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 A post shows up on tumblr.  It's a troll account, delivering a simple message: I want to punch a feminist.

People respond.  The first is a muscular, shirtless man.  "I'm available," he says.  "Punch me."  Another large man soon follows, listing his military credentials.  Then another soldier, flexing her biceps: "If you want to punch a woman."

Debates erupt.  There's discussion of whether men are feminists, or allies.  This one turns ugly.  One poster screams a the others: "this is what gives feminists a bad name!"  Another poster points out that almost all the people on the post are white.

So, what is feminism?  Ask around, and you'll get different answers.  The simplest is that feminism is a movement that seeks equal rights for women.  But there have been waves of feminism, with different goals, facing different problems.  Feminism is an umbrella term for multiple movements, many of which disagree.  And other minority groups- particularly black and transgender women- are often shut out of mainstream feminism.  
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