Roxane Gay’s essays on feminism managed to explain feminism’s current state perfectly. She explained how many women are terrified to be associated with the movement because of the militant attitude it is connected with. I personally loved the quote “Alas, poor feminism. So much responsibility keeps getting piled on the shoulders of a movement whose primary purpose is to achieve equality, in all realms, between men and women.” In reality, that’s all feminism is. There’s no need, in my perspective, for essential feminism’s angry disposition and hatred of seemingly everything. In the words of the Australian woman Su, feminism is “just women who don’t want to be treated like shit,” and I couldn’t have stated it better myself. I believe feminism just means equality between men and women, which should allow women to do whatever they desire, whether that be CEO of a major corporation, or a stay at home mom. For this reason, I do not agree with Elizabeth Wurtzel’s definition that “Real feminists earn a living, have money and means of their own.” If a woman wants to stay at home and take care of her children, she should be allowed to without judgement. She is no less of a feminist. We should empower women to do whatever they choose, not just what we personally want to do.