I've been reading Gloria Steinem and she's blowing my mind. In one of her essays, she defined a feminist as "anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men." When I read this, I asked Robby, who was sitting on the couch across from me, if he is a feminist. He asked me for a definition and I read him the one I just quoted. So he said, yeah, he is a feminist. And then I asked him, what definition could I have given him that would have made him reply no? How cartoonish our ideas of feminism must be, if I couldn't think of a serious definition for "feminist" that would be objectionable.
Why has a term defined by equality become taboo? I'll now call myself a proud feminist, and I hope my husband does too.