Reposted from AmbivaBlog:
Feminism was enormously important to me, but it was important the way an elevator is important that gets you out of the basement to the ground floor, where you can get out and walk away. Feminism showed me that I was not defective or inferior, that I was as human as a man, as capable of culture while men were no less bound by nature. That was all I needed to know to be off and running. Nothing is more important than for girls all over the world to get basic legal rights and protections and that elevator ride. And God bless the people who devote their lives to running the elevator. But staying in the elevator rather defeats its purpose.