What kind of a feminist are you? [UPDATED]

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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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