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"I need feminism because when I finally ended my 8.5 year long abusive relationship, I was told that I would ruin the lives of my children. My son watched me be beaten more than once. He used to rape me once my infant daughter fell asleep because he knew I wouldn’t cry if she were there.
Then a family member said, “There’s no such thing as spousal rape.”
It’s been 2 and a half years and I’m nowhere close to recovering. I now suffer from panic disorder and PTSD.

"I need feminism because when I finally ended my 8.5 year long abusive relationship, I was told that I would ruin the lives of my children. My son watched me be beaten more than once. He used to rape me once my infant daughter fell asleep because he knew I wouldn’t cry if she were there.

Then a family member said, “There’s no such thing as spousal rape.”

It’s been 2 and a half years and I’m nowhere close to recovering. I now suffer from panic disorder and PTSD.

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I need feminism because my mother blames the sexual advance towards my younger sister on her and her wardrobe…

I need feminism because my mother blames the sexual advance towards my younger sister on her and her wardrobe…

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I had previously submitted, and after reading some of the (hateful) comments people wrote I wanted to extend my reason. I NEED FEMINISM because anti-feminist jokes like “women belong in the kitchen” are NOT funny and remind me of the submissive role I felt I played during my rape. 
I NEED FEMINISM because my rapist doesn’t know he’s a rapist.

I had previously submitted, and after reading some of the (hateful) comments people wrote I wanted to extend my reason. I NEED FEMINISM because anti-feminist jokes like “women belong in the kitchen” are NOT funny and remind me of the submissive role I felt I played during my rape.

I NEED FEMINISM because my rapist doesn’t know he’s a rapist.

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I need feminism because women still aren’t included in cycling grand tours like the Tour de France. 
Attempts to include females generally consist of separate, smaller stage races such as the Tour de France Feminin, which was cancelled in 2009. Reasons against including women range from women having less endurance (bullsh!t), breaking 100 years of tradition, and a lack of sponsorship interest (which demonstrates a problem in itself). 
This year the race organisers have developed La Course, a one day women’s race, which is being praised as “game changing” and “revolutionary”.
It’s time for professional cycling to leave the dark ages, stop throwing smaller, lesser races at us like a bone to a dog, and include women in the full length Tour, even if it is with a separate General Classification.  

I need feminism because women still aren’t included in cycling grand tours like the Tour de France. 

Attempts to include females generally consist of separate, smaller stage races such as the Tour de France Feminin, which was cancelled in 2009. Reasons against including women range from women having less endurance (bullsh!t), breaking 100 years of tradition, and a lack of sponsorship interest (which demonstrates a problem in itself). 

This year the race organisers have developed La Course, a one day women’s race, which is being praised as “game changing” and “revolutionary”.

It’s time for professional cycling to leave the dark ages, stop throwing smaller, lesser races at us like a bone to a dog, and include women in the full length Tour, even if it is with a separate General Classification.  

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I need Feminism because being a female Physics student shouldn’t be frowned upon.
I’ve been told its shocking for a girl to be able to understand physics let alone be allowed to study a degree in it!

I need Feminism because being a female Physics student shouldn’t be frowned upon.

I’ve been told its shocking for a girl to be able to understand physics let alone be allowed to study a degree in it!

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I need feminism because when I was abused I was told to stay quiet or I’d ruin a marriage, instead of him stopping to think about his own marriage.

I need feminism because when I was abused I was told to stay quiet or I’d ruin a marriage, instead of him stopping to think about his own marriage.

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I need feminism because I was shoved, taunted, and mugged walking down my own street at 6am. The police said a man saw the whole thing from his house but did nothing saying “thought it was a domestic” after that male family member told me I should have known it was going to happen…

I need feminism because I was shoved, taunted, and mugged walking down my own street at 6am. The police said a man saw the whole thing from his house but did nothing saying “thought it was a domestic” after that male family member told me I should have known it was going to happen…

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I need feminism because grown men think it’s okay to make comments about what they’ll do when underage girls turn 18.

I need feminism because grown men think it’s okay to make comments about what they’ll do when underage girls turn 18.

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I need feminism because 23 out of 30 students in my class think a boy has the “right” to beat his girlfriend if he finds out she’s cheating on him.
I was so angry when I heard mostly all my classmates say this. Disgusting.

I need feminism because 23 out of 30 students in my class think a boy has the “right” to beat his girlfriend if he finds out she’s cheating on him.

I was so angry when I heard mostly all my classmates say this. Disgusting.

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I need feminism because I get called a ‘feminazi’ despite 70% of my family getting gassed in the second world war.

I need feminism because I get called a ‘feminazi’ despite 70% of my family getting gassed in the second world war.

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I need feminism because society makes me feel like I am not a real woman because I can’t have kids.

I need feminism because society makes me feel like I am not a real woman because I can’t have kids.

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I need feminism because I shouldn’t have to be wary about being stared at and cat called by men passing by in their cars. I shouldn’t be terrified that a car may turn around and follow me to harass me AGAIN. This happens whenever I go out running or for a walk. The first time this happened I WAS 12. I’m 17 now, but that doesn’t make it any more right. 

I’m so scared that someone will follow me and harass me or even jump out and grab me because I’m very thin. I can’t even run along main roads without being creeped out by the stares I receive.

I need feminism because I shouldn’t have to be wary about being stared at and cat called by men passing by in their cars. I shouldn’t be terrified that a car may turn around and follow me to harass me AGAIN. This happens whenever I go out running or for a walk. The first time this happened I WAS 12. I’m 17 now, but that doesn’t make it any more right.

I’m so scared that someone will follow me and harass me or even jump out and grab me because I’m very thin. I can’t even run along main roads without being creeped out by the stares I receive.

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I need feminism because when I say I don’t want kids, I’m told I’ll change my mind. When my twin brother said the same thing, he was told that it makes sense "as a man" he would want to put his career first.

I need feminism because when I say I don’t want kids, I’m told I’ll change my mind. When my twin brother said the same thing, he was told that it makes sense "as a man" he would want to put his career first.

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I need feminism because this is an actual campaign to sell bottled water.
The main focus here being “feeling dehydrated puts you in a bad mood.” But only if you’re a woman, apparently.
From left to right:
"Escondí el control remoto en el horno"; “I hid the remote control in the oven.”
"Le cambié a la novela en los penales"; "I changed the channel (to watch the telenovela/soap opera) during penalty shootouts."
"Me atravesé en el tiro libre"; "I blocked the TV during the throw-in.”
"Inventé una boda el día del final"; "I made up a wedding on the day of the finals."
"Le hice un drama en el tiempo extra"; "I acted like a drama queen during extra time."
"Le bajé al switch en los penales"; "I turned off the TV during penalty shootouts."

I need feminism because this is an actual campaign to sell bottled water.

The main focus here being “feeling dehydrated puts you in a bad mood.” But only if you’re a woman, apparently.

From left to right:

  • "Escondí el control remoto en el horno"; “I hid the remote control in the oven.”
  • "Le cambié a la novela en los penales"; "I changed the channel (to watch the telenovela/soap opera) during penalty shootouts."
  • "Me atravesé en el tiro libre"; "I blocked the TV during the throw-in.”
  • "Inventé una boda el día del final"; "I made up a wedding on the day of the finals."
  • "Le hice un drama en el tiempo extra"; "I acted like a drama queen during extra time."
  • "Le bajé al switch en los penales"; "I turned off the TV during penalty shootouts."
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I need feminism because men twice my age leering at me in the street is supposedly a “compliment.”

…and the fact that it makes me feel uncomfortable makes me ‘ridiculous’.