Just wondering what people from other countries think (I'm in Iceland). I've read a lot about the different trends of feminism (you would be surprised how many trends there are!) and I always end up thinking that the word in itself is counterproductive when it comes to women's rights - I would almost go as far as saying that it wakes up a certain kind of rebellion among men when they are the ones that we need the most support from because some of these movements focus on women having "more" rights than men (for instance a mother almost automatically gets custody after divorce in many western cultures). As I've stated before I have great respect for women of previous generations who fought for my right to vote, to have the choice to have an abortion, my sovereignity over my own body, to be able to live an independent life without HAVING to get married just so I can live a decent life, being able to get the education I wanted etc. But nowadays.... the word itself just rubs me the wrong way somehow, it's too focused on *just* women. As much as I get irritated with the old patriarch way of viewing things I also get irritated when I feel like feminist movements "forget" that there are other minorities out there that need help with their fight for equal rights, such as gays, the disabled, the elderly, children of poverty..... the list is endless. I get that each group needs to fight their own battle but all of them should support each other more openly you know? That's why I choose to call myself an "equalist" (is that a word??) instead of a feminist although I know full well that there is a LOT of inequality between men and women in this world still. So I guess the question is - based on your view of your own culture, how productive/counterproductive do you think the word feminism is?