By definition, a person who believes in the fundamental equality between the sexes, with a focus upon women's issues such as equal pay or stereotyping.
However, those who call themselves feminists rarely abide by the dictionary term. A more appropriate term for the feminist of today is female chauvinist, one who believes the female sex is naturally superior to the male sex.
Those that call themselves feminist typically subscribe to second-wave feminism, which evolved in the 1970s from the earlier, first-wave feminism. Whereas first-wave feminism sought legislation that would grant equal protection under the law, second-wave feminism sought an overthrow of what they called "patriarchy," which included traditional families and capitalism.
Contrary to many feminist claims, feminism is not a belief that is exclusive to women. Some feminists object to men referring to themselves as feminist, and use the term "pro-feminist" instead. A man who believes in equal protection under the law can be classified as feminist by definition.
Feminists and feminist organizations tend to campaign for issues they percieve as important to women, such as abortion rights (most feminists are pro-choice), domestic violence, LGBT rights, and similar issues. Feminism is often criticized for a unilateral approach to their issues, focusing only on increasing the rights of women, even to the point of denying the rights of men, underscoring the importance of those issues in relation to men...
An idea that stood for the equality of women and men once (about 30 years ago)but is now just about kicking men in the balls and treating them with extreme bias and unfairness.
"Dude how's your new job at the gas station?"
"It's great. I sure wish feminism hadn't frightened me away from college though."
If she's got a vagina, she's better than you.
The abuse of something that once stood for equal rights for women. Now it is just used to take away rights from men and make them second class citizens.
"What is my opinion? I'm not allowed to say, cause I'm a man"
Feminism was women's way of saying goodbye to men. And now men are beginning to say goodbye to women.
"Radical" feminism is now being blamed for driving a wedge between men and women. But the truth is that most women were perfectly happy to sit back and watch it happen.
A movement to promote women's interests at the expense of men.
Despite claims by some moderate (and misled) feminists
to the contrary, feminism is not a movement for the betterment of men and women. If it was, it would be called humanism.
Feminists are not concerned, for example, about the fact that four times as many men commit suicide as women or that fewer and fewer boys attend college or graduate from high school.
Feminists demand that we treat men and women as exactly equal unless it suits women to differentiate between the sexes.
For example, a typical feminist will see no irony in arguing on one hand that women need more protection from domestic violence, rape and sexual harassment but on the other hand that women are just as good as men at construction and fighting crime, fires and wars.
Question: How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?
Answer: That's not funny, you sexist pig. I will report your hate speech and ensure that your career and reputation is destroyed. We need a speech code to regulate people such as yourself. And you need to attend sensitivity training so that you can be re-educated on the benefits of feminism.