I describe myself as a feminist, meaning I believe in complete equality between men and women. That is the original definition--not that the current feminist movement hasn't perverted it to some extent. Here are the believes that make me a feminist: 1. Women and men should be able to do the exact same jobs, including combat jobs and playing in the NFL, and receive the exact same pay for it. If any employer has the choice between hiring a man and hiring a woman, and all other things being equal, chooses to hire the man because the woman is of child-bearing age, married and "might" get pregnant and want maternity leave, the employer should be taken to the cleaners in court. 2. Women should only have children or take their husbands' last names if they want to. They should not feel obligated to in any way. Motherhood is too important a job to enter into it out of some sense of duty or obligation--the overwhelming maternal desire should be there before even considering going off birth control. As far as last names, I have my husband's, but only because it was important to him and I knew I was just exchanging one man's last name for another--and what was the difference between husband's and father's, other than husband's has one letter fewer, a different nationality (I get joked for my Irish looks and Italian last name), and it's closer to the beginning of the alphabet? 3. Birth control should be readily and easily available, and women should be educated on how to use it. Abortions should be available during first trimester with no questions asked. All young girls should be taught self-defense in school in order to avoid being taken advantage of by machismo men. 4. Women should be able to dress however they want. If men can take off their shirts in public, we should be able to take off ours. Complaining about Brandy Chastain stripping down to her sports bra was the ultimate in hypocrisy. How many men take their shirts off when they're hot? It is hot in July where I live. I wear short shorts and cropped halter tops, and I will do so whether men can control their penises or not. The latter is not my responsibility or my problem, and I will not suffer for it. 5. We need to get rid of gender roles. If a guy wants to play with Barbies, let him. Ditto if a girl wants to play with Matchbox cars. Guys should be taught to clean bathrooms and do dishes, and should be taught that they are not too good to do it, and that it is not "women's work". Girls should be taught to mow grass and take care of their own cars. 6. Paying on a date should be determined by who initiated the date and who is making the most money, not who has a penis. Now, people who make feminists look bad: 1. All the "feminazis" who are trying to get "women" changed to "womyn" and try to tell other women that they shouldn't put "Mrs." in front of their names, take their husbands' names or stay home with their children. The idea is that we should be allowed to do what's best for us, not that we should put limitations on ourselves on the opposite side. We want to get away from having men oppress us, but we don't want to be oppressed by the agenda of other women. 2. Women who still expect men to look after them while at the same time screaming about the way men treat them. We have to accept men for the way they are, especially some men, and we have to look out for ourselves. And we can't play dumb. Example: Paula Jones. She is a boil on the ass of feminism. A cop comes to see her and says "The governor wants to see you in his hotel room." Hel-LO, you dumb broad, what did you think he wanted to see you in his hotel room for--milk and cookies? That and she waited three years, until he was conveniently President of the United States, before interrupting his running of the country so that he could deal with her piddly lawsuit. If it bothered her that much (even though she was pretty damn stupid to go to his hotel room and not expect him to want some nookie), she should have brought a lawsuit against him at the time.