Romance writers do what they love, and they get paid for it. They hone their craft, like any other writer. They value their work, and they speak with an honest voice, telling the stories that they want to tell. I can’t imagine anything more feminist.
I know a lot of romance writers, and they are amazing, hard-working people who are serious about their craft. They are also serious about having fun! Before you turn your nose up at romance writers and romance writing, get to know some of the people who work in this demanding field. It covers nearly every other genre there is—mystery, horror, western, science fiction, historical (and just about every historical period), paranormal (and all of those subgenres), thriller, fantasy (all kinds). Romance has come a long way from what my mother’s generation read!