Those guys at Lawyers, Guns and Money are so cool. We have Scott Lemieux explaining why he is a feminist. As usual, he gets right to the heart of the matter: societally-imposed gender norms stifle human individuality leading to very real costs in the lives of women, including his own mother and grandmother.
Then we have DJW describing why he, too, is a feminist. He tackles the same idea but from another angle -- the limitations that men suffer in a patriarchal society. His description of his grandfather's befuddlement when he had to cook for himself reminded me of my encounter with a 50-something gentleman in my apartment complex's laundry room. This man was recently divorced and seemed utterly bewildered by the washer and dryer. He kept asking me all sorts of questions about how to do his laundry. (Should he sort? What criteria should he use to sort? How does he figure out how much detergent to put in? What cycle should he use? What is fabric softener? And on and on, prompting me to say ultimately, "I don't know! I just throw it all in, put in my quarters and press the button! It's not that hard!") I sensed that part of it was that he was embarrassed to even be seen doing such a lowly task as laundry and wanted me to know that this was outside his realm of experience.
Finally, be sure to check out Lauren's post at Feministe on her experience getting through college and emerging this month with her well-earned diploma. Having become a single mother while still in her teens, Lauren's experiences are different than the expected norm. I think her achievement is (in the charming words of my father) a kick in the crotch to all the people who said that carrying her child to term would ruin her life and all those professors who treated her as though she were a whore just because she was a young single mother. So kudos to her! Go read her post!