We've all heard that feminism is the "radical notion that women are people." But if so, then why wouldn't nearly everyone call themselves feminists? It's odd to me that if you ask people in their 20s, "Do you think men and women should be treated equally," most of them will say yes. But if you ask instead, "Are you a feminist?" many will claim that they are not. Is this because so much of the media paints feminists as unsexy, man-hating, unpleasant harridans? As extremists? As--godforbid--lesbians? Or is it because so many people naively think that we've already achieved gender equality? That there's really nothing left to fight for?
Within the queer community, I've sometimes heard feminism referred to as "old school," or heard it criticized as "embracing a gender binary." And I've even known butches who don't identify as feminists because it associates them with being female, which they (by which I mean this handful of people, not all, or even most, butches) do not want.
So, as I've been pondering all of this, I became very curious about your thoughts on this, dear readers. Do you identify as a feminist? If so, why? If not, why not? (And if you laugh at this, you juuust might be a closet feminist.)