F: Feminist I'm not sure there are many more misunderstood words in English than this one. I think several factors contribute to this problem. First, the conservatives shout the loudest, so their definitions get the most airplay. As a result, not many people can define "feminist" but most know exactly what a "feminazi" is. I once asked my students to define the word feminist, and they refined it until we came to this: "A woman who bulldozes her way over men to get what she wants." Ahem. Then I asked the gender studies student to define it for them. It sounds so harmless when you look at the face of it.
The other problem is that there are many feminisms, and things that make people think can so easily confuse them. It is a label I embrace, and if you wonder why, I invite you to do research into the subject to find out. You didn't think I was going to make this easy, did you?