Anonymous asked: I know this might be a bit touchy, but do you still identify as a feminist? I mean, you have admitted that you may in fact be a humanist in beliefs. And with the rise in awareness of the crazy radicals femanazis who want a matriarchal society, is it really worth it to have that associated with you? People go "ew crazies" at feminists now, radical or not, but I think people are more like "wow that's great" at the idea of humanism. Just a thought.
People don’t understand what humanism means. It is an entirely different movement that already exists, you cannot substitute it for “Gender Neutral Equality” and have it mean the same thing. Wanting equal rights for both genders =/= humanism. Feminism is called feminism because female people are the ones being systemically oppressed. It is totally okay for the focus to be on women and not gender as a whole. In fact many of the problems men face, like custody rights, problems in the legal system, etc, are rooted in misogyny rather than misandry. Fixing the problems that women face will also help men out! So the feminism movement is focused on women, but benefits people of both genders.
Yes I still consider myself a feminist. I don’t think there’s been a rise in awareness of the more radical feminists, just a rise in focus. I don’t think abandoning the term feminist because people associate it with these negative things will really make any progress. People will still associate feminist ideas with feminism regardless of whether or not I label myself as such. All I need to say is “that’s sexist” to be called a “feminazi” by other people, even if I don’t apply the term “feminist” to myself. All it does when people go “ew feminism” is take credibility away from feminist ideas themselves, not just people who refer to themselves as feminist. It’s pretty regressive actually to abandon the term “feminist” because it implies that acknowledging women’s struggles and working to fix them is a bad thing just because it does not simultaneously acknowledge every other problem every other group faces.