“Feminist”

noun [ C ] UK ​  /ˈfem.ɪ.nɪst/ US ​  /ˈfem.ə.nɪst/​

A person who believes in feminism, and tries to achieve change that helps women to get equal opportunities and treatment.

Go by the dictionary definition (Cambridge), it would seem one is either a feminist or isn’t. The very idea of “how much of a feminist are you” begs the question: How do you actually define feminism? Because it seems like we’ve greatly departed from the true meaning of the word.

Feminism started out as a social movement, much like, and vastly preceding, the movement for African Americans’ rights. Unlike the latter, it got a bad rep, practically becoming synonymous with vulgar and offensive terms like “dyke” “man hater” “muff diver” etc. Things that never had anything to do with the feminist movement to begin with, except that a number of leading revolutionaries happened to be lesbian. In the 90s, it got to the point where women who believed in equality between the sexes didn’t dare voice their beliefs.

So what does this question tell you? You either believe that men and women should be equal, or you don’t. In a lot of Middle Eastern and African countries, the very notion of equality between the sexes is totally and completely unacceptable. So it’s very relative. If you’re asking yourself to what extent you or someone you know is a feminist, then you or the person in question probably isn’t.

Yes, it’s fairly obvious men are physically stronger, more aggressive, and often more persistent and assertive. They’re also more confident sometimes. All of the qualities listed here are a consequence of physical superiority and of growing up in a world that remains predominantly sexist against women. On the other hand, women live longer, are generally healthier, and have childbearing ability. This balances out women’s inferiority in terms of physical strength.