What do Americans think of feminism?

I’ve been thinking a lot about feminism lately, especially because of some interesting takes at the recent political science conference and because I plan to do some upcoming research on the matter.  I think one of the most interesting things about feminism is how it means so many different things to different people.  As I might have mentioned before, among my favorite paper assignments is this for my Gender & Politics class:

Informally discuss the meaning of feminism with at least five people. Make sure to ask them if they are a feminist, why or why not, and what do they think of when they hear the term. How did people respond? Why do you think that people reacted as they did? What did these conversations help you learn about perceptions and reality of feminism in America?

You get people clearly committed to women’s equality who won’t admit to being a feminist where others will say, “sure I am a feminist; women should have equal rights, but they should also understand their role in the home” or something like that.

Anyway, somehow I had missed that way back in January 2016, the Post and Kaiser did a joint poll on Feminism in America.  I’m definitely going to be looking more at this.  For now, here’s some of their more interesting charts:

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

2 Responses to What do Americans think of feminism?

  1. Nicole K. says:

    I’m a feminist if the term means that I believe women should have the same rights and respect that are given to men.

    If feminism is what gender feminists say it is, that all gender differences s are social constructs perpetrated by men in order to maintain dominance over women, then I’m definitely not on board with that. I know from a year of transgender hormone therapy that testosterone and estrogen have a definite impact on personality, emotions, and self concept / worldview. I literally think and relate to the world differently now compared to how I did before testosterone was suppressed and replaced with estradiol. So to say that hormones and genetics play no role in how we think and function as human beings is just not true.

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