man in a collective sense, they mean mankind, and men as males. That’s all. I actually don’t believe in the biblical god at all and am not anti-abortion.

    • It’s a fascinating conndurum this. I am committed to reasonable feminist ideals and regard myself as much a feminist as a male can be. I am committed to equality and the sharing of respect and trust. I abhor violence against women and the all too pervaisive climate of fear in which many women need to lead their lives. Yet, the over-zealous femmes who want to right the wrongs by use of the same mental attitudes they rail against really harm the cause. I can certainly understand their anger and sympathise with their frustration but recognise that their approach is not going to solve this most fundamental and complex of issues.

      • I appreciate your comment but take exception with two of your points:

        1. You are committed to equality.

        You will never achieve equality. Trying to achieve equality is the same as saying, “I want this apple and orange to be the same.” I think what you mean is, you want equal rights and opportunities. I’m for the latter because the former is impossible. Trying to get to a state of equality is only possible with the erasure of gender lines – something that is the agenda of many feminists and social activists.

        2. You abhor the “all too pervasive climate of fear” that women live in. Yes, many Women live in fear. But many do not. It is not accurate to describe violence against women as “all too pervvasive.” Your description makes it sound as if 1 in 2 or 1 in 3 women live in fear of vioclence from their spouse, boyfriend or lesbian “partner.” This is so far from reality. The domestic assault laws in all 50 states are so encompassing that if you fart and the police are called out, someone is going to jail. When compared against the overall violence level in this country, women are no more in fear for their lives from their boyfriends in America than they are in Norway.

        Feminists create a lot of bogus claims to further their goals. The latest “initiative” I saw was to end “cat calls” in public. Really? Your biggest problem in life is that some construction worker whistled at you because you wore a dress?

        Indeed, we are in a society so laden with benefit that we have nothing to do but complaint about everything and to forget about what is important in life.

  7. I only answered ‘YES’ to question 10. But since I live in Arizona, my ‘self-defense’ involves firearms training at the Gunsite Academy in Paulden.

  8. One of the most bizarre things about America is that we can’t seem to respect and embrace differences. I don’t understand the collective social desire to make everything exactly the same. I see it in everything. We fought England to do our own thing and have “freedom” and be “individuals”, then we do everything possible to be a mono-culture. If someone is original or different, they are often vilified. Some Californians come to Oregon and Washington because they don’t like how money has influenced things, but then when they move here, they try to turn everything into gated communities just like the environment they came from. Most cultures celebrate diversity and are interested in differences. It makes things interesting and healthy. I don’t get the desire to have a mono-culture where everyone shops at Walmart and eats at McDonalds. Why can’t men and women in America embrace and respect that they are different? The whole thing that creates attraction is the difference. Are we going to become a nation of generic, androgynous, hermaphrodite clones because we can’t respect differences? Bizarre. Instead of men and women dumbing down to the least common denominator by becoming the same, we should respect that we are different and can inspire each other to be our respective bests by learning from each others strengths.

  9. Got about 2 or 3 of 15. I have to ask why differences in genders are villified by feminists. We humans are a sexually dimorphic species due to our own biology. They are literally trying to fight human nature, and yet seem oblivious to it! These people come off like they haven’t taken a basic high school biology class. I should not be saying this, as I am 14 while they are a lot older than me, but they are apparently that ignorant to their own nature. They try to fight it, but it is a losing battle, and will only lead downhill. Equal opportunity is a better way to go about things, as that allows everyone to make equal choices while still being different in the ways we are naturally. But no, feminists insist that we must be fully equal, causing only heightened divorce rates, and a lot more single mothers, which leads to more criminals due to children not being raised right, and this creates many problems. Honestly, we have to stop fighting biology.

    • Modern gender studies classes in American Universities teach that there is NO difference between the sexes, that gender roles are strictly learned and that boys and girls are “taught” to be men and women. So be it. I don’t want my son to grow up and be some soft fe-man and I don’t want my daughter to look, ac and walk like a lumberjack. We just watched season 2 of 90 Day Fiance and we were in shock at how effeminate the Man was who was engaged to the Filipino woman. It is interesting that his father was no where in the picture: raised by his Mom, has only women for friends and throws like a girl.

  10. This is taking years of reprogramming that started in my early 20s and it took about 10 years for me to get a clear idea of what is going on. Good thing I did not get married to one these princesses after graduating university. It’s better to learn by observing the mistake of others.

  11. A very interesting research paper from 2004 below.

    EAST EUROPEAN WOMEN AND THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES IN AMERICAN CULTURE

    Nanda Dimitrov

    h–p://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1717&context=greatplainsresearch

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