Tenets of Modern Feminism.
There are several broad and widespread beliefs that feminists and their advocates taut. Trying to find a consensus on the subject is frustrating. After exhaustive research I can find about 6 main points that they all agree on, with only a couple of exceptions. Keep in mind this is the modern definition of the term, because as early as the late 1700s is when you can actually trace the beginnings of a real "movement" effecting change in our country, often called Protofeminism.
Point #1- Feminists believe that Men and Women should be equal in all arenas, be it careers, education, society, politics, etc.
In theory this does not sound bad at all. However when you actively try and make this happen, you get a backlash, you inevitably favor one over the other because we are in fact... different. The end result is inequality at even the most basic levels of our society. You are taking two different weights and putting them on a balance, and rigging the scales to make them even. That's not equality, that's bullshit, in both directions. Also despite this claim, they typically never will admit to any inequality that is subverting men, even if it is blatant.
Point #2- Feminists for the most part, believe that women have been oppressed through the ages and through to the present day by a mysterious force called "The Patriarchy"
If they would squeegee their brains out, they would realize everyone has been oppressed by this "Patriarchy" as they define it. This does not make women special in this regard. There was oppression of women just as much as there was an oppression of men, I suppose the astute feminist would argue that women were just oppressed more. We will investigate this further.
Point #3- Feminists believe that males have an inherent social/biological privilege that creates a condition in which men can flourish, and women cannot.
I suppose there is a strange sort of irony in this, because it is the very idea that males have more inherent privilege that makes them blind to the idea that they in fact have inherent privilege as well. I have gathered that the argument put forth by feminists is that the male version of privilege is more powerful and is much more easily wielded.
Point #4- Feminism advocates that women can fulfill the exact same role as a man can.
The famous "I can do anything a man can do" mantra. While I readily admit there is a large swath of overlap that makes your gender irrelevant to your capacity, there are differences that prevent this from being absolute. This is just wrong. That fucks up their argument doesn't it? It invalidates all of the previous points and declares there is no inequality that favors men except whatever women let occur.
Point #5- Feminism seeks equality for women against cultural, religious, and traditional tendencies in places where they have been denied any recourse.
Again, sounds like common sense. However in these cultures you find unerringly that if they are brutal towards women, they are also brutal towards men. No real headway is going to be gained from this until you combat the entire problem. Although this is perhaps the most humanist and logical theme you can find amongst them, they fail to realize that by helping and politicking just for the women, you often dig them deeper in the hole. This is an almost universal trend amongst feminists, but you tend to notice some circles care only to advocate for change that will effect them in their countries.
Point #6- Any challenge to Feminism is anti-woman, and enforces negative stereotypes.
Without question, this is the longest stretch, however if you keep reading and investigating, you can draw no other conclusion that this is indeed an almost universal feeling amongst feminists of today.
Again, it was really hard to define these just 6 points. There are so many contradictions and opposing viewpoints even within feminism that it gets really confusing to keep track of all of them. Some feminists are for prostitution, some are against it. Some think pornography is liberating, others think it is abhorrent. Some think that written history is purposefully portrayed from a male perspective, some think that idea is total bullshit. In the end, it becomes very difficult to find a real unified theory as it were, and there is really no centralized set of ideas which to draw from. However, these are the themes that seem to come up the most often, and I feel it is fair to them on the whole. You can find radicals who say they will abort their baby if they find out its a boy, because they don't want to hurt women by breeding another rapist. You can find feminists who draw attention to the media portrayals of women being as being sexist, without realizing there is sexism against men as well. You can find those who feel that all sexual activity between men and women is rape.
In the end, this is a pendulum with a fixed roll moment. Feminism in theory is equality for all. Feminism in practice is that you get equality by just focusing on the issues of one side of the equation, which of course violates the definition of equal. Part 3 will deal with this in detail.