Why change the name from feminist or Christian just because other people believe the definition to be something other then what it is? If people believe the wrong definition than you should use it as an oppertunity to educate people. The Westboro Baptist Church or the KKK can call themselves Christian all they want, it doesn't make it true. The sterotypical Feminazi can be people's first impression when they here the word feminist but if a feminist shows them that it is not true, then you have a teaching oppertunity. Hence Patrick Stewert's shirt. A feminist is not a unshaved, butch, bald, flannel wear, dirty work boot scuffing, man hating feminazi. It's a man or woman just like Patrick Stewert. He didn't even have to talk to someone about feminism, they just had to read his shirt. Changing the name of a thing does not change the thing. "A rose by any other..." yadda yadda yadda. Don't change the name just to get away from the negative view point, that is just taking the easy way out. Fight the negative view point and you educate at the same time.
Very nicely expressed with great examples.
Whenever I am personally critical of something (in a seriously genuine way) I always try to address the best arguments and go the hard route. I mean if I want something to change or argue against a point I like to address the best arguments and or positions, the educated and intelligent stances. Don't take the easy way out I agree with firmly.
Yeah, I think that's basically whatand my pastor-to-be friend were saying, and as the days have gone by I'll admit I've continued to think about it. The "teaching opportunity" is a really great point. It gives an opportunity not just to dismiss extreme hypocrites but to actively and thoughtfully present my own values.
The critic in me can't help noting this is actually the opposite of Juliet's point, though. To say "a rose by any other name would smell would smell as sweet" is actually the equalist position, for it suggests that you can continue to believe in women's rights under a different, less unpopular name; Romeo might have fairly responded "yes, but rose takes only four letters to convey an idea which would otherwise be pretty complicated to describe, and besides, it's been sufficient for centuries, so why abandon it now for petty political reasons?"
Not very romantic, but it may have saved both their lives, so...