(Original post by chrissy909)
Personally I associate feminism with angry women who refuse to shave/burn their bras but likewise I agree with some of the original issues. Can feminism still exist in the naughties or is it totally over!?
I think your definition of a feminist is very out of date. Its a real shame but a few extremists (and often, anti-male!
) women call go under the banner of feminism and give the rest of us a bad name. The movement has become so deluded and mixed up its very difficult trying to convince your friends you're not a man hater.
I was really into the whole riot grrl movement a while ago (young women's feminist groups) and we were really into activism. Eventually I realised that it was quite short sighted (lots of concentration on beauty, the media, and getting women into rock music etc.) and my views slightly conflicted with the other members, so my interest stopped. I still occasionally read one of the member’s websites (she writes for the guardian I think) tis a very good site, but I don't always agree with the opinions expressed on it:
I think the western world is pretty darn fair to both sexes, not completely of course, but equal enough in its treatment of both genders to allow me to pursue my male dominated hobbies and career and whatnot. Maybe my mind will change when I enter the workplace…
If I wanted to call myself a feminist, I'd be trying to actively
make a difference to women in trouble, and I think western women can do that on their own.
At the moment I still adopt a general feminist attitude (that of appreciating both
sexes), but I don't put aside time to campaigning against, for example, gender-specific punishment for crimes in the middle east.
This is something I'm not 100% about - am I a feminist even though I don't get involved in activism anymore? And who cares what I call myself, its the actions that count, right?