white people are racist by default (in the united states as well as other countries). are you white? congrats, you’re racist, and here’s the explanation:

    you grew up in a racist society -> you were socialized to be racist thanks to racism being a dominant ideology -> you benefit from racism -> you’re racist no matter how much u think you’re not.

    unlearning it is going to be a constant battle and u will never unlearn it fully. accept this. it is ingrained in you as a result of your upbringing and the media you’ve consumed. the sooner you come to terms with your own racism, the sooner u can better yourself. recognize the problem in yourself instead of setting yourself apart from those “other” white people.

    phoenix-falls

    I fux heavy with the White people who keep putting this post on my dash

    This applies to all social structures by the way.

    You’re a man? You grew up benefitting from sexism. You’re straight? You grew up with homophobic ideals. You’re cis? You grew up with transphobic ideals. You’re able bodied? You grew up with ableist tendencies.

    The process of unlearning all of the ideology you were surrounded by is what activism is about. Do it.

    And even if you’re not privileged under a given social structure, you might still have a lot of internalized things to unlearn

    Our society teaches us to hate the oppressed, if an oppressed person says that what you believe or do is harmful and they tell you - don’t get offended, learn and do better

    ways to help protestors if you are unable to protest

    everybody has to do their part. as a reference, this was posted on 1 june 2020. if any links are broken or direct to a place they should not, please feel free to add on with corrections. if there is new information with better knowledge, please feel free to share. thank you.

    1. donate

    do <>not donate to shaun king. he has repeatedly collected money to “support” black people, but no one knows where the money is.

    <>BAIL FUNDS (ALPHABETICAL ORDER; NOT A COMPREHENSIVE LIST)

    note: <>washington dc and <>new jersey have cashless bail systems.

    <>MORE PLACES TO DONATE

    note: more links are listed in the masterposts below.

    2. educate yourself

    it isn’t enough to sign petitions and reblog/retweet/etc. nonblack people, including people of color, owe it to black people to educate themselves and correct themselves and the people around them on anti-blackness.

    note: more links are in the masterposts linked below.

    3. give out supplies to protestors

    people need supplies to protest safely, and even if they bring supplies with them, they can often run out. if you’re able, stock up and hand them out to people protesting. for more supplies to donate, see the “george floyd action” google docs link in section 5.

    • <>water bottles (dehydration and heatstroke are not things people should have to deal with alongside bastard cops. if the police in your area are particularly violent or known to use tear gas, get the ones with the sports cap/suction-thing/etc so people can use them as emergency eye-flushes.)
    • <>snacks (make sure to take into account that people have allergies of all sorts. foods will have a little label that says “may contain” and then list any potential allergens. write the allergens on the ziploc (or any container you use) in permanent marker, or better yet, write the snacks included in the pack.)
    • <>masks (don’t forget there’s still a pandemic going on. also it will aid in deterring facial recognition when the police try to track down protestors,  also part two, if the cops use tear gas, wearing a mask (with the combination of a scarf or bandana) will lessen the adverse effects. lessen, not stop.)
    • <>bandanas, scarves, etc. and goggles (ski goggles, swimming goggles, etc.) (see above for explanation on the scarves. same goes for the goggles. anti–tear gas and anti–facial recognition.)
    • <>clean shirts (for people who are heavily gassed. also helps deter recognition through clothing.)
    • <>wound care supplies (band-aids, packets of neosporin packets or a similar antibiotic, alcohol wipes, etc.; if you can, decant bactine into those little travel bottles.)
    • <>a sharpie or another type of marker (for writing bail numbers or emergency contacts on arms, hands, etc. it’s not enough to have your city’s bail fund number stored on your phone; the police won’t give it to you to look it up. give people a marker so they can write it down, preferably not washable so it isn’t easily removed.)

