There is a misconception about the nature of feminists.
Not every feminist is a man-hating, bra-burning, flannel-wearing woman who believes that all men are evil. Instead, feminism is "the belief in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes," according to the American Heritage Dictionary.
Not all feminists are women. The phrase "male -feminist" seems like an oxymoron, but there are men out there who hold feminist beliefs and should be able to do so without having their masculinity questioned. At Saturday's Women's Conference, there was a breakout session called "What Men Call Male Feminists," which was run by two men who classify themselves as feminists.
The conference was a good chance not only for the men who attended to gain a better understanding of women's lives but also for the women in attendance to see that men can be their allies, not their enemies.
It is important for people to understand the true meaning of feminism. It is not exclusively for women. It is for people looking to promote equality amongst individuals regardless of gender. The stereotypes are so misleading that they skew the true beliefs behind feminist ideology and make the feminist message poorly received.
One gender should not feel dominated by the other gender; instead they should be put on an equal playing field in life. This is what feminism is trying to accomplish. It is not the angry woman's agenda. Both sexes should give and take from each other to further women's empowerment without disempowering men.