This is how I see Feminism:
1. The Spice Girls: This is the weakest level of feminism. The "were girls, we rock so lets go buy some brand name cloths to celebrate" image that exists exclusivley in the media and in dumb blone chicks.
2. The Millitants: A subset of the Berkinstock hippies. These are the people who state things like "The most important issue of a feminist city would be to stop violence towards women" (how about fixing the casues of violence in general?) or "Public transit is a feminist issue!". These are the classical feminists that every man hates (except the push over acedamia types who buy it
). You may recognize these peple as the ones that protest for affirmative action programs that hire underquallified women over qualified guys (not specifically a woman thing, I just feel that this extremist approach to affirmative action is out ot lunch). Common goals seem to be to put women over men.
3. The REAL feminists. The philosophers and moralists. The type of people who lead the equal rights movments in the 60s. The women who claim that they ARE equal, they dont have to be told so, and hold their own ground, using their own abillities to do good instead of complaining to others. These people often lead the feminist movments.
4. Every other woman, because, lets face it, every woman claims to be a feminist.
My problem with feminists is that the attitude of type 2, while thouroughlly (sp?) blasted by all feminists when you discuss the issue with them, is often promoted. I remember living with a LOT of people like this, who had GREAT values theoretically, but then tried to push the "we are the superior sex" to younger generations as a "to convince them that they are equal" approach.
Now dont get me wrong, I dont dislike feminists in general, I think that its a great casue and movment, I just hate type 2, but of course i hate all of the greater set (Berkinstock hippes*) just as much. I actually really like type 3 (and of course 4), my only problem is that they often promote type 2 behind closed doors (so to say).
*the "middle minded". The type of people who drive their SUVs and minivans to save the earth rallies. Again, a LOT of these types of people populated my old home.