    <>IMPORTANT: KNOWING FIRST AID

    <>tear gas: if you’re hit, get out as fast and as soon as you can. take anyone you can with you. the longer you’re in the gas, the harder it will be for you to see, and it can irritate your airways, making it hard to breathe. if you’re hit, don’t run; it’ll only make things worse on your lungs. when you leave the area, take a cold shower. don’t use hot water (it will only reactivate the agent); don’t bathe (it will only spread the CS around). (source 1) (source 2) (cdc fact sheet on tear gas)

    • move them to a clean and ventilated area where it’s as safe as possible.
    • ask them if they’re wearing contact lenses. have them remove it. if they’re wearing glasses, rinse it with water.
    • solution of half liquid antacid, half water. spray from the inside going out, with the head tilted back and slightly towards the side being rinsed. if they say it’s okay, open the eye slightly while doing this. (source)

    <>bullet wounds: the most important thing is to stop the bleeding. be sure to check for an exit wound and cover that as well. treat both wounds, but treat the worse one first.

    <>miscellaneous

    • <>adult cpr tutorial<> (youtube video by cincinnati children’s; think of “staying alive” by the beegees or “uptown funk”)

    4. be a source of information

    be responsible with this. people’s lives are at stake. that being said, the media is a fucking joke and the best way to get accurate information in a grassroots rebellion is amongst ourselves. record everything, but if you are going to share any information at all, be sure to blur people’s faces.

    <>NUMBERS TO CALL FOR ARRESTED PROTESTORS (ALPHABETICAL ORDER; SOURCES LINKED TO THE NUMBER)

    remember to keep phones OFF unless absolutely necessary. cell phone towers, stingrays, location notifs can all be used to track you and other protestors. don’t fuck around. if your phone must be on, keep it on airplane mode as often as possible and only communicate using encrypted methods. no, snapchat doesn’t count. (a twitter thread on stingrays, for those interested)

    5. miscellaneous links and links for protestors

    ❗ATTENTION❗

    DO NOT BUY ANYTHING JULY 4TH -7TH

    PEOPLE OF THE BLM MOVEMENT ARE TRYING TO CAUSE AN ECONOMIC BLACKOUT THAT WOULD COST THE GOVERNMENT AROUND 3.5 BILLION DOLLARS!

    ❗SPREAD THE NEWS❗

    (6/2/2020)

    It’s important to have the entire idea behind this movement as this is simplifies things a lot - this is supposed to help black businesses. Also, in articles I’ve read they specifically seem to mention July 7th, though the creator of this hopes to expand it. The movement calls for black people and other minorities to not spend money for the full day but that if you have to, to buy from black businesses and support them.

    Link: https://www.khou.com/mobile/article/news/local/texas/blackout-day-2020-july-7-social-media-campaign-racial-injustice/285-4d7002b2-0bf8-4928-83fa-d024277dc795

    think it is a good time to bring up the fact that the police in the united states of america are not legally required to protect people. that is straight up not part of their job.

    furthermore, the united states police system was created largely out of runaway slave roundup patrols, they never existed to protect people, they were created to protect “property rights.”

    They do not and have not ever existed to help keep folks safe. That is quite literally not even in their constitutional job description.

    yknow, this is what these entities are protecting ...

    “when the looting starts the shooting starts” he says during the highest unemployment rate in the country he himself has done little to mitigate outside of send folks to their deaths.

    these people care about property, these systems care about property. it was never about protecting life.

    Capitalized “thugs” is a huge signal to his racist buddies too. That cannot be accidental. 

    Charities/organisations to avoid:

    <>PETA: They’d rather spend their money on publicity campaigns than on the animals in their care. PETA killed 73.8% of the animals in their care in 2015 (x)

    <>FCKH8: Is a for-profit company that exploits oppressed groups for money. They’re also wildly uninformed, and spread misogyny, cissexism and bi/panphobia, as well as stealing their posts/designs (x)

    <>Autism Speaks: They spend most of their money on researching a way to eliminate autism, heighten the stigma against autism and don’t have a single autistic person on their board (x)

    Please support other, better charities, and feel free to add any others you can think of to this.

    paintedspectres

    <>Susan G. Komen for the Cure: CEO makes insane amounts of money, they deny a lot of requests for wigs/help with treatment/etc., and have attempted to sue other charities that use the color pink as part of their anti-breast cancer campaign. ( x x x )

    <>The Salvation Army: They promote the hatred of LGBT+ people, work with fundamentalist Christian groups to support conservative politics and rip off and exploit workers. ( x x x )

    <>Wounded Warrior: They take money that should be spent on veterans and blow it on huge opulent parties for the company bigwigs. 26 million in 2014 alone wasted! ( x x x )

    ^ Important reminder to NOT waste any money donating to these groups

    Reblogging because of the added info about Wounded Warrior.

