Feminism is not alone having extremists disagreeing about terminology and semantics amongst themselves. Atheists– some, not all –do the same when they look down on agnostics and call them weak because they seem to be sitting on the fence, waiting for someone else to prove that God exists or not. While some agnostics likes to tell atheists that they really are agnostics too, because with the uncertainty of God’s existence, you can’t be certain God doesn’t exist.
You also have the vegans vs vegetarians wars, which I prefer not to delve into, other than mentioning them. Because that is an absolute nightmare of a battle.
The joy of standing on the side-line, watching these extremists duke it out can be amusing – if they manage keep their distance and not drag you into their battle.
Unfortunately it can get a bit tiresome as they often paint everyone with the same two brushes they hold in each of their hands. Either you are with them, or you are against them. Utilising extremely flawed logic and self-serving [rubbish] reasoning.
If you are A you can not be anything else other than B – BECAUSE WE SAY SO!
If you agree with equality, you’re a feminist. Come to terms with it. Move on.
No, I will not move on! Because I refuse to accept that to show support for equal rights you can only call yourself a feminist. I support equal rights and speak up about it as an egalitarian.
Are you for equal rights? Yep, you’re a feminist.
If you want to call yourself a feminist, go right ahead. I won’t criticise you for that. Nor will I deny you that right. In the same way I can’t be arsed caring if someone rather want to label themselves as an agnostic instead of an atheist – or the that they should care if I prefer to call myself an apatheist.
But to insinuate that only feminists support equality is not fair. Nor is an attitude like that compatible with the idea of equal rights. It just creates and encourages segregation – an us-against-them mindset.
So snicker all you want at those who support equal rights, but don’t refer to themselves as feminists. Feminism doesn’t have monopoly on the fight for equality. Claiming such is, semantically and ideologically, wrong.
Not to mention it reeks of elitism.
Any support for equal rights should be welcomed without prejudice. What ideology people decide to do it under, as long it doesn’t exclude anyone, should not matter.