for your note to FEMINIST.COM.
I don't know whether to feel
like the bearer of bad news
or the bearer of good news,
but there is no way to officially
become a feminist. I think the
only requirement is that you
believe in equality and live
your life in some way that reflects
that goal. This doesn't mean
that you work as a professional
feminist, but that you simply
are a feminist in whatever you
do. Whether it's demanding that
you be paid the same as your
male counterparts, or insisting
that women's history, and African-American
history, be a part of history
rather than marginalized subjects.
It can also mean that you volunteer
time at a local shelter--helping
those who need it. It can also
mean that you give money to
support the organizations that
you care about.
it means living a self-respecting
life and providing a model for
others to live by--that is live
by your convictions, be who
you want to.