    A good way to know if a nonprofit you’re donating to is allocating their money in the right way is to check out their Charity Navigator rating: http://www.charitynavigator.org

    Someone said "Are you really so stupid to think that Africa has the same technological advances as us? If they did they would probably have clean water and not live in houses made of sticks and mud. Get over yourself and stop being so ignorant."..... Below is a tiny collection of images of the Africa they refuse to show you..

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    I’m sorry you’ve been made to believe that the whole of Africa is poor, I really am..

    Reblogging for those of you who think Africa is only what the media and movies portrays it to be

    This fucks me up because it’s scary to think that we can be showed something all our lives and not even know it’s a lie

    And that my friend is the power of propaganda, indoctrination, and media

    the-collecting-turnip

    Are these pictures of South Africa or of Africa as a whole? 

    @the-collecting-turnip From top to bottom:

    1. Port Elizabeth (South Africa)

    2. Unknown

    3. Nairobi (Kenya)

    4. Pretoria (South Africa)

    5. Aburi Botanical Gardens (Ghana)

    6. Cape Town (South Africa)

    7. Pretoria (South Africa)

    8. Harare (Zimbabwe)

    9. Windhoek (Namibia)

    10. Windhoek (Namibia)

    To @kushandwizdom this is a rather unfair portrayal of Africa as a whole since half of these are literally just South Africa.  So Instead to add to this post and better dispel the myth of Africa as the vast wasteland of poverty most people think, I found a much more mixed collection of pics from various countries.

    <>Luanda, Angola

    <>Agadir, Morocco

    <>Lagos, Nigeria

    <>Cairo, Egypt

    <>Port Louis, Mauritius

    <>Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

    <>Algiers, Algeria

    <>Tripoli, Libya

    <>Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    <>Tunis, Tunisia

    So, there, a much better case demonstrating the various major cities around Africa showing it isn’t some technologically backwards continent, but actually pretty up-and-coming in the world of commerce.

    I once was talking to my Ethiopian manager about ignorant people asking her dumb shit about her life before she moved to the states…

    the worst story she told me about was when she told a fellow student (at a fairly prestigious university) about a concert she went to back home. The other student responded with “omg you have music there!?” 🤦🏾‍♀️

    Rebloging, because <>we need to see these pictures. 

    As for stupid questions: “do you have grocery stores in Ecuador?”

    These are great!

    A redneck neighbor once asked my mom (in the 80s) if they had cars in Peru. Sigh.

    This is the product of poor world history in school & little current affairs coverage outside Western Europe, except for catastrophes, so all we see are the war torn, poverty stricken, disaster-affected parts on the news. And racism, of course.

    I bet most Americans who think that African countries are just completely poverty stricken have no idea what the US looks like in its poorest areas, not everywhere in the US is nice suburbs or unrealistically large apartments on tv

    <>Los Angeles, California

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    <>Hartford, Connecticut

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    <>New Orleans, Louisiana

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    <>Camden, New Jersey

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    <>Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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    <>McDowell County, West Virginia

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    <>Flint, Michigan

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    <>Washington, D.C.

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    this American girl asked me if we had sparkling water in Korea…. sis….. I have a soda maker at home….

    I’M ABOUT TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER, BOOK NERDS

    <>Do you like books!?

    OF COURSE YOU DO

    <>Do you like reading books?

    DUUUUUH!

    <>Do you collect books and let them sit on your shelf!?

    WHAT IS THIS!? AMATEUR hOUR? OF FUCKING COURSE! <>

    <>Do you spend WAAAAAAY too much money on books even though they’re totally worth it but holy fucking shit fifteen dollars is the median and why is the world so effortlessly cruel?

    Who’s got two thumbs and an empty wallet! Yes yes and yes!

    <>WELL HAVE I GOT A SOLUTION FOR YOU

    Thriftbooks is an amazing online site that sells used books! These books are, for the most part, in great condition. I’ve used this website for everything from textbooks to fiction to everything else in between! It has a wide selection with an even wider selection of options per book!

