Or, maybe the question should be, what is feminism? I wonder this a lot as I read the SDMB, because I consider myself a feminist, but I suspect that many people here would disagree with my definition of it, or even dispute that I am one.
I consider myself a feminist because I believe that women should be equal under the law. I also believe that women should have the same opportunities to achieve whatever they want as a man would have, have the same reward for equal work, and that it is unethical to take sex into account when making an assessment of someone’s achievement. I think that men and women have basically the same level of intelligence and ability to reach goals in any arena chosen. I have a career, and my mother (who is of the generation before the boomers) is a highly educated career woman herself. She taught me that I could do anything I set my mind to, and that I should never let anyone tell me otherwise.
On the other hand, I believe some things that I think may take me out of the mainstream of feminist thought. For instance, I believe that there are inherent differences between men and women, and that there are some things that in general men are better at, and some things that in general, women are better at. And that there are certain areas of interest that are more “feminine,” some that are more “masculine,” and that there is often a biological basis for which is which. I also believe that modern gender dynamics have evolved from traditional gender roles, which evolved (quite literally) from our animal ancestry, where males have the role of hunter, and the females have the role of gatherer, where the males are more removed from daily family life, and the females are the nurturers. I think that most people are generally happiest when in these traditional roles (or, at least, our modern approximation of them), and that acceptance of this does not mean that one is setting back equality, or necessarily selling short their own abilities.
So, that in a nutshell is a little bit about my philosophy on feminism. What say, you, Dopers? Am I on track, off base, or all wet? What is the core of feminism, and where can reasonable people disagree?