Shocking

Or, as Tracey says, “Well, that’s a relief. Thanks, Blogthings.”

You Are 100% 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.
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  1. Arkades

    100% for me, too. I can’t really understand why anyone wouldn’t strongly agree with every single item on that quiz, though I know there are plenty of folks out there who haven’t caught on yet. Sigh.

    It might have been a more interesting format and nuanced for the quiz if they had instead had a bunch of questions about how much certain behaviors should be encouraged for and had a 1-10 ranking, and to scramble the question order around a bit so that it wouldn’t be as obvious to see if people claim to be for full equality actually give fully equal ratings to the propositions each time. But I guess that wouldn’t be as user-friendly as the quickie meme test.

  2. Melissa McEwan

    I can’t really understand why anyone wouldn’t strongly agree with every single item on that quiz

    I know, right? LOL!

  3. I can’t really understand why anyone wouldn’t strongly agree with every single item on that quiz

    Sameee Samee. The stone age died out some time ago according to my archeologist friends. (But then they mostly believe in evolution so who listens to them.)

  4. SAP

    Just for fun, I selected the opposite of every answer I wanted to choose just to see the results.

    The picture used for anti-feminists alone was worth it. I’ll post it on my blog.

  5. nightshift66

    Well, some of the questions were very absolute. “A woman should NEVER rely on men to take care of them?” I get the thrust of the question, I think. And it is never a good idea to depend on anyone; people can be relied upon only to disappoint you. BUT, it makes no allowance for age, infirmity, or simple agreement between the two people.

    Similarly, ‘men’s jobs’ question. I agree that anyone who can physically perform the legitimate job requirements shouldn’t be prohibited from having that job. But that wasn’t what the question asked.

    Look, even I scored a 96% on the thing, but there’s no question that, as Arkades suggests, this was a push poll rather than an attempt to actually evaluate anyone’s opinion.

  6. I, too, am a hunnerd percenter! And I agree with Arkades that the test was simplistic, but then, most of the Blogthings tests are (doesn’t keep me from “wasting” a few moments taking them, though). Is there a more nuanced test/quiz/questionnaire anywhere out there?

  7. Doktor Wankenstein

    I came up at 93% — I waffled as “not sure” on women paying for dates.

    Probably a holdover from my old dating days, when it was unconsidered uncool to go “dutch”, although back then I would have preferred it, since I was broke most of the time (and the Missus married me anyway). 🙂

    I was very strong on equal educational opportunities for women — years ago, I learned that while she was in high school, my mother had wanted to be an architect, but was discouraged from pursuing it. 😦

  8. mamajane

    Can I get a resounding “DUH!”

    Yet another 100%er.

  9. what kind of asshole wouldn’t 100% agree with those questions? as far as the whole complicated for the world to put into action i would say that apache culture has been feminist for as long as there is collective memory. our lineage is kept through the women (which the spanish and the americans took as a sign of sexual depravity “the only thing they can be certain of is who the mother was”) as is property and inheritance. there is a long history of apache women who have held positions of great honor and esteem, including war leaders. the “complications” are all around bullshit. there are a great many hypocritical motherfuckers out there who are all for “equality” as long as it doesn’t involve letting go of their privilege.

  10. DBK

    100% yes. Too easy. They shouldn’t be that easy.

  11. I can’t really understand why anyone wouldn’t strongly agree with every single item on that quiz

    Same here.

  12. Lizard

    Yeah, it was worth it to see myself and my fellow 100-percenters represented by the Intellectual Foxy Boxing photo.

  13. Betsy

    LOL, I love the pic they use for 100% feminist. And hey, of course it was stacked, but I just enjoy seeing *something* in pop culture that’s biased *toward* feminism, rather than away from it.

  14. jon

    I don’t see how being for or against gay marriage makes one a feminist. Same thing for abortion rights. I got 100% on the quiz too, but those questions just don’t belong there.

  15. cyrki

    Yo, Lissa,
    you had to take a test to see where you fell on the feminist scale?

    Please! I thought you were confident in your womanhood.

  16. Kym

    I don’t understand why anyone would say that birth control question doesn’t belong (I believe that’s what jon meant by the “abortion rights” question). My fiance asked me the same thing, and I just didn’t get why it wasn’t obvious that it belonged.

  17. jon

    I am talking about religious beliefs. I know plenty of people that aren’t feminists that are in favor of abortion for practical reasons and people that are feminist who oppose abortion over religious/moral reasons.

    I consider birth control to be privacy issue, for both men and women. The government doesn’t have any right to tell me what I can do in my bedroom with a consenting adult(s).