    You want softcover? They’ve got it! Hardcover? Of course! Audio? Why not!

    Hell! They even sell the books in other languages!

    You might say to me, humanity, why are you telling us this? We already have barnes and noble!

    Because, my poor, naive friend, thriftbooks sells the majority of it’s books for under four dollars.

    That’s right. You heard me. Under. Four. Dollars.

    And right now, they’re having a huge deal!

    2 books for $7

    3 books for $10

    4 books for $12

    <>But wait! <>There’s mor<>e!

    If you leave a book in your cart for long enough, chances are you’ll be alerted when a seller nearby, for a cheaper price, has the same book! You’ll get it cheaper and faster, with less waste of paper and time!

    And prices change! That book that would have cost you $3.79 one day might be $3.45 the next, and man oh man isn’t that the best thing to see when you check up on your cart.

    So what are you waiting for, book lovers! Go! Go shop!

    Go and rule the world!

    Be the book lovers I know you can be!

    DID I MENTION THAT THERE’S FREE SHIPPING OVER 10 DOLLARS

    DID I MENTION THAT THERE’S ALSO A COUPON CODE YOU CAN USE FOR A LIMITED TIME

    type in the word “welcome” when you get to checkout and you’ll get 15% off!

    DID I ALSO MENTION THAT THERE ARE READING REWARDS

    AND THAT EVER $50 YOU SPEND THEY GIVE YOU $5 BACK.

    guys

    five dollars

    on this site

    is a book

    that is the cost of an <>entire book<>

    <>you’re literally getting a free bo<>ok

    <>I NEED Y’ALL TO SEE THIS SIDE BY SIDE THOUGH

    So to prove my very real point, I went to Barnes and Noble and picked out some of my favorites books that I already have on my shelves

    (also, fyi, y’all should read these theyre bangin)

    AND BECAUSE THE SHIPPING IS SO INSANE, IT WAS MEAN TO COME OUT TO <>$47.85<> (and that’s at an online price, which discounts by a few dollars)

    But with shipping, handling, and the extreme cost of books, my total came to this:

    <>$72.30<>

    Okay. Then I went onto thriftbooks and chose the same books in the same formats (hardcover, softcover, etc.)

    Keep in mind that not all books are under $4 due to size, availability, how new they are to the world yada yadayada

    But this was the final shopping cart.

    Look.

    Look at those lovely books.

    My final check out price?

    <>$21.86<>

    <>AND THAT DOESN’T INCLUDE ANY OF THE AMAZING DISCOUNTS, DEALS, AND/OR PROMO CODE<>S.

    If you do the math, I saved <>$50.44<>.

    And even if Barnes and Noble had given me that free shipping, I still would have saved <>$25.99. Do you know what that could buy you? That could buy you<> four more books on thriftbooks! <>

    Thriftbooks fucking saved my broke college ass. And I’d encourage you all to use it if you can. Shipping may take 4-14 days, but I swear to god it’s worth every dollar that I would have burned. 

    THIS IS IN NO WAY AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO STOP SHOPPING AT BOOKSTORES. PLEASE DON’T. LOCAL BOOKSTORES ARE IMPORTANT AND VITAL AND SHOULD BE SUPPORTED!

    I’m mostly making jabs at the big name companies, and honestly, my broke bookworm ass needs a break.

    <>NOW YOU MAY ASK ME

    HOW

    HOW CAN IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!?

    It can’t. There’s no way!

    <>WELL YES IT FUCKING CAN, BOOK NERDS!<>

    Did you ever think to yourself; I love to read. But I sure wish there was a way to read my own books while I multi-task by helping the environment, the economy, and the seemingly never-ending and growing gap between low-income schools and libraries and their availability to reading material all at the same time…

    Well, there is.

    It’s called shopping at Thriftbooks

    And what’s more:

    Boom.

    Right there.

    This place is fucking amazing as hell and you should use it as often as you possibly can.

    Save the environment. Keep your mind running. Shop Thriftbooks.

    Because abortions aren't the only way the patriarchy wants to control your junk

    OBGYN: Yeah, you are exhibiting all the signs of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I’m so sorry.

