Contrary to popular belief, the term feminist describes someone
(of any gender) who wants equal rights between
feminists are NOT all a bunch of man-bashing, hairy women who "just need
to get laid", who only want
men to be subservient to get special privileges for women.
The feminist ideology calls for EQUAL RIGHTS between
genders, not the oppression of men. However, many people still seem to take
a statement like this: "We want equality between
the sexes, we want
to be treated
as people and valued just
as much as men, and we want
of life that does
not leave us entirely dependant
upon men," and turn it into something like this: "We want
men to pay for oppressing us for all of history, so we're gonna take
away all their
rights and force them to stay at home with the kids all day watching Oprah and the Oxygen network. Oh, and we want
to rid the world of porn, strippers, shaving products, and makeup."
It is still possible
, such as a porn-lovin', makeup-wearing, clean-shaven woman
to call herself a feminist. Feminism does
NOT call for the elimination of gender roles, merely equality
and flexibility between
Correct usage: "Of course I want equal rights, I'm a feminist."
Incorrect usage: "What?!? That hot chick
over there says she's a feminist? Yeah right."