This is What a Feminist Looks Like

Reading the mommy blogs that I often read (blogs that tend to be written by moms, but a diverse group of moms — natural parenting types, Christians, frugal moms, and homeschoolers) I’ve come across several different views on feminism — some who outright reject feminism, which I don’t quite understand. I mean, they are women, expressing opinions. Doesn’t that make them feminists? I researched a bit and found that there are many forms of feminism today. The first wave of feminism dates to Suffrage. Then the second wave in the sixties, a la Gloria Steinem, rubbed many the wrong way. Now feminism is quite divided, with third-wave feminists, post modern feminists, these opinionated women who claim they are against feminism, all wanting different things. It’s nice to have options, though, isn’t it. Thanks to those first-wavers and second-wavers, we have a lot more choices than we used to. We can work, or we can stay home. Whatever we choose, we do have a choice.

My favorite professor at A&M once asked our class (a women’s study class in anthropology) to raise our hands if we were a feminist. I couldn’t believe not every one raised her hand! My professor talked about that being the case year after year, but the mere fact that we were women attending college made us feminists.

I once had a shirt that said “This is what a feminist looks like” on the front, so I was intrigued to see this quiz about the history of feminism on another blog today. I scored nine out of ten (missing the Supreme Court question.)

That got me wondering more about the different types of feminism today (and wondering why we have to be so divisive about everything today…but that’s a blog post for another day.) I found this quiz, What type of feminist are you? I am a Marxist feminist, according to this quiz.

Let me know how you do on the history quiz, and share which type of feminist you are.

8 thoughts on “This is What a Feminist Looks Like

  1. 6/10 which is embarrassing, yes. And Gender-Liberal, which isn’t surprising. I “specialized” in feminist psychology in college. I had tons of “psychology of women,” “sociology of gender roles,” and so on classes. It is an area where I am quite opinionated!

    I loved your blog. I don’t understand women who exercise these rights that others have suffered and died for and then denounce feminists, too. I’ve never understood it. But, hey, if they’re so against it, then they really ought to volunteer to give up some of those rights–like the right to vote, for example! Can you imagine what would happen if all the anti-feminists decided it was really very hypocritical of them to vote? We’d have a Dem in the office all the time!

  2. I was shocked to earn 8/10 (horrible w/ history)

    I scored mostly (66%)as Abolitionist type of feminist. “This means that you feel the best way to destroy patriarchal oppression is to rid ourselves of misguided gender roles, and instead live in a society that does not make such marked assumptions about gender differences. The Gender Abolitionist is culturally radical, but rather conservative when it comes to sexual liberation and politics.”

    That does fit me 🙂 I actually received a Dr. Laura (whom I hate) book and it discussed being a feminist and it actually made sense to a degree that I was embarrassed for agreeing with Dr. Laura. But to me being a feminist is about defining what you want and getting it–I am a stay at home mom and love it –I still support all women getting the corner office and CEO after their name. I so grateful for all the women who fight the fight because I can have it all if I want 🙂

  3. I scored pretty close to Deb.

    I used to think I believed in feminist causes in college, and even took a feminist history class. I was attracted to the philosophy initially because I wanted women to be empowered, and just by the name assumed that was the goal. But the more I got into the cause, the more I realized it’s goals were different. The actual goals seemed to make women into victims.

    Has society wronged women? Of course. Are things unfair? Yes. Does victimizing people solve anything? No!

    People like Meg Whitman, Lucile Ball, Carly Fiorina, Hillary Clinton, Sandra Day O’Connor and countless others are what will bring justice to women. They all probably had reasons to feel like victims, but they went out and grabbed what they wanted. They came into a man’s world and made it into their own.

    So, I reject feminism in favor of female empowerment.

  4. –Rich, I agree. But I’d consider female empowerment to be feminism. 🙂

    Yeah. Back in the day when I was studying this stuff seriously (but conveniently forgetting names and dates, which is my wont), we, as a class, defined feminism as believing that men and women should be treated equally. Period. That while people may subscribe to inborn gender differences (which is a controversial topic in itself, the whole nurture vs nature role), whatever the outcome, men and women deserve the same value in society, same pay for equal work, same opportunities for advancement and education, and so on. Abilities should be assessed on an individual basis, rather than because of gender. There should not be advantages or disadvantages prescribed to people because of their gender. Pretty basic and unoffending definition. So, if you believe that women are of equal value to men, and that women deserve the same rights as men, then you’re a feminist.

  5. OK, I guess its just how we define it, and it sounds like I might be on the same page as y’all. We want equality. Period.

    But the difference to me is what we do when that equality doesn’t actually happen.

    Do we sulk?
    Do we sue?
    Do we shake it off, and get back in the game?

    I feel the first two attitudes victimize, and the third attitude empowers. Just my $.02 though

  6. Well, sulking is often just a first stage of acknowledging that you’ve been wronged. Being wronged hurts and sometimes you need to tend to that before you take any action.

    Suing, well, that can be a big step towards empowerment. Suing against discrimination hurts some folks in places it matters–their pride and their pocketbook.

    Discrimination IS victimization. People are victims of discrimination–race, gender, disabilities, age, and so on. You can’t fight it until everyone realizes that what has been happening is wrong. Does that make sense?

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