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.