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    Re: Can a conservative woman be a feminist?

    In the end, I guess the only way a traditionally minded woman would not be a feminist is if she is interested in removing the ability for other women to choose for themselves. So, if that woman supports laws that restrict choice, than there is no conflict.

    Its not on the list, but I think historically (and I may be wrong), the pro-choice platform has been attached to feminism.

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    Re: Can a conservative woman be a feminist?

    Early feminists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were against abortion. I'll stick with them.


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    Re: Can a conservative woman be a feminist?

    Everyone seems to have pretty much covered my opinion. It seems like some feminist groups changed the basic fundamental definition of what feminism is and kind of made it the norm. But basically feminism is believing that gender doesn't create a subserviant class and I think anyone with any sense of fairness would be a feminist in the true sense of equal treatment regardless of gender. I think conservative, liberal, female, male, etc. doesn't exclude people from the feminist movement if they truly believe in equality. Hell, at my core I'm a feminist.
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    Re: Can a conservative woman be a feminist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    Early feminists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were against abortion. I'll stick with them.
    Actually in looking at Susan B Anthony, I pretty much agree with her feelings on the matter:

    She blamed men, laws and the "double standard" for driving women to abortion because they had no other options. "When a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is a sign that, by education or circumstances, she has been greatly wronged." 1869. She believed, as did many of the feminists of her era, that only the achievement of women's equality and freedom would end the need for abortion.
    I also wish to remove the need for abortion. Unfortunately she was wrong in hoping that equality would remove that need.
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    Re: Can a conservative woman be a feminist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    Early feminists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were against abortion. I'll stick with them.
    Abortion isn't about feminism - though many people try to make it so.

    Abortion is about rights vs rights - both have rights (mother/unborn) but *which* rights are more important, taken into consideration, etc?? - that is where the debates center.

    Pro-life women, in my view, believe that the rights of the unborn trump the rights of the mother.

    It's really just that simple.

    There are other areas in which rights waver depending on who or what we're discussing - Freedom of Speech is one and there are some ways in which it is restricted (libel/slander is one).
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