    Me: Huh? Oh, yeah. Insulin resistance, impossible weight loss, pre-disposition to type II diabetes, painful AF periods. Likelihood of bleed outs. Crap. That blows.

    OBGYN: Yeah, well that too.

    Me: *blinks* What?

    OBGYN: Well, PCOS makes it very difficult for a woman to conceive and carry.

    Me: BWHAHAHAHA. Yeah. No. No babies. Ever. Never wanted them. At all. Maternal instinct is not strong with this one. Only upside today.

    OBGYN: Well then. Not exactly problem solved, but we’ll run with it.

    Me: So about the MIND-SEARING PAIN and occasional HEAVY AF BLEEDING. When can we deal with that.

    OBGYN: Not until you are 35.

    Me: Dah fuq?

    OBGYN: Not my rules. Hospitalization won’t even consider any treatment unless it’s life or death until you’re 35.

    Me: Why?

    OBGYN: Because you might want to have a baby.

    Me: I’m 31. I didn’t want kids when I was 11, I didn’t want them at 21, and I sure as shit don’t want them now. Can’t I just sign a form that says “I don’t ever want a baby take it out, take it out now”?

    OBGYN: Nope.

    Me: Why?

    OBGYN: Government rules. No removal of baby making parts before 35 unless your life is in immediate jeopardy.

    TL;DR: The government knows better about your baby making parts than you do.

    This is just evil. They are literally refusing to treat a potentially life-threatening condition, not just without the patient’s consent but despite the patient’s protest. Evil.

    According to the National Women’s Health Network, there’s no legal age restriction- “Technically, any woman of legal age can consent to the procedure, but it should be medically justified. It’s incredibly unlikely that a doctor will perform a hysterectomy on women ages 18-35 unless it is absolutely necessary for their well-being and no other options will suffice.” Of course, this is in the US. Other countries may have different rules. 

    If you’re in the US and your OBGYN says “government says no,” look for a new one because they lied to you. If your OBGYN says that “hospital says no,” look for a new one because this one doesn’t respect your bodily autonomy. It is true that most surgeons don’t like to perform hysterectomies until you’re in your late 30s at the earliest, but a respectful surgeon will listen to their patient and not just write them off. Sexism in hospitals is alive and well- and it’s not just anecdotal evidence. There’s been a history of looking at it academically/professionally since the 70s (look into Mary Halas as a good place to start if you’re curious), and it crops up all the time in articles in the Journal of Women’s Health and Women’s Health Issues, and the International Journal of Women’s Health all of which are peer-reviewed, well-respected medical journals. It’s absolutely a real thing. 

    Anyways, I guess what I’m getting at is this: heres a list of doctors (mostly US-centric) who perform different sterilization surgeries without giving their patients trouble. While even a surgeon on this list might caution anyone under 35 away from a hysterectomy, at the end of the day it<>s your body and your pain. (And some of the docs here have been known to perform hysterectomies on people in their 20s with no fuss.) While this list won’t be practical for everyone- after all, medical treatment is ridiculously expensive in this country, it might help someone. 

    Holy shit fam Holy S H I T

    SIGN ME THE FUCK UP I’VE BEEN TOLD THIS IS NOT ALLOWED FOR YEARS

    Oh god

    QUICK REMINDER THAT I HAD A HYSTERECTOMY A FEW DAYS AFTER MY 26TH BIRTHDAY B/C I HAD CANCER AND I DID EXACTLY THIS. I HAD A DOCTOR WHO DIDN’T WANT TO DO IT AND THEN I WENT TO A NEW DOCTOR AND AFTERWARDS SHE MORE OR LESS SAID MY LIFE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN DANGER HAD I NOT DONE IT.

    Sometimes it’s not the doctor, it’s the hospital.  For example, my OBGYN worked at a Catholic hospital, so they couldn’t perform any type of sterilization onsite unless it was an emergency situation.  

    So if your doc feeds you this BS line about not being allowed to, ASK IF IT’S THE HOSPITAL POLICY.  If it is, ask if they are able to perform the procedure elsewhere. If they are not, ASK FOR A REFERRAL.

