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Amazon feminism is dedicated to the image of the female hero in fiction and in fact, as it is expressed in art and literature in the physiques and feats of female athletes, martial artists, and other powerfully built women, and in gender-related and sexual orientations. Camille Paglia's interpretation of the "Uranian Aphrodite" is a good example of Amazon Feminist. The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... Winged Victory of Samothrace exihibited in the Louvre. ... Literature is literally acquaintance with letters as in the first sense given in the Oxford English Dictionary (from the Latin littera meaning an individual written character (letter)). The term has generally come to identify a collection of texts, mainly novels, drama and poetry. ... Sexual orientation refers to the sex, sexes, gender or genders, to which a person is attracted and which form the focus of a persons amorous or erotic desires, fantasies, and spontaneous feelings. ... Camille Paglia Camille Anna Paglia (born April 2, 1947 in Endicott, New York) is a social critic, author, and teacher. ...


Amazon Feminism is an example of an evolutionary branch-off of Anarcha-Feminism, Third-wave Feminism, and Riot Grrrl. It is best associated as forming during the 1990s via the writings of Camille Paglia. Although, eventually Historical Criticism may uncover more examples of Amazon Feminism in the writings of various authors. Anarcha-feminism combines anarchism with feminism. ... Riot grrrl (or riot grrl) is a movement encompassing zines, festivals and hardcore punk rock music groups, known for its feminist stance. ... The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive, the last decade of the 20th Century. ... Camille Paglia Camille Anna Paglia (born April 2, 1947 in Endicott, New York) is a social critic, author, and teacher. ... Historical criticism is an approach to literature that uses history as a means of understanding a literary work more clearly. ...

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Major Concerns of Amazon Feminism

Amazon feminism is concerned about physical equality and is opposed to gender role stereotypes and discrimination against women based on assumptions that women are supposed to be, look or behave as if they are passive, weak, and physically helpless. See SCUM Manifesto. EQUAL is a popular artificial sweetener Equal (sweetener) Equality can mean several things: Mathematical equality Social equality Racial equality Sexual equality Equality of outcome Equality, a town in Illinois See also Equity Egalitarianism Equals sign This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise... A bagpiper in Scottish military clan-uniform. ... Stereotypes are considered to be a group concept, held by one social group about another. ... Cover of the SCUM Manifesto The SCUM Manifesto (Society for Cutting Up Men) is a misandrous tract written by Valerie Solanas (convicted for the attempted assasination of Andy Warhol) in 1968. ...


Amazon feminism rejects the idea that certain characteristics or interests are inherently masculine (or feminine), and upholds and explores a vision of heroic womanhood. Amazon feminism supports and celebrates women who attain and express mental and physical prowess, for example female strength athletes, martial artists, soldiers/women in combat, firefighters, lumberjacks, astronauts, powerlifters, wrestlers, boxers, etc.


The confidence and physical strength displayed by these women appeals to a sizeable group of men. Demonstrating the appeal of Amazon feminism, some of these men participate in contests of physical strength and athletic skill by wrestling female bodybuilders and other female strength athletes.


Criticism of Amazon Feminism

Some might equate Amazon Feminism to that of Feminazism, Misandry, Ayn Rand, and a severe hatred of Masculinism, Patriarchy, and the stereotype Femme. Also, some criticize it as being anti-feminist, due to its connection to Camille Paglia and anti-men due to its connection with Valerie Solanas. Feminazi is a pejorative term coined by conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh to refer to the feminists that he personally finds the most obnoxious. ... Misandry is hatred of or strong prejudice towards men. ... Ayn Rand - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Masculinism aims to break negative heterosexual male stereotyping but refuses to be perceived as anti-feminist or anti-gay. ... Patriarchy (from Greek: patria meaning father and arché meaning rule) is the anthropological term used to define the sociological condition where male members of a society tend to predominate in positions of power; with the more powerful the position, the more likely it is that a male will hold that... Butch and femme are terms often used in the lesbian and gay subcultures to describe a persons approximate adherence of traditional masculine and feminine gender roles respectively, within a same-sex relationship, or to describe an individual generally. ... Camille Paglia Camille Anna Paglia (born April 2, 1947 in Endicott, New York) is a social critic, author, and teacher. ... Valerie Jean Solanas (April 9, 1936 – April 26, 1988) was an American feminist writer. ...


