Do my androgynous tendencies -- short hair, near exclusion of pink in my wardrobe, very little makeup, unshaved legs -- imply that I am actively aspiring to look like a teenage boy? Not in the least bit.
When some of the most commendable feminists I know are men, this is a pretty confusing statement to be making. If we isolate roughly half of the population from the movement, what can we hope to achieve?
I still want to go to my junior prom, and I still apply makeup every morning. Women's equality will not come from diminishing femininity; in fact, being feminine might be the most essential way to dismantle patriarchy.
Susan Patton set up a class war with her piece: Princeton graduates vs. the rest of the world. In truth, the class war in divorce and marriage isn't in the university you attend. It's in the company you keep and where you want to go in your life.
Sheryl Sandberg's views have been heavily contrasted to Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of the viral Atlantic article "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," so much so that a New York Times journalist argued that their distinctions amounted to a Freidan-Steinem row.
If we are to have intellectual integrity we must not flee from new insights but engage with them. I for one prefer to look at the new evidence directly, not avert my eyes from it -- knowing that the truth always empowers -- and meanwhile to keep up the age-old fight for women's freedom.
Going on the assumption that the economy is the number-one issue confronting America, here's what I want to know: Can a feminist put the principles and ideals of feminism aside if he or she believes that Mitt Romney is the one who can get the job done?
Many bigots see you as being like a woman or wanting to be a woman, which gay men will internalize and see as negative. Feminism looks at that thought and says, "What is wrong with being a woman?" I needed to hear that message at 18, and I still need to hear it now.
March is Women's History Month, and I'm being asked the same question -- a lot: "Whatever happened to the women's movement? Where are the feminist freedom fighters today?" I guess if people don't see women marching, they don't think they're moving.
I'm running out of tolerance for activists who keep screaming "fire" in a crowded theater. We need to do something constructive to address one of the most important public policy issues we continue to grapple with: eradicating rape.
The way that rape victims are described in public discourse matters, because wittingly or not, calling alleged victims of rape "accusers" undermines the credibility of women who come forward to report what was done to them.