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Brendan Alan M.

Location:

Minneapolis, MN
Hometown: Saint Paul Park, MN

Member since:

January 20, 2013

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What is Feminism to you?

Feminism is so much more than just the advancement of women in society to me - it's a guiding progressive philosophy applicable to all genders and all orientations in how people should be treated. Feminism is about affording marginalized blocs agency and respect; it's about taking back the term from negative connotations & people who claim feminism isn't necessary & that society is post-feminist; feminism is about addressing rape culture with consent culture and decreasing sexist stereotypes of all people. To me, feminism is a philosophy available to all people to adopt, regardless of its origins in 1st/2nd wave women-centric circles - allies are necessary. It's about empathizing with the struggles against oppression that others face, recognizing one's own privilege and role(s) in oppressive structures, and reducing your negative impact on the agency of others. I'm very much a progressive leftist & ally when it comes to feminism, & I like to fight sexism on- and off-line.

How/why did you find this group?

Looking around the greater Boston area for feminist social groups to sometimes get involved in - most of my feminist social networks are online because I'm a relatively new resident to the area. I live in Somerville.

How can we find more young Boston Feminists?

By networking with people like me! I'm a well-connected former student leader in the national secular movement, and I know a lot of progressive leftist feminist people. Making spaces safe & available to new people like me will help bring in folks new to the area. There is a burgeoning population of feminists in younger generations, so holding events available & safe to younger people is absolutely necessary.

Introduction

Hello! I'm a graduate student currently on leave from my program to work downtown. I'm a feminist & social justice activisty-type, on the board of directors of the Secular Student Alliance nat'l nonprof, & would like to join a feminist social group.


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