However, Amazon Feminism should not be confused with such second-wave feminist created ideals. Second-wave feminism refers to a period of feminist activity beginning in the late 1960s and 1970s. ...


As noted in the writings of Camille Paglia, Amazon Feminism is not opposed to Masculinism. Amazon Feminism is seeking true gender equality through strong "physical" examples of woman, not the promotion of misandrous rhetoric. Also, Amazon Feminism is strongly opposed to the equal-opportunity feminism of Catherine Mackinnon and Andrea Dworkin. Camille Paglia Camille Anna Paglia (born April 2, 1947 in Endicott, New York) is a social critic, author, and teacher. ... Masculinism aims to break negative heterosexual male stereotyping but refuses to be perceived as anti-feminist or anti-gay. ... Feminism is a social theory and political movement primarily informed and motivated by the experience of women. ... Misandry is an exaggerated pathological aversion towards the male part of mankind. ... Catharine MacKinnon (born 7th October 1946) is an American feminist and lawyer. ... The neutrality of this article is disputed. ...


Origin of the term Amazon Feminism

The origin of the term "Amazon Feminism" can be traced to several sources, depending on the textual and contextual interpretations. The most notable are those by Thomas Gramstad:

The Female Hero can also be found in the essay anthology Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand, which is edited by Mimi Reisel Gladstein and Chris Matthew Sciabarra (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999). Chris Matthew Sciabarra (b. ...


Of course, a more aesthetic origin of "Amazon Feminism" is noted:

  • Judith Beheading Holofernes

Examples of Amazon Feminists

Camille Paglia Camille Anna Paglia (born April 2, 1947 in Endicott, New York) is a social critic, author, and teacher. ... Valerie Jean Solanas (April 9, 1936 – April 26, 1988) was an American feminist writer. ... Voltairine de Cleyre, Philadelphia, Christmas 1891 Voltairine de Cleyre (November 17, 1866–June 6, 1912) was, according to Emma Goldman, the most gifted and brilliant anarchist woman America ever produced; yet, even among most anarchists, she is today almost completely unknown. ... Emma Goldman (June 27, 1869 – May 14, 1940) was a Lithuanian-born anarcho-communist known for her anarchist writings and speeches. ...

Example of Amazon Feminism in Mass Media Fiction

{{Infobox Xenaverse Character}} Xena is also a nickname for the recently-discovered 2003 UB313, a possible tenth planet. ... An early appearance of Wonder Woman Wonder Woman is a DC Comics superhero. ... Joanie Laurer (born December 27, 1971 in Londonderry, New Hampshire, USA) is an American professional wrestler, most famously known as Chyna while in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE; then the World Wrestling Federation, WWF). ...

Example of Amazon Feminism in History

Boudicca (also written Boudica, Boadicea, Buduica, Bonduca), was a Celtic female chieftain who led the Iceni and a number of other Celtic tribes, including the neighbouring Trinovantes, in a major uprising against the occupying Roman forces in Britain in AD 60 or 61 during the reign of the emperor Nero. ...

Authors whose works contain Amazon Feminist Rhetoric

Gloria Watkins (September 25, 1952 –), better known as bell hooks or Bell Hooks, is an African American professor specializing in social criticism focused on groups distinguished by established differences in social power. ... Alice Walker Alice Malsenior Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an African American author and feminist whose most famous novel, The Color Purple, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award. ... Kate Chopin Katherine OFlaherty (February 8, 1850 – August 20, 1904), known by her married name Kate Chopin, was an American author of short stories and novels. ... Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941) was a British author and feminist, who is considered to be one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century. ... Jane Austen, in a portrait based on one drawn by her sister Cassandra Jane Austen (December 16, 1775 – July 18, 1817) was a prominent English novelist whose work is considered part of the Western canon. ... Mary Shelley Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley née Godwin (August 30, 1797–February 1, 1851) was an English writer who is, perhaps, equally-famously remembered as the wife of Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and as the author of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. ...

