for your note to FEMINIST.COM.
I think the negative aspect
of being "labelled" a feminist
is that feminism shouldn't be
something forced on you, but
rather something that is chosen.
Therefore, the labelling should
come from the person. That aside,
I think that other downside
to identifying is that you have
to deal with other people's
misconceptions about feminism.
However, once you eliminate
the misconceptions people often
realize that they are a feminist,
too. For instance, when someone
realizes that feminism is about
the full social, political,
and economic equality of all
people--not about the promotion
of women and the demotion of
men or about whether we shave
our legs or not or about who
opens the door. People are likely
to support it once they know
what it is.
upside to identifying as a feminist
is that it is a sign of self-respect
and self-confidence. Using it
often means both that you are
confident about who you are
and what you want and also that
you acknowledge that though
your life may be more just than
not, other people's isn't. Therefore,
it means that you can empathize
in the name of social justice.