I looked on Google for a definition. I found this one from "Ask Amy" of feminist.com: http://www.feminist.com/askamy/feminism/fem172.html "I think that the most accessible definition of feminism is the dictionary definition: the movement toward the full social, political, and economic equality of all people. The positive sides are obviously that it liberates each individual to be an individual regardless of their gender. The negative side could be that it will take so much work to break down thousands of years of conditioning--and some people, I'm sure, would rather live as status quo. In other words, some people would rather live complacently--being told what to do rather than deciding what you want to do It sort of ties into Emerson, today's Quote of the Day: "Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson I don't particularly like Emerson, which might be prejudice. It is rather glib to say go where there is no trail. Still, the idea is, be an individual, think for yourself. Joseph Campbell might work better in this context with his Hero's Journey into one's own self. They say that women want to be sex objects because of evolution. I think it's because working for a living stinks, for both men and women. The problem is that the alternative, not working, is worse. Also, given that one out of two marriages ends in divorce, staking one's livelihood on marriage is iffy. ----- Original Message ----- From: To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: 12/24/2005 6:45:30 AM Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: A Question REALLY Answered <sigh> I guess we're back to definitions. Maybe we should define what "feminism" means in the context of this dialogue. Julie Krueger still making endless lists of preparation for "Chanamas". (Buy new dreidles & get Gelt; Mini-Christmas tree display that enchanted me, find candles for Menorah, make room for toy trains, find least expensive ground lamb, set up enormously long folding table in too-small dining room and figure what I can cook a day ahead tomorrow; determine appropriate mix of Christmas and Channukah CD's and have them ready; prepare chocolate satin pie, turkey breasts, lamb kiftas, artichoke dip. Figure out how to make the oven cook at three different temperatures simultaneously. Put something in daugher's "Mice Stocking" for her pet mice (why don't the cats and our Sheltie get stockings?). Re-think Apricot Chantilly & Chocolate Elephant because they don't hold their shape well.) Glass of wine. Maybe two. Followed by extreme expresso. I'm so glad we have this wonderful vacation from the busy-ness of life; a time to relax and de-stress.