In discussing fundamentals of femonism with TangoMan in recent threads, I have referred frequently to my own post on Feminism 101. I have been thinking about revising my definition of feminism to include a statement about the "cultural dignity" of women. More on that later once I have a chance to think it through. If I manage to find a moment during the rather hairy day I have ahead of me, I will address a post to Tango's question "Why feminism? Why not just human rights in general?" I touched on this briefly in the Feminism 101 post, but I have more to say about that.
Meanwhile, check out Bitch, Ph.D's description of her own brand of feminism. It is similar to my own, except that I am not sure what she means when she says "the body is irreducible." Here it is:
In many ways, I suspect my feminism is fairly bourgeois. I don't want a revolution that doesn't allow me to dance, flirt, and buy shoes. On the other hand, my feminism is fairly absolute in that I will not allow myself (or others) to demonize "radical feminists" or to ignore poor women or women of color, and I object very strongly when I see women fighting with each other over crumbs. I'm sure I do it too, sometimes, but I try very hard not to. My feminism is material in the sense that I believe that the body is irreducible (more and more so, as I age, and more since becoming a mother). I do not believe that there are no differences between men and women; but I believe that what differences there are have been vastly exaggerated by social conditioning, and I reject essentialism. My feminism likes men, and is sympathetic to the ways that they, too, suffer from narrow definitions of gender. My feminism insists on being heard, and will not give up a fight, and will not back down. On the other hand, my feminism deplores unfairness, meanness, and insensitivity. I believe in principles, including the principle that people matter. I believe in forgiveness and second chances, and in teaching, and in learning; and I also believe in having high expectations and firm boundaries. My feminism is polemical but embraces ambiguities. My feminism is aggressive and protective.