My view of a “common sense feminist” is of someone who believes men and women are fundamentally equal. They both contribute to the greater good, though often utilising completely different skill sets.
It follows on the romantic vision of the `first-wavers’ from one hundred years ago, rather than the more militant post 1960s movement. The former celebrated women’s feminine strengths, and were family-orientated. The latter perpetuated the concept of unisexism and the idea that women should operate like men.
Therefore the philosophical approach of CSF is more consensual with male opinion rather than being directly opposed to it, and seeks mutual respect for gender differences. At the heart of it, however, is a recognition of the many wrongs done to women in the past and the substantial achievements of the political movement of Feminism.
Common sense feminism is about promoting women’s individual needs in a complex, modern society across the full spectrum of life. This viewpoint is ideologically poles apart from the `radical’ view that women are a collective, isolationist sisterhood.