While traditional religions are on the decline in the developed world, people still have that urge to suspend rational thought and let dogma do the thinking for them. Feminism has replaced religion in filling that urge for many liberal Westerners. Without the proponents of feminism even realizing it, their ideology has morphed into a religion with all the same elements as Dark Age Catholicism but under different names.
Every religion needs some sort of struggle with an adversary who is responsible for everything wrong with the world and that needs to be overcome. In Christianity and Islam, Satan fills this role. In feminism, the devil goes by another name: The Patriarchy, an imaginary cabal of wealthy white males who are conspiring to keep down women and people of color. The patriarchy is no more real than the devil, but you will still hear it being blamed by feminists for all the world's ills.
In Catholicism, there is the doctrine of "Original Sin" which states that all humans, however virtuous, are always tainted by the actions of Adam and Eve in Eden where they disobeyed God. Character and deeds are irrelevant, you are human therefore you are tainted and guilty from birth and only the faith can save you. In feminism, this concept exists as "Privilege" where instead of being applied universally it is applied in racist and sexist ways, with white heterosexual males having the most "privilege" and other demographics having less.
Controlling the Narrative
In most religions, anything that goes against the tenets of the faith, whether it is some random person's opinion or the results of scientific studies, is called heresy. Heresy is to be stamped out by inquisitions and those responsible for it are called heretics and are to be punished for not conforming to the narrative. Galileo Galilei spend the rest of his life under house arrest because his discovery that the sun was at the center of the solar system was considered heresy by the church. In the cult of feminism, they call it "hate speech" and it is treated in exactly the same way. They don't limit "hate speech" to its traditional definition of blatant racism; anything that contradicts the tenets of modern feminism, however slightly, is now automatically "hate speech" as much as any speech given by Adolf Hitler. Scientists who publish papers who results suggest that there is any difference between men and women or people of different ethnicities are called bigots and their research is rejected by the cucked academic establishment regardless of the methodology with which their studies were conducted.
Feminism is a cult that is destroying society. You cannot reason with the members of the cult anymore than you can reason with the soldiers of ISIS or Boko Haram. Instead they are either to be mocked, fought, or ignored.