We had dinner with another couple last night when the topic of my dissertation came up. My wife has come up with the very clever (very simple if not at all simplistic) 2-word summary of the project: "Aristotle exposed"; but she decided also to drop the f-bomb, that one (complicated) word: "feminisms."
"Ah," replied the other woman, looking at her husband. "Feminism sorta resonates with women. But it's really a problem at the end of the day. It's making men become feminized in this country."
"Men," added the man, looking at his wife, "are 'blue' in the way they speak and listen. Women are 'pink.' But the feminist movement has caused everyone to have to listen and to talk 'pink.'"
As casually and as quickly as and as gently as she was able, my wife tried to shift the conversation. Now we were talking about the other couples' visit to Pakistan. They appreciated many things there. They noted the good, the bad, and the ugly. We all puzzled over the on-going practices of purdah, vani (young-girl marriages), watta satta, and honor killings.
At the end of the day, I couldn't decide whether our conversation had been "blue" or "pink." Blame the confusion on that problem called "feminism."