This is dead wrong. Totally and completely wrong. Women can 'understand' men, but men can't 'understand' women? That's sexist, exceedingly sexist and close minded.
Feminism, as stated numerous times, is about being treated fairly like a person. And every person, no matter the gender, orientation, colouring has different needs and expectations, however, I believe that it should society's goal to strive and treat everyone one, and I mean everyone, in a manner they deserve and with respect (until such a time they, the person in question, does something to not deserve it. Like harm another for self-interest or sadistic pleasure and other myriad of criminal activities.)
Feminism is the woman's right to be treated fairly, and in a job situation, compensated appropriately for her job (same pay as a man doing her job), no more, but especially no less. At no time should anyone be considered to be entitled for more, whether or not they have dangly bits between their legs.
Firstly I never claimed to be able to understand men. The opposite.
And again I see this same argument, and again it comes from a male,. which is that the only difference between women and men is our sexual organs. Societies expectations on a young woman and a young man are greatly different. Historically the differences have been greater, and we are moving towards a similar lifestyle, but the woman is still generally expected to marry and raise children and the male is still expected to work and provide. This gives us a completely different perspective on life and it begins from the very moment we are born and I wear pink and you wear blue.
If you ask a group of males and females to play word association, and come out with words such as Education, Sex, Love, while some words are the same, the females will provide a completely different perspective. Words that a male wouldn't even think of, and vice versa. An average female and an average male have different priorities in life. While Sarah from Swansea may hold the same ideals and thoughts as you do, as a male, if you poll a reasonable amount of women and men on almost anything, you will have different results.
Regarding feminisim I disagree that it is about "being treated fairly as a person". While that is a goal of any civil rights group, feminism is about tackling the issues that women face, that in the main have been caused by men. Issues such as women's health, women's rights, women in the workplace, getting strong female role models in high places. It is about having equal rights to the men who have held women down throughout history and today.
If you look at almost any major issue facing young women specifically, it is caused by men. And this is not me saying "you are a man so you must be evil", but the truth is that feminism's major opponent is the male and male views. Women get paid less because a man thinks we should. In many places women are still forced to marry, by men, to men. In 2013, women have started to play video games and enter into a male domain and are being told to "get back in the kitchen" and refused to join groups, by men. In politics women are smeared by men. Why? There are lots of theories on this. The bigger, physically stronger sex wanting control of the weaker one, or men scared as to what would happen if women ever decided they didn't need men are both theories. And while you CAN support feminism and you CAN cheerlead and you CAN change the views of those and those around you, you can never understand what it means to be a woman or truly be a feminist.
Until you have faced injustice, you have no perspective on that injustice. If someone walks to a black man and insults him racially, I can sympathise with him, I can feel for him, I can know that it was not very nice. But I have no perspective on what it's like. I can relate it to when someone has been sexist, but it is not the same. I don't know what it's like to be an african man, or a man, and I would never claim to.
Lets say a young girl was inspired by the Popes visit and wanted to be the Pope. A bold ambition. Women cannot be named pope because they are unable to become ordained priests in Catholicism. How you see that, and how that girl sees that are completely different. She is crushed, cannot do what she wants in her life because she was not born a man. You can't understand her emotion. You can sympathise, you can try to understand, but you can never fully comprehend what it is like to be told you cannot do something "because you don't have dangly bits between your legs". And it's insulting to think you can.
Those rules were made by man to hold women down. Men and men's rules have put women at an unfair disadvantage. This is why I don't worry about being called sexist. I'm not going to get a violin out, because I've been the victim of sexism from the moment I was born into this society. I know anger shouldn't be met with anger, but a female sexist viewpoint is far more understandable and rational than a male one in the same way a foreign person who has been abused since he got here doesn't like the locals much. He doesn't like the locals because many of them are mean to him. The locals don't like him, because he is foreign. It's the same with sexism. You may not like my views but they are based on my experiences and unfair limitations in life caused by men.
Feminism is not, will not, and can never be about men. Feminism is because of men. In spite of men. But it's not for men. If men want to help the feminist movement then get the rest of the men to start paying us fairly, stop whistling and have more respect. You feel it's sexist that some feminists don't want to let you in their club? Well how did you think all those women felt that were banned from every club, for their entire lives, and still are in many places? It's not about men, it's the one thing that is ours (and men have many). This is our "get back in the garage" to your "get back in the kitchen" if you will. Sorry if I come across rude but I am very passionate about this subject.