As you may know, Xena is a feminist and lesbian icon, but it has to be mentioned that the show has also some elements that doesn't get along with some of the definitions of feminism. That is because (they say) the character has all the atributes of a man but it is not a man.
Well the problem here is de definition on feminism. I'm no expert but for what I've heard, read and thought I can make some kind of graphic shown what people think feminism is.
First division I make is "feminism as something good/needed or something bad":
-GOOD/NEEDED: I think most people with cold mind think like this. They think feminism is the cultural movement that trys to get back the right place of the woman in the society. It doesn't mean degradating men, or considering them inferior but they show a need of changing the societies minds.
-BAD: I think very few people think like this really but many woman claim this when they get excited or angry. This is the oposite of machism, it is when people say that woman are superior (more clever, better with feelings, better with any work...). This is as bad as machism, because it claims the superiority of a gender and insults the other.
Ok, but I find other divisions for the "good" first division:
-GOOD > EQUALITY: This is the main or most followed signification for feminism. It defends that men and women are equal, must have same rights and oportunities.
-GOOD > DIFERENCES: But some other movement defends that men and woman are very diferent and they focus on their particular habilities.
Now it comes my opinion, I think this second division is really a little stupid, we cannot doubt that there are differences but, what the hell! they aren't so big, are they? I think mostly we all can cook, ride a horse, design a house or drive a racing car. The very diferences are very specific and they are in the margin of normal life, it is shown in sport competitions and so, but in the common life they are (or could be) invisible.
But many times people feel very sensible or insulted with this kind of talk, even now it can happen that I get criticism from writing things about feminism when I AM A MAN! Well I agree that women are for obvious reasons (it is about their own lives) more sensible about this but still I always thought that with some head we all can come to interesting terms.
Just before finishing, about Xena again... I think Xena is a tv series that shows two woman doing what they want and what they do best with a clear and complex ethic discurse. I don't see much of the feminism here, what I clearly find is an individualism: breaking tabus, thinking about ethics, criticing society... It shows how far a human being can go, it doesn't matter the gender (Xena), the place they come from (Gabrielle, from a little village), or their habilities (Joxer the mighty!)
Well this is all but I think that we could use this as an open topic, so if you wana say that I'm completly wrong or completly right or whatever, you are free to share your opinion. I love people responding to my thoughts, it is a good way to grow up more complex ideas. ^^