To the editors:

In his letter (October 22) attacking the discussion in my article (“Right Wing Feminists,” October 1), Frank Palmer seems to be confusing feminism with liberal statism. My dictionary defines feminism as “belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.” It says nothing about being required to buy into a left-wing agenda to claim the title.

After venting his spleen about the temerity of we nonleftist women who dare to call ourselves feminists, Mr. Palmer concludes his letter with “Spare us such “feminism.”‘ Rather, spare us from patronizing men who condescend to tell us who is and isn’t an “actual feminist.”

Bryan Miller