Jezebel ran a really good editorial the other month called What None Else Will Tell You About Feminism. The basic premise is this:
If you are not a feminist (or something blamelessly ignorant, like a baby or a ferret or a college freshman), then you are a bad person. Those are the only options. You either believe that women are people, or you don’t.
That is the general tone of this treatise (wow, that’s the second time I’ve used that word today) and I frickin love it!. Many men and women are really very unaware of what feminism is. It’s not scary, it doesn’t make you a lesbian. It’s very similar to being a not-racist. Like, really really similar to being not-a-bigot.
A lot of folk think that in the 21st century, there is no need for feminism because “women ARE equal to men in every way that counts.” Hooray! We won!
Not so much, the above video outlines really wonderfully some of the reasons for which feminism is still very necessary and needed in our cultural conversation.
And just to tie this into sex, there’s some evidence to prove that, in matriarchal societies, men end up having more sex with more partners than they would in a patriarchy. So get in line to get your Feminist Membership card. It’s free, the only prerequisite is that you not be a sexist bigot who doesn’t believe in the equal personhood of all people regardless of gender, race, sexual identity and/or any other self aspect that has nothing to do with their status as a person.