Covering the Vatican elections, CBS news this morning had a spot with a guest referred to as “the Rebel Nun” (I could only watch it intermittently). One statement that she made was “feminism is the radical idea that men and women are equal.” Not only is this statement incorrect, it is every bit as erroneous and mis-informed as my favorite pseudo-liberal quip, “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”
In this case, the idea that men and women are equal is actually a modern concept referred to as “Women’s Liberation.” “Feminism” is about irreconcilable inequality: it is the post-modern idea that women and men have a necessarily unequal, and necessarily adversarial, relationship. That any woman who is not actively working to undermine or destroy anything associated with “maleness” (including marriage and families, which require both men and women for their existence), is actively working to enslave women into the bondage of men.
Like all post-modern movements, it is by definition irrational, being based on rejection of the modern values of intelligence and reason.