I need feminism because...
I have 4 daughters and a son. My daughters are growing up on the side of the mountain and do not need to be called, "lesbians in training" (yep, heard it already) because the only clothes they have that don't fall apart when you look at them are boy's clothes. My son does not need to be made fun of by his male peers when he grows up because the invariable result of growing up with a bunch of sisters is that he will have respect for girls and be able to get along well (not just in a romantic way) with girls.
I need feminism so that I can walk around my town of 1000 people at dusk without fear of being raped because my husband isn't home to stand over me.
I need feminism because society still tells me that this guy:
who has way bigger boobs than I do, is perfectly within his right to walk around half naked anywhere he wants... but it's obscene for me to breastfeed in public because OMG I HAVE NIPPLES!
I need feminism because my husband and I CO-own a horse-hauling business and I frequently get calls that insist on speaking to the "real" owner, with the implication that I'm just a secretary or something, when in fact I do 90% of the work since DH has an unrelated sales job and the business can be run from our home office.
I need feminism because I'm still referred to as selfish and dumb for making my own informed decisions about birth, child-rearing and education -- all fields dominated by MEN at the higher levels, with women just doing the bidding of the men when it comes down to actual work.
I need feminism because my husband was a SAHD for two years and that's still not considered acceptable absent a dire financial need, which we did not have. He just wanted to be with his kids and it makes me sad that that's not acceptable, just the same way it's still a sore point with many women that other moms go to work absent a dire financial need to do so.
My girls need feminism because I had a hard time finding a Halloween costume that wasn't pink, frilly, or princess. Much less one that represented an actual occupation. My girls need feminism because my 4 year old desperately wanted to be a doctor and we couldn't find one that didn't have a boy (complete with a drawn on beard) on the package, though she didn't care and is thrilled with her costume-- even though we could only find it in the boys' section.