A former student I like very much came to see me yesterday. She's a woman studies major at UCLA now, and she and I chatted about her work at length. She told me she had picked her major after taking my women's history course, and she said some very complimentary things about the impact of the course on her life.
And she also said this: "Dr. Schwyzer, you were one of the first people (and definitely the first man) I ever met to call himself a feminist. And now that I'm taking all of these other courses and applying for grad school as a feminist scholar, it's funny, but I realize how far outside of the feminist mainstream you are. I'm not sure I would call you a feminist now, but you're the reason I became one."
Talk about your back-handed compliments! She said this as she was leaving, and there was no chance to follow up, alas. I know that for a variety of reasons (my sex being the least of them), I'm not in the mainstream of contemporary feminist thought, but still...
CT, you know who you are, e-mail me and explain!