According to the latest quiz meme sweeping the Internets, I’m an 81% feminist:
You Are 81% 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 will say, though, that most of the questions (there are only 10 total) are rather dubious.
1. Women should be economically and socially independent. They shouldn’t rely on men to take care of them.
As a general matter, I strongly agree that women should pursue social and economic independence. Certainly, they shouldn’t rush into marriage in order to have someone “take care of them.” On the other hand, it often makes sense for a married woman to stay home and raise the kids and take care of the household while her husband works. If a woman makes that choice, it should be respected. Since that wasn’t one of the choices, though, I gave that one a “Not sure.”
2. There is no such thing as a “man’s job.” It is wrong for men to be given preference for any job position, even if women traditionally aren’t in that field.
While I 97% agree with this one, I nonetheless answered “Disagree” because of “no such thing” and “any.” Women aren’t suited to be Army Rangers, Navy SEALS, NFL linemen, and a whole host of jobs that require tremendous physical strength, nor should teams be disrupted to find out if there are a tiny handful of exceptions. And, unless it’s an all-female cast, it’s silly to cast women in men’s parts in films and plays.
5. Women should accept their bodies as they are. Women should not have to conform to wacky beauty ideals.
This question is poorly formulated. While I agree fully with the second sentence, it’s only because it’s tautological. Of course, no one should have to conform to “wacky” ideals; I suspect, however, my definition of “wacky” would differ from the survey creator’s. But neither men nor women should “accept their bodies as they are” if they’re fat and out of shape.
6. A woman should be able to marry and have kids with anyone she wants – including another woman.
I actually strongly agree with that one, at least in theory, but it doesn’t have anything to do with “Feminism” but rather my view of the proper role for government. (I’m increasingly dubious as to whether deeming people “married” is a legitimate state function but let that pass for the sake of the quiz.)