What Type of Contemporary Feminism Are You?
In 1964, Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique and made waves across America. Friedan was a leading figure in the second-wave of the women’s movement in the US and her writing changed the way society thought about women.
On the 2018 Ohio Chautauqua tour, Sally Ann Drucker will take the stage as Betty Friedan, providing insight into both second-wave feminism and the story of the woman who is often credited with sparking the movement.
Several different categories of feminist thought have developed since The Feminine Mystique was published. Take this quiz to discover which one fits your personality!
1. How would you choose to make your voice heard?
A. Through political action
B. Through media and journalism
C. By attending protests
D. A, B, and C
E. My voice is heard
2. Which issue needs to be solved first and foremost?
A. The exploitation of nature
B. The focus on issues that face white women at the expense of other narratives
C. An oppressive societal structure
D. Wage inequality
E. None of these are issues in the current society
3. Choose a book:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstien The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
4. Choose a color scheme:
5. What would you put on your protest sign?
A. A picture
B. A call to action
C. None of these
D. Something witty
E. I wouldn’t be at a protest
If you chose mostly A…. Ecofeminism!
Ecofeminism sees women’s domination stemming from ideologies of environmental domination; men exploit women and land. Ecofeminists feel that most women rely on land to feed families, resulting in holistic knowledge of nature; however, women’s knowledge is not recognized by capitalist paradigms. Ecofeminism is criticized for focusing on mystical connections between women and nature, rather than women’s actual conditions.
If you chose mostly B…. Postcolonial Feminism!
Postcolonial feminists argue that much of racial, class, ethnic and women’s oppression comes from previous colonialist policies. They object to non-western women portrayed as passive and western women as empowered. They criticize universalizing the western female experience. Previous oppression, however, may also result in glorifying pre-colonial culture, with its gender inequality. These feminists react against both universalizing western feminism and ignoring gender issues in mainstream postcolonial thought.
If you chose mostly C…. Anarchist Feminism!
Anarchist feminists believe that struggle against patriarchy is part of the struggle against the state. They see anarchism as necessary to feminism and vice-versa. Since anarchism opposes all power relationships, it is inherently feminist.
If you chose mostly D…. Liberal Feminism!
Liberal feminism asserts equality of men and women through political and legal reform, without altering all of society. Liberal feminists are primarily concerned with reproductive and abortion rights, sexual harassment, voting, education, equal pay, affordable child and health care, and fighting sexual and domestic violence.
If you chose mostly E…. Postfeminism!
Postfeminists believe women have achieved their goals; feminism is no longer relevant and ideas separating rather than uniting the sexes are not feminist. The postfeminist movement arose as a form of backlash, reacting against contradictions in second-wave and third-wave feminism