I believe the equality of men AND women (the definition of feminism, I must stress) is fundimental in keeping a fair equilibrium between the sexes in our society. Everybody deserves equal rights and to be treated fairly regardless of gender, and therefore I think believing in this equality is so important.
Some people dislike the word "feminism" due to it looking like it's only about females, however if one were to dig deeper and research they would see that the true meaning is equality for all.
I admit there are some women who see it as rights for women only (who have been branded as "Feminazis" by the internet), who give feminists a bad name due to their rude, unnecessary anti-men nature, however these people should be ignored.
Anyway, I digress. Disregarding the word "feminism" for the moment, I believe men and women deserve equal rights and that's that! :-)
Not sure if this comment is in response to mine, but if it is, you clearly failed to understand what I wrote. I never stated that women don't deserve respect? I quite clearly said that I'm a supporter of traditional feminism. That being, the feminism that fights for equality. Emphasis on equality. And yes, I can tell you honestly that in my 27 years alive I have never met a sexist man. Ever. In the vast majority of developed western nations, feminism achieved what it originally set out to. I'm not denying that in the past women weren't treated less than men, but that is no longer the case. In fact, in many areas women are above men now.
Please also note that my comment was in regard to western nations. I know that there are still many places in the world that could benefit from traditional feminism. But the current brand of mainstream feminism in the west (Europe and America) is a twisted form of feminism. Which was the original point of my comment.