    I was 28 years old when my OBGYN explained that he wasn’t allowed to perform a sterilization procedure onsite, and then he proceeded to tell me what a crock of shit it was and referred me to someone else who was able to. And even though I was under 30, his referral listed me as “an ideal candidate” for the procedure.  

    If they pass off this line and insist when you know otherwise, FIND A NEW DOCTOR.

    <>what white people think racism is: when you mean to someone because of their race

    <>what racism really is: social and legal systems that puts a race beneath another, vilifying them, fetishizing them, sexualizing them, and creates a usually negative bias towards that group.

    where childhood is not an option when you’re the villain or where you are always seen at a child’s level no matter your age

    where you are always responsible if someone else says/does something racist towards you, because existing invites aggression somehow

    where you do not fit beauty standards, because beauty is afforded to the human, and your conditioned low self-esteem lets you know that

    where you’re either synonymous with violence, stupidity, or infantilization, because you cannot make your own choices that aren’t irrational.

    where your feelings are routinely invalidated and your daily life experiences are not enough evidence and cannot be trusted, because you’re a suspicious character whose humanity is always on trial. so you do not get to define universally what racism is

    where you do not get feel anything besides rational at all times, to be carefree or upset or angry without it being a stereotype of you overreacting to everything

    where if you fit into a stereotype it could mean your death and the rest of your race tries to put you down as a self-elevating technique, because they have internalized the lie that when you deny your race and culture you become human. where fitting a stereotype means “see i knew they where all like this”

    where if you don’t fit into a stereotype you are not your race and culture, because people have such narrow views of what you’re supposed to be that you cannot possibly exist and be your race at the same time, so people of every race take away you<>rs. Oreo. Banana. Coconut. Ap<>ple.

    where you will legally get more time for the same crimes

    where you will socially be demonized more the same crimes

    where when you quell the crimes keeping your race down, there are always more that’s made up to keep you in your place (The War on Drugs =_=)

    where you get paid less for the same work

    where you get hired less with the same qualifications

    where having a culturally-coded name that’s not acceptable, like Ibrahim, Jose, or Unique can stop you from getting a job

    where there are so many things in place to keep you impoverished and uneducated but it’s still your fault if you don’t have the strength and good luck to defy the lack of social mobility and create your own

    where entire countries whose cultures and economies have been destroyed are trying to restart alone and the people that destroyed them blame the country for its own destruction

    where the farther your features are from your race the more beautiful you’re considered

    where your rank in social hierarchy changes how people treat you the more they find out about your identity, and the more marginalized you are by coming out of the closet or not being christian or not being able-bodied and neurotypical the worse you get racism, because you are a bigger target for various acts of violence and microaggressions

    where you get used to microagressions before you hit double digits

    where your most recent experience with a microaggression was probably yesterday if the day just started

    where you idea of a microaggression is the white summation of racism

    where your family teaches you how to assimilate to white culture to try and protect you from all of the above

    where your death is an opportunity to blame you for it and demonize you in your grave

    where there is a death count just for existing

    where there is a death count just for existing

    where there is a death count just for existing

    <>These feminist high schoolers are using ‘The Scarlet Letter’ to protest dress c<>odes

    Students at Charleston County School of the Arts in North Charleston, South Carolina, have had enough. Too many girls have been sent home because of a strict dress code policy that they claim targets girls unfairly. Now, they’re doing something about it. Not just to protest the dress code <>— but also how it’s being enforced.

    Follow stylemic

    All the fistbumps.

    A lot of these have been passed around recently, but I’d never seen the Dustin Hoffman interview included here. It’s modern feminism in the most perfect of definitions. 

    All hail the male feminists. We appreciate you. 

    And, duh, Sandra Bullock will protect us all in the face of a zombie apocalypse. 

    feminism means for women to have EQUAL rights as men.

    there’s no such thing as different types of feminists, or different meanings. I am a feminist. I am man and I believe women should have equal rights and should be treated equally. 

    Don’t think feminism is man hating because some people who claim to be feminists hate men, or just plain think women should be above men. Those are just women misusing the term.

    So, do you believe in equal rights for men and women? Yes? <>Then you are a feminist.