Because I have just had a lengthy conversation with someone insisting that humanism and feminism are the same thing, I have decided to post this. I even got them to acknowledge that it is not up to them how individuals chose to identify themselves (not that he stopped. Rude). He did that annoying thing that the A+ers do: assume that disagreement=ignorance (really, don’t do that. It’s rude too). The response was a dismissal of contradictory definition of feminism as wishful thinking, while applying a completely aberrated definition to humanism. In order to clear this up, as he somewhat precipitously left the conversation as soon as I posted the real definition (rude). The actual definitions are below, and he hopefully can see for himself that ‘Feminism’ is not a redundant term and nor is ‘humanism’ an equivalent. An example of what I just came up against can be found at http://redcelt.net/blog/?p=161
Definition of humanism 
noun [mass noun]
- a rationalist outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters.
- (often Humanism) a Renaissance cultural movement which turned away from medieval scholasticism and revived interest in ancient Greek and Roman thought.
- (among some contemporary writers) a system of thought criticized as being centred on the notion of the rational, autonomous self and ignoring the conditioned nature of the individual.
noun & adjective
So there we have it. Nothing to do with equality and nothing to do with gender. Humanism is an outlook derived from non supernatural reasoning. That is all. Whereas…
Definition of feminism 
The issue of rights for women first became prominent during the French and American revolutions in the late 18th century. In Britain it was not until the emergence of the suffragette movement in the late 19th century that there was significant political change. A ‘second wave’ of feminism arose in the 1960s, with an emphasis on unity and sisterhood; seminal figures included Betty Friedan and Germaine Greer
And again this is simply term to denote equal rights to women, not more rights, not special treatment, and nothing to do with rejection of supernatural explanations.
- The two are not the same and they are not interchangeable.
- Misunderstanding of one does not render the other redundant.
- If you are going to insist on accuracy, at least make sure you understand the definitions of the words you are quibbling over.
- Definition of humanism in Oxford Dictionaries British & World English.