Are You a Feminist? Why or Why Not?

Is this what feminism is really all about?It's easy to forget that, originally, being a feminist simply meant supporting legal, political, social, and economic opportunities for women. It wasn't about putting down domestic pursuits. It wasn't about trying to "have it all." And it certainly wasn't about bashing men.

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"Feminism insists on women's right to make choices -- about whether to marry, whether to have children, whether to combine work and family or to focus on one over the other," Stephanie Coontz wrote at CNN. "It also urges men and women to share the joys and burdens of family life and calls on society to place a higher priority on supporting care-giving work."

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In an interview with The Daily Beast last year, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said that she wouldn't call herself a feminist; instead, she said, "I'm a woman comfortable in her own skin. I grew up with three brothers. My parents didn't see us [as] limited [by gender]. I would mow the lawn and take out the trash; I was making my own fishing lures. I went along with everything the boys did."

But isn't that the very definition of feminism?

"Women are feminists by default," Caitlin Moran, author of "How to be a Woman," told NPR in August. "You are educated equally to boys. You're expected to go into equal employment with boys. In a marriage, you are legally equal. So, you know, you cannot deny we live in a feminist world."

But somewhere along the line "feminine" and "feminist" became mutually exclusive. Instead of feeling free to choose the path that made them happiest, women started feeling defensive about choosing domestic, traditionally female interests and jobs -- including motherhood. Even social media has become shaded by it.

Take Pinterest. Women love it -- anywhere from 72 percent to 97 percent of its users are female, according to Forbes magazine -- and it has come under fire for not being feminist enough. The site is "heavy on recipes (diet and otherwise), inspirational quotes, exercise tips, and aspirational clothes and homes," writes Amy Odell in "How Pinterest is Killing Feminism". "Kitchen porn, cupcake porn, bracelet porn - any kind of eye candy you can think of is probably on Pinterest, waiting for the next Pinner to covet it enough to re-pin it. People don't go to Pinterest for articles, they go there to scrapbook every imaginable physical aspect of their dream lives, right down to the Mason jar candle holders you really hope to get around to DIY-ing for your next cocktail party."

Emily Matchar, whose new book, "Homeward Bound: The New Cult of Domesticity," is due out in May, calls this return to retro-female interests "The New Domesticity."

"Why are women of my generation, the daughters of post-Betty Friedan feminists, embracing the domestic tasks that our mothers and grandmothers so eagerly shrugged off?" she asks. "Why has the image of the blissfully domestic supermom overtaken the Sex & the City-style single urban careerist as the media's feminine ideal?"

But just as the idea of being a "blissfully domestic supermom" wasn't every woman's idea of perfection in the 1960s, being a promiscuous "single urban careerist" was never the feminine ideal for all women a generation later. (And even if it was, it's been a long time since 1998, when "Sex & the City" made its debut. Women have been there, done that -- and discovered that making a home can be just as satisfying as collecting a closet full of designer shoes.)

Women today embrace canning, baking, sewing, and crafting because they can and because they want to -- because they're not bound to a narrow definition of what a woman can do. One could argue that raising chickens, gardening, and putting up your own produce makes women more self-reliant and independent, not less. Besides, who says you can't be an urban careerist who loves to make your own jam?

Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?