From my friends at The Galloping Beaver -- no pun intended -- an awesome post on what feminism has given the world.
Feminism hasn't created socio-economic inequalities. Over the course of centuries, feminism, which didn't start with the end of WW2 or with the cancellation of Leave It To Beaver, has always benefited society. Feminism has the effect of highlighting the worst of social ills and correcting them for women, men, children and sometimes, animals. A British soldier of today would still be living the life of his 18th Century antecedent if it hadn't been for a feminist.
Feminism is responsible for a lot of things, 99.99% of them good.
It is not responsible for fascism, Islamic or otherwise. It is not responsible for the exploitation of women and children in the sex trade. It is not responsible for sharia law, the Taliban, the war in Iraq, Hitler, domestic abuse, anorexia, bare midriffs or the Spice Girls.
Feel free to fill in the blank: Feminism is not responsible for _________.
UPPITY DATE (4/1/08): Habibah Richards in the comments below takes exception to my including shariah law on this list. She writes, in part:
Though I certainly appreciate much of what you've written, unfortunately your choice of words is suggestive of some bigotry and prejudice in the form anti-islamic sentiments - ironic for a blog that is against gender discrimination to engage in religious discrimination. Fascism is unislamic, so the notion of "Islamic fascism" is an oxymoron. And the much-maligned shariah law is not what is portrayed in the media, nor is it defined by the occurrence of misinterpretations and misapplications in third world countries. Shariah refers to the legal constitution of Islam and the true Shariah is aimed at elevation of women, as seen through the voluminous quotes from the Qur'an and Prophet on the subject.
While I am prepared to accept that the media misrepresent shariah law, I highly doubt feminists had anything to do with drawing it up. Indeed, feminism is not responsible for modern patriarchal organized religion of any kind.