Feminism: Make it Yours.
Modern feminism and how it relates to the audience
To move the audience to adopt a feminist philosophy.
Feminism has many misconceptions surrounding it, and because of this, many
people, even women, fear “the ‘f’ word”, further contributing to the bad reputation of those
women who declare themselves feminists.
I wish to persuade the audience to develop their own
definition of feminism and contribute to the feminist movement in their own way.
I. Feminism has many, many meanings, and what people traditionally think of when they think
of feminism is, in fact, only one variety of feminism, and a small one, at that.
II. Women have been historically oppressed, and, while conditions are improving, there is still
more that can and should be done to improve conditions for women, not only here in the USA,
but also abroad.
III. By adopting a feminist philosophy, and contributing to the feminist movement, you will be
assisting in correcting centuries of wrongs perpetrated against women everywhere.
What do you think of when you think of Feminism?
If you’re like many of my friends, both
male and female, the image that comes to mind is one of militant man-hating women burning
their bras and bashing men.
I, too, was once one of those women who cringed when she heard
the “ ‘f’ word”.
I didn’t want to be associated with such militant feminists as Valerie Solanas,
author of the infamous SCUM Manifesto, which promotes the complete destruction of the male
The term “feminism” has come to be disdained in today’s society.
Any woman expressing
a view deviant from that of right-wing conservatism runs the risk of being dismissed as a
In an article in the Cornell Review, published April 22, 2002, women
supporters of feminism are repeatedly denounced as “militant lesbians”, and “feminazis”, and
feminism itself is said to espouse “egoism, hatred for men, and sexual promiscuity”.
article and others like it found in Cornell’s Republican newspaper are obviously an extreme
example of the negativity associated with feminism today, the feminist movement continues to
suffer because of similar misconceptions.
Today, I’d like to first explain to you what feminism
is, including the different definitions of feminism and the different types of feminism.