... but don't strive to be like men. Change is good but not when you change who you were meant to be-female.
AMEN for those comment!
I think there are some aspects of life that women will excel in and other aspects that men will excel in. I don't know as much about cars as a man might and because of that I might get taken advantage of by a mechanic or a car salesman. Do I feel particularly offended by this? No. I don't feel like I've ever been held back because I'm a woman but everyone has a role to play in life. Gender doesn't necessarily guide those roles all the time but it can affect them. I just don't think that's really a bad thing.
(Though I'd add that b/c I wouldn't want to let a car salesman/mechanic take advantage of me b/c of how little I know about cars, I might ask my dad/future bf/future husband/an expert in cars to join me if I ever need to buy a car or get mine repaired and then act as assertively as I can during the appointment regardless of whether I'm by myself or w/someone else.)
Now to answer your question, I've never
felt discriminated against for being a woman. In fact, I love being a woman! I love the power it grants me; I love what it allows me to be and do. Like the commenter I quoted stated, there's a role for everybody. I don't need to feel like I could play FB b/c I could care less about it; I'm happy w/guys being left to play FB and do other "manly" things I'm not interested in.
Having said that, then, I don't understand why we put ourselves in a different sphere w/the label of "feminists." I'm not one. That's because I think that by labeling ourselves we're further discriminating ourselves and even advancing others' discrimination against us, which isn't fair. I've never been discriminated against for being a woman b/c I've never let anyone else do that to me. Instead, I let my achievements and everything else I'm about speak for themselves. Am I thankful for all the strides women have made and all the rights we've gained? Sure! But before we were feminists, we were women
above all, plain and simple, and I think that's an important distinction.
I applaud you for wanting to do research in this area, though : ). But remember to also view your argument from others' perspective(s) so it's even deeper and more meaningful. Long live research!