Oh, Peg. Have you learned nothing from Gloria Steinem? Feminism isn't about slaying vampires or screaming into a microphone. Feminism is about women having the choice to be who we want to be. Women didn't have many choices when the feminist movement hit. We were forced into roles deemed appropriate. The whole point was that women should be able to decide for themselves what role they want to fill.
And personally, I feel there is nothing tougher than single moms who are trying to make a living and provide a loving home for their children while fulfilling their dreams. There is nothing more feminist than women who can choose to be whatever they want. Some women are knock outs in the boardroom. Some women are life-changing researchers. Some women are SAHMs. Some women are politicians. Some women are knitting bloggers. But the common factor is that all of these women get to choose who they want to be. Now that's bad-ass!
And on a personal note: I don't know anything about you, Peg. Don't assume to know me. I was a single mother who worked 3 part time jobs to care for my child while going back to school to give my son a better life. I endured taking my child to doctor after doctor. My son had 16 surgeries, was diagnosed on the autism spectrum and with numerous learning disabilities, and has bilateral hearing impairment. (Mind you, after going through a horrendous pregnancy complete with preterm labor. And I was the picture of perfection as a pregnant mom. I ate extremely healthy foods, did not take any medicine at all, and followed every rule of pregnancy.) I fought with schools for his needs. My husband and I moved us out of state to provide appropriate health care for him. I quit my job, the one that I'd received so many professional accolades for, to put him first. Now that's BAD-ASS.
Go give Peg a piece of your mind and let her know that choosing to be who we want to be is not shameful or wimpy!
Now please excuse me while I go eat a cupcake and check on my heirloom tomatoes in my Hello Kitty PJs.