In the comments threads of the previous two posts, ballpark opines that my definition of feminism is too limited because it is a "women's perspective only" feminism, that sees only women suffering from gender penalties. David Thompson asks if I am also a masculist.
The term "feminism" is definitely a woman-focused term. It does indeed refer to a concern with societal structures and cultural assumptions as they affect women.
But that is NOT to say that feminism precludes a concern with men's issues. First, gender equality that benefits men too is a happy by-product of feminism. Second, I can be a feminist AND ALSO at the same time be other things, including a "gender egalitarian," or a person who is concerned about men's issues, or racial issues, or children's issues, or virtually anything else under the sun. For example, a high percentage of the cutting-edge U.S. feminists at the dawn of the modern women's movement were also very active in opposing the Vietnam-era draft -- an issue that, in the U.S., affected only men.
So why a special word to emphasize my belief that women's equality in particular is a crucial priority? Frankly, I would love a world in which merely professing a belief in "human rights" were sufficient to convey that both women's and men's interest in justice. Unfortunately, history has shown that unless women make some noise and draw some focus onto our rights or equality, women's rights and equality will not be seen as important. I am reminded of the many first person accounts I have read by women involved in progressive activism during the sixties. In those days, women activists would raise in progressive circles the need to rectify the gross gender inequities affecting their lives at that time. They found that they were constantly told by their progressive male colleagues to put their interests on hold -- because it was more important to focus on our boys fighting in Vietnam or the atrocities suffered by African-Americans. Over time, it became clear that women's interest in say, an equal opportunity to participate in society, would never be taken seriously unless women themselves started their own movement with a focus on injustices suffered by women. Thus, "the women's movement" and "feminism."
I have discussed non-feminist issues on this blog plenty of times. But I'll grant you that I tend to focus on issues that affect women. As a woman who grew up in the bad old '70s, I am acutely aware of feminist issues and I think they continue to deserve awareness and attention. But I don't see my feminism as at all inconsistent with "men's rights" (although perhaps not as expressed by your average MRA). Thus, I may agree with a men's rights activist like bmmg39 on a lot of issues, but he is more likely to focus on gender stereotypes as they adversely affect men, and I am more likely to focus on gender stereotypes as they adversely affect women.