What kind of a feminist are you? [UPDATED]

UPDATE: Sorry, the comments were closed; they are now open.

Click here to take an interactive test, a version of the Feminist Perspectives Scale, that measures your feminist and gender attitudes.

Share with us in the comments how you did.

My highest score was for Liberal Feminist at 34 points.

As I had no idea what a liberal feminist was, I found the following definitions for the different types of feminism so that once you are labelled you can understand what your label means.

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Liberal feminism is an individualistic form of feminist theory, which focuses on women’s ability to maintain their equality through their own actions and choices. Liberal feminists argue that society holds the false belief that women are, by nature, less intellectually and physically capable than men; thus it tends to discriminate against women in the academy, the forum, and the marketplace. Liberal feminists believe that “female subordination is rooted in a set of customary and legal constraints that blocks women’s entrance to and success in the so-called public world”. They strive for sexual equality via political and legal reform.

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Cultural feminism developed from radical feminism, although they hold many opposing views. It is an ideology of a “female nature” or “female essence” that attempts to revalidate what cultural feminists consider undervalued female attributes. It is also a theory that commends the difference of women from men

-wiki


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Socialist (Marxist) Feminism

This theory recognizes that in addition to gender discrimination, there are many other social venues for discrimination, such as race, class, education, sexual orientation and economics. And they believe that each category of discrimination compounds a woman’s experience of gender discrimination. So for example a poor, uneducated black American woman would be three times more disadvantaged than a wealthy, educated white American woman. So the Socialist Feminist perspective is that for there to be total gender equity all forms of discrimination in society will have to be simultaneously addressed.


Radical Feminism

It believes that a dominating patriarchy is the primary form of female oppression in society, regardless of class, color and economics. The control that men have had over women is largely through brute, physical force. The focus of Radical Feminists is largely on the violence that women suffer, and their social subjugation through violent behavior inflicted by men. And they believe that this is what keeps women oppressed whether they are rich or poor, black or white, educated or illiterate. The focus of Radical feminism is therefore on fighting gender related violence.


Womanism (Woman of Color Feminism)

This is the feminist movement of the women of color. It started in the U.S. and includes black, Hispanic and Asian-American women. Womanists believe that is it not men who are their primary oppressors but a white, racist society. And that men of color suffer from this racial and related class discrimination, just as much as they do as women. They do recognize the oppression of colored women by colored men, but they believe that this is a result of the indignity the colored man suffers. So the focus of the Womanist movement has been on joining hands with their colored brothers to fight for racial equality.


Anarcha-Feminism (Anarchist Feminism)

This theory believes that the domination of the patriarchy is the inadvertent result of a larger societal thinking that fosters a hierarchical set-up of society. So the focus of Anarcha-feminists is the fight against the state and the dismantling of a hierarchical governance, for that they believe is the only road to equality of genders and all other social stratas.


EcoFeminism

Ecofeminists believe that it is the patriarchal system that causes the oppression of both women and the environment. This involves ‘ownership,’ ruthless destruction and exploitation for men’s own profit and pleasure. Ecofeminists argue that men in power are able to take advantage of both women and the environment because they see them passive and helpless. Some ecofeminists also argue that besides a common history of exploitation by men, women and the environment also share a deep connectivity because of their common capacity to produce, nurture and sustain. So ecofeminists believe that to end gender injustice, it is important to protect and honor the earth and its environment.


Post-Colonial Feminism (Third World Feminism)

This form of feminism emerged in third world countries that had earlier been colonized by European countries. These feminists are of the opinion that the racial and economic oppression their countries were subjected to as colonies is what marginalized women in the postcolonial societies. They generally reject Radical and Liberal Feminism, and do not accept the notion that the traditional patriarchy in their respective countries are the main cause for women’s oppression. Postcolonial feminists have objected to western standards of modernization and empowerment of women in their countries and believe that they have to work for gender equality within the logic of their own cultural models.


