We’ve been posting recently about what it means to be feminist, and ultimately, I believe the fundamental ideology is concerned with the advancement of the status of women. That can be defined more specifically by various feminist sects who may or may not oppose one another. It’s concerned with gender equality (which also means different things to different people). Many pro-life groups have associated themselves with the term, recognizing the need for a differentiation from other forms of feminism and feeling that they are pursuing feminist ideals by pro-life means.
The infamous Rebecca West wrote, “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute.” It is a term that has avoided rigid definition for decades, yet Gloria Steinem told us today who can and can’t use the word.
In an interview for @katiecouric, writer and activist Gloria Steinem responded to Sarah Palin calling herself a feminist, saying, “you can’t be a feminist who says other women can’t” have an abortion.
While I don’t say women can’t have an abortion, I’d prefer if they didn’t.
Steinem said of candidates like Republican Senate nominee Carly Fiorina: “I defend their right to be wrong.”
And I yours.by