Mythological Examples of Amazon Feminists

Athena from the east pediment of the Afea temple in Aegina After a sculpture of Athena at the Louvre. ... The Artemis of Versailles, a Roman copy of a Hellenistic marble sculpture, now at the Louvre Museum. ...

See also

In Greek mythology, the , Amazons were either an ancient legendary nation of female warriors or a land dominated by women at the outer edges of their known world. ... This article is about the type of character. ... A superhero is a fictional character who is noted for feats of courage and nobility and who usually has a colorful name and costume and abilities beyond those of normal human beings. ... // DC Comics All-Star Squadron Birds of Prey Amazing Zoo Crew Challengers of the Unknown Darkstars Doom Patrol Freedom Fighters Golden Guardians Green Lantern Corps Inferior Five Infinity Inc. ... A tomboy is a girl who behaves according to the gender role of a boy. ... Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture A goddess is a female deity, in contrast with a male deity known as a god. A great many cultures have goddesses, sometimes alone, but more often as part of a larger pantheon that includes both of the conventional genders and in some cases... The Goddess movement is a religious movement in the West focussed on goddesses or more usually a single Great Goddess. // Terminology In the Goddess movement is commonly found a distinction between goddesses and The Goddess: goddess (small g) refers to a local or specific deity, linked clearly to a particular... Kali standing over Shiva Although her presentation in the West is usually as simply dark and violent, Kali is a goddess with a long and complex history in Hinduism. ... Matriarchy is a form of society in which power is with the women and especially with the mothers of a community. ... ... This article is in need of attention. ... Ayn Rand - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Monika Treut (1954 - ) is a German filmmaker. ...

External links

  • On The Trail of the Women Warriors - Lyn Webster Wilde is the author of the book with the same title.
  • Lothene Experimental Archaeology - Women as warriors in history.
  • Real Knockouts: The Physical Feminism of Women's Self-Defense - An interview with the author of the book with the same title.
  • Female Muscle Gallery - A picture collection of powerfully built women (bodybuilding and fitness athletes).
  • The Amazon Connection - A guide to online resources about Amazons, aiming to cover the entire spectrum of meaning that has been attributed to the term Amazon.
  • Amazons International - A newsletter dedicated to the image of the Amazon or female hero in fiction and in fact, in art and literature, in the physiques and feats of female athletes, and in gender-related and sexual orientations.

  Results from FactBites:
 
What Kind of Feminist Are You? (1279 words)
Amazon feminism is dedicated to the image of the female hero in Greek mythology, as it is expressed in art and literature, in the physiques and feats of female athletes, and in sexual values and practices.
Amazon feminism focuses on physical equality and is opposed to gender role stereotypes and discrimination against women based on assumptions that women are supposed to be, look, or behave as if they are passive, weak and physically helpless.
Amazon feminism rejects the idea that certain characteristics or interests are inherently masculine (or feminine), and upholds and explores a vision of heroic womanhood.
Amazon feminism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (600 words)
Amazon feminism is dedicated to the image of the female hero in fiction and in fact, as it is expressed in art and literature in the physiques and feats of female athletes, martial artists, and other powerfully built women, and in gender-related and sexual orientations.
Amazon Feminism is an example of an evolutionary branch-off of Anarcha-Feminism, Third-wave feminism, and Riot Grrrl.
Amazon feminism is concerned about physical equality and is opposed to gender role stereotypes and discrimination against women based on assumptions that women are supposed to be, look or behave as if they are passive, weak, and physically helpless.
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