I think you may be confusing what a feminist is. Feminism isn't some secret, abnormal club we get cards for. We are just normal people who believe that women should determine our own lives and bodies. You'll have met thousands of us in your life, we just don't walk around with sticky labels on our foreheads saying "I'm a feminist!" In other words, all normal, rational people are feminists. If you don't believe your girlfriend should be paid less than her colleagues, forced to squeeze out a kid or made to share her body against her wishes, then you are a feminist too.
Sorry you ran into a toxic bitch, but the fact that she's labelled herself a feminist has nothing to do with it. Asserting so is as ridiculous as if I said all men were douchebags because several men I've come across have yelled out that they would like me to display my breasts.
But I will say...I think my girlfriend should get paid what she deserves, and if her colleagues get paid more than she does, it's because they deserve to get paid more than she does. I don't think that they get paid more because they have a dick between their legs. I'm sure there are asshat employers out there who correlate sex with pay, but I think they are a minority, and that's just horrible business. There are so many factors that go into this "wage gap" that a lot of studies don't take into consideration. Good economists do not take the wage gap serious, and rightfully so in my opinion. If the majority of women actually got paid less to do the same exact job as their male colleagues, then why not hire only women?
As far as government dictating what a woman can and can't do with her body, I fully agree with you...Big middle finger to the government. I don't think government should have any say in such matters. Personally, I feel like if you want to be a piece of shit, it should be legal for you to be a piece of shit. I'm not saying women who have abortions are pieces of shit (I personally could give less than a fuck), I'm just saying women should have the right to go and get knocked up, and say, "screw this, I don't want to have this kid."
And rape...yeah that's just bad. duh.
So yeah..I back equality..and I guess that makes me a traditional feminist, cool, but I do not support this new wave of feminism. I think it has become less and less about equality. Maybe that's the minority of feminists today like Neal said, but I don't know that.
Edited by Fender2.0, 23 January 2017 - 06:42 PM.