Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Are You A Feminist?

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You Are 93% Feminist

You are a total feminist. This doesn’t mean you’re a man hater (in fact, you may be a man).
You just think that men and women should be treated equally. It’s a simple idea but somehow complicated for the world to put into action.

I guess this result is not surprising, eh? I also assume that you are going to fit into the “feminist” category as well, since you are reading this blog.


  1. #1 DrMaybe
    August 31, 2007

    Uh… as a bloke who couldn’t find anything there to disagree with even in the slightest, I have to ask perhaps a rude question – how come you didn’t get 100%?

  2. #2 jeffk
    August 31, 2007

    I found one statement I wasn’t 100% in agreement with: “Women should accept their bodies as they are. Women should not have to conform to wacky beauty ideals.”

    Now, I don’t know exactly what is meant by “wacky” ideals, but I’ve found too often that this is an excuse to accept oneself at an unhealthy weight. This goes for men and women. Also, in discussions with feminists (and I consider myself one), there’s often this expectation that a woman’s physical attractiveness should play no part in how attractive men find her – or at the least, that mens’ tastes should be evenly distributed in a way that reflects the women that are available. I find this fairly bogus and unfounded.

    So that’s why I got 93%.

  3. #3 Rex
    August 31, 2007

    I’m a caucasian male, 60 years old. I declare myself a militant feminist. Yet, at the same time, my “domestic partner”, a woman, and I have a relationship based on the principles of “Taken in Hand” Incongruous? Not really. It works for us.

    I’m for all the principles cited at the referenced poll.

  4. #4 The Ridger
    August 31, 2007

    I think the key is “wacky” – as in, shave all the hair on your body except your head (face not included!), or lace up into a 15″ waist, or have giant breasts.

    That’s why I got 100%

  5. #5 "GrrlScientist"
    August 31, 2007

    the response that got me a 93% was my “not sure” answer to this question; men should accept their bodies as they are. Women should not have to conform to wacky beauty ideals.

    “wacky”? what’s that? thus, my “not sure”.

  6. #6 Drat
    August 31, 2007

    Me, 80%. Why? Because there are few things I very strongly agree with, as a matter of caution. I ended up ‘Agree’ on everything and got 80%, so we can guess how this is scored.

    I believe momentum is conserved, for example, but they didn’t ask, and there wasn’t a radio button for Totally Agree.

  7. #7 MarkH
    August 31, 2007

    yeah I got 93 and answered the same way on that one. A strange question. And I think men have their own societal expectations of how to look, behave, act, etc., in a wacky way. Neither sex is free of conformist expectations.

  8. #8 JPS
    August 31, 2007

    I think these surveys are interesting, but they always seem to be oriented to women. By the way I scored 100% feminist.

  9. #9 DrMaybe
    September 2, 2007

    Ah, I see – I saw the “wacky beauty ideals” and thought of the shaving/plucking/can’t get too many muscles/have to wear those stupid shoes that damage their feet/look like a stick insect issues.

    I can’t think of much I’m expected to do by society to make myself look good that I actually think of as wacky – I find a beard to be an inconvenience, I prefer to be clean, and I enjoy exercise. That clean-shaven, well-scrubbed (moderately) athletic men are in general deemed to be more attractive than bearded, pot bellied men who smell like a goat is just a beneficial coincidence to me. I suppose there is also the pressure to have eye surgery or contacts so you’re not wearing glasses, but I just ignore that.

    If it was phrased as “fat is a feminist issue” then I’d have disagreed to an extent – beyond (and below) a certain level it’s clearly a health issue. But I didn’t think of that at the time.

  10. #10 Nancyjane
    September 2, 2007

    I got 89% feminist. Not bad!

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