As the father of daughters, I always feel a bit guilty when I find myself railing against the excesses and absurdities of contemporary feminism. I mentally prepare myself for the counterarguments my position will invite: Don’t you believe women should have the same opportunities as men? Don’t you think equal work should mean equal pay? Do you want to return to a time when women were legally chattel?
You can respond that nobody wants to deny women opportunities, fairness or the basics of personhood but you know that there are millions, even billions, of people around the world fully supported by cultures and governments who believe precisely that, but for some reason nobody who claims to speak for women’s rights seems very interested in arguing the point with them these days, even behind the ramparts of Twitter.