1. Human rights feminism. This is feminism which advocates for equal rights and opportunities to be available to women in the law and government. This is based upon the basic right that no one deserves to be unfairly treated by the courts or lose their personal rights. It defends the rights to property, voting, and civil liberties. This type of feminism occurred in America in the 1900s and was one of the more mainstream feminism ideologies in the 60s 70s but has since given way to more modern forms of feminism in America, although it is beginning to occur in many theocracies.
2. Modern feminism. This is the radically politically correct form of feminism. It encourages the idea that both the male and female gender are either equal (or can be equal) in every possible way or the female gender is inherently superior. Many modern feminists argue that women are more intelligent than men, ignoring factual and scientific evidence. They ignore the fact that the female brain is considerably smaller than the male’s in both volume, weight, and brain cell content. They also “overlook” the fact that there have been no great female artists and few great female scientists. They use a “one or two” approach in PC rallies, using the few great female scientists such as Elizabeth Blackwell and small time artists as poster girls for their cause of female superiority. They ignore the larger ratio of male scientists and artists and brand their opponents as sexists (the politicians with the fundamentalists).
Modern feminism also encourages the idea that loose women should be as respectable and admirable as womanizers. They attempt to back this idea and stifle their insecurities by claiming the female orgasm is superior to the male’s. Despite these claims, scientific and societal evidence has proved otherwise, as women do not orgasm as often as males nor is their orgasm as fulfilling as the male’s, as proven by polls and pop culture and that women have traditionally been the providers of the pleasure in intercourse and men the receivers (as proven by 5000 years of culture and 500 million years of evolution). It is overall degrading to women because its PC approach advocates a positive handicap for women in careers and society, and that women should act unnaturally and attempt to completely ignore their instincts. While human rights feminism is based upon factual evidence, modern feminism is based upon bigotry and “literature.”
2. Modern feminism: 3rd wave feminists claiming that stripping is empowering for women; Feminists trying to reverse gender roles in marriage; Feminists claiming that the average female is more intelligent than the average male.
However, those who call themselves feminists rarely abide by the dictionary term. A more appropriate term for the feminist of today is female chauvinist, one who believes the female sex is naturally superior to the male sex.
Those that call themselves feminist typically subscribe to second-wave feminism, which evolved in the 1970s from the earlier, first-wave feminism. Whereas first-wave feminism sought legislation that would grant equal protection under the law, second-wave feminism sought an overthrow of what they called "patriarchy," which included traditional families and capitalism.
Contrary to many feminist claims, feminism is not a belief that is exclusive to women. Some feminists object to men referring to themselves as feminist, and use the term "pro-feminist" instead. A man who believes in equal protection under the law can be classified as feminist by definition.
Feminists and feminist organizations tend to campaign for issues they percieve as important to women, such as abortion rights (most feminists are pro-choice), domestic violence, LGBT rights, and similar issues. Feminism is often criticized for a unilateral approach to their issues, focusing only on increasing the rights of women, even to the point of denying the rights of men, underscoring the importance of those issues in relation to men (such as Dr. Laura stating that men had more to fear from violence then women, as they were attacked more often, and being subsequently villified by feminists.)
Feminism has garnered much criticism for it's methods and statistics, and has been accused of violating it's own edicts. Among parents, mothers are more likely to murder their children then their fathers according to the FBI, yet feminist organizations push that single-parenthood, with maternal custody, is in the best interests of the child. Alternatively, feminist organizations equate any time a rape or domestic violence (female) victim is required to present evidence to prove her claims as "blaming the victim." Feminist organizations want to apply the precautionary principle, accepting the allegation at face value to "protect the victim." Critics counter by stating victims can provide evidence to the courts, and that precautionary principles without checks and balances allow women to exploit the legal system for profit.
Backlash further against feminism can also be found in statements that are misandrist, or hatred of males. Valerie Solonas is one of the most popular, having written a book about killing men. Mary Daly, a theologian who was fired for refusing to admit a male student who was otherwise qualified for her class, also advocated creating a "male-free" paradise. Other misandrists include Robin Morgan, Andrea Dworkin, Gloria Allred, and Catherine MacKinnon.
Major feminist organizations are not feminists. They believe in gaining special treatments for women and depriving those rights of men. To justify this, they usually use vague statments such as "ignorance of male privlege."
"It's great. I sure wish feminism hadn't frightened me away from college though."