Naomi Wolf has an interesting article about right-wing feminism on the Project Syndicate blog, in which she discusses the popularity of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Ms Wolf argues that right-wing women crave equality just as strongly as left-wing women, the difference being that they seek equality through individualism and the free market.
“Feminism” means many things and is used to refer to political philosophies which differ widely. While I’m not a fan* of either Ms Palin or Ms Bachmann, I can happily believe that they share my desire for equality. For too long feminism has been “claimed” by a particular group — but it’s such a powerful word that it should be able to be used by people from all political ideologies.
* I’m a liberal conservative, remember? I’m entirely for Hillary Clinton.