Post-Modern Feminism (French Feminism)

The fundamental argument of this branch of feminism is that there is not one unique, absolute definition for gender – neither biologically nor socially but that gender is a variant constructed through language. They believe that a dualistic vision of gender creates a constrictive dichotomy which in itself becomes restrictive of women. Post-modern feminist Judith Butler argues “woman” is a questionable category, because it involves much more – class, race, sexuality, and other aspects of individualism – all of which in some ways define each woman independently. She states that therefore “gender” is a “performative” word. Thus the contention of postmodern feminists is that there is no single basis for women’s subordination and no single method of dealing with the issue

-wikigender.org

 


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  • Bluemanning

    Liberal feminist 36 points.

  • Annie218

    Liberal feminist – 45 points

  • Liberal Feminist 43. Recently I met a woman who declared herself a Post Colonial Feminist, which I later had to google to learn what that was. This is a much clearer explanation than what I found, thanks. Personally I think Camille Paglia is pretty spot on, I love her Youtube stuff. Christine Hoff Summers is great too, although I find she’s quite repetitive. And of course Milo Y, he’s my kinda gal.

  • Mikex

    Do you have one for what type of masculinist ? yeh! I know, most people don’t even know what that is……

    • AF

      That would be a meninist, or even better, a humanist. Equal rights for all humans.

  • Gaynor

    Liberal Feminist 44

  • ex-JAFA

    Liberal feminist 34 points.

    I thought the questions were very biased towards suggesting – or outright declaring – that a number of hurtyfeelings problems exist. The writers are very clearly extremely sexist and racist.

  • NahYeah

    I was looking for a definition of feminism that involved being accountable for your own actions, rather than just adopting a “victim mentality”. Nope, none of those do that, they all involve being the helpless victim of oppression..

  • Nige.

    “Making women economically dependent on men is capitalism’s subtle way of encouraging heterosexual relationships.”

    “Rape is a tool”

    Sheesh. What kind of dark little room do these people sit in to come up with these odd questions?

    • ex-JAFA

      Yes, it was hard to tell which evil they were gunning for in some questions. Men, capitalism, whitey, democracy??

    • LesleyNZ

      EXACTLY! Thought the same. They sure do have a few “chips” on their shoulders.

  • Damon Mudgway

    Liberal feminist at 46 points. Don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but it would seem to reflect my view that men and women are the same but different.

  • Eiselmann

    34 as a Conservative followed by 27 for liberal feminist there was quite a gap to the rest.

  • NahYeah

    So many definitions to choose from:

  • Mark

    PerspectiveScore

    Liberal feminist37
    Cultural feminist26
    Women of Color26
    Radical feminist24
    Socialist feminist21
    Conservative19

  • oldmanNZ

    Conservative, 22.

    Most of my answer were disagree?

    Odd questions…

  • LesleyNZ

    No surprises here – Conservative. 32 Guess I am not a feminist. Most of the questions I disagreed with. Whoever wrote these questions must have real problems with men! I wonder what Maggie Thatcher would have scored and what kind of feminist she would be classified as? She is the best example of a feminist I can think of. I agreed to them using my score. Got to have some balance in their research.

  • RockinBob625

    Liberal feminist 43. The questions were strongly suggestive, but that’s what these surveys need. If you disagree with the statement then say so. The survey would have been written by anyone keen to get some strong responses, positive and negative.

  • Boondecker

    I think Gavin McInnes clarifies points well on the issue whether something is feminist or sexist in this clip…

  • D.Dave

    I got Cultural feminism, with a score of 35. I am in touch with my feminine side. Not bad for a broken down farmer/shearer. But, does it mean I have to hand in my man card??

  • gander

    Perspective Score
    Liberal feminist 26
    Conservative 19
    Women of Color 16
    Radical feminist 13
    Socialist feminist 12
    Cultural feminist 11
    The Feminist Perspectives Scale differentiates between a generic brand of non-feminism (conservative perspetive) and six types of feminism. Your calculated score are at the right, although you should only take these scores as a guide. Only you can truly decide what idealogy you follow.

    This seems like a “Kuder” test, if my memory of first year university psychology from >40 years ago is accurate. That is, anyone who wants to game the test will find it very easy to do so. I couldn’t be arsed. I suppose that’s a violent sexist remark, too.

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