Some words trigger misunderstandings. One of those words is feminist. Its dictionary meaning says it is “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.”
Equal rights for all people: male or female (white or brown, rich or poor).
Some people apparently have the idea that feminists are something like gun-toting Annie Oakleys. (Actually, Ms. Oakley was a talented markswoman who ironically brought in more money than her manager husband, Frank).
When did equality become a four-letter word? What other words and phrases create misunderstanding? How do we overcome that?
This message is an excerpt from an October 2010 Women of the ELCA blog by Terri Lackey.