  18. nightshift66

    jon,
    I would suggest that very few issues are only one thing or another. BC is certainly a feminist issue, giving women control over their own reproductive functions. It’s also (to some) religious, demographic, budgetary (who’ll pay for all that healthcare, after all), and so forth. I didn’t see any question on the poll that didn’t ‘belong’ in the sense of not having an impact on women’s equality or empowerment.

    Not sure why MB decided I’m an asshole today, but OK, I’ll go with it. My reservations are all about the absolute, judgmental quality of some of the questions, not about some ‘privilege.’ For instance, I don’t think it is wise for anyone to be ‘dependent’ on anyone else, but neither do I have the temerity to tell other fully grown adults how to live their lives. So my opinion about the advisability of the act is different from my opinion about who should make that decision.

    According to the rhetoric, feminism is about having choices, not about telling women what they ought to do with their lives. But when the question is framed as an absolute “Thou shalt,” it is no different to me from a fundy saying “Thou shalt not.”

  19. Melissa McEwan

    you had to take a test to see where you fell on the feminist scale?

    Please! I thought you were confident in your womanhood.

    Is this a serious comment?

  20. Lizard

    I consider birth control to be privacy issue, for both men and women.

    It’s a privacy issue with a disproportionate impact (financial, biological, and social) upon women.

    As for the implication that there should be a religious exemption from supporting and upholding feminist principles: Lots of religions say lots of things about lots of issues. If you happen to subscribe to doctrines that deny or obstruct the basic rights of women, then you don’t get to call yourself a feminist, and you don’t get to put the Foxy Boxing picture on your blog. Pretty simple, right?

  21. Oh, man. I didn’t think it would be that easy. After every single question I said to myself, “Well, yes!

    I’ma go play some video games now.

  22. Nineteen Kilo

    I gotta’ say I think this stuff is bunk. Sure I got a 98% feminist rating, but so what? The questions are so obvious that James Dobson could get the same rating. Better questions would be something like Agree/Disagree:

    1. In a medical emergency, the fetus is more valuable than the mother.

    2. Rape jokes are funny.

    3. Attractive women without male escorts are “asking for it.”

    4. It is possible for a man to be a feminist.

    5. Everybody pays for sex one way or another.

  23. i took it again just to see the picture of a stepford wife.
    reminded me of june clever!

  24. Don’t worry too much, nightshift — I only scored a 95% (and you know what a crazed feminazi I am 🙂 ) because I answered “Not sure” to the first question:

    “Women should be economically and socially independent. They shouldn’t rely on men to take care of them.”

    To me, these are two different questions. I live in an intentional community — I am NOT economically and socially independent — I am (happily) economically and socially inter-dependent — some of that interdependence is with men.

    And, just for the sake of stirring the shite — I can think of at least one “man’s job” — professional sperm donor. 🙂

    Anyone? Anyone?

  25. don’t forget jar opener. that’s a great man’s job, especially if you play strings and got them there fingers of death.

    nightshift, hell, we decide about assholes all the time. tart says that about me often (libertarian=asshole/fiscal conservative=asshole/) and i giggle, say “yep you’re probably right” and go about my asshole way.

  26. Grendel72

    I can’t really understand why anyone wouldn’t strongly agree with every single item on that quiz
    ^Truth.

  27. nightshift66

    MB,
    Well, as long as it’s not personal, that’s cool. 🙂

    PortlyDyke,
    That was rather my point, that the choices we were offered weren’t very complete. The intended ‘correct’ feminist answer was perfectly obvious, but I’m not convinced on the first 2 questions that the intended response is the best feminist response. You wouldn’t want someone telling you to change your chosen lifestyle, I’m sure. I would not dream of telling you my opinion of your choices (unless you both requested my opinion on the matter AND I concluded it wasn’t best for you). But ‘never’ and ‘always’ seem to me to be anti-choice, anti-options, and thus cannot be ‘feminist’ as I understand the term.

    And yes, I’m still a stuffy old pedant, thanks for asking!

  28. Edo

    Just for fun, I selected the opposite of every answer I wanted to choose just to see the results.

    The picture used for anti-feminists alone was worth it. I’ll post it on my blog.

    That picture is scary…I decided to take the “not sure” path to see where it lands. That picture is also bizarre. What an odd selection of images (my first thought was that the Strongly Disagree path would have ended in Dr. Dobson).

  29. 100% for me, too. I can’t really understand why anyone wouldn’t strongly agree with every single item on that quiz, though I know there are plenty of folks out there who haven’t caught on yet. Sigh.

    Got a bit knocked off for only agreeing to the “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.”

    As it is written it’s a bit ambigious – there are jobs men in general do better than women in general (such as anything requiring grunt muscle, like firefighting), although this isn’t a matter of preference – if a female can compete to the same standards as that set for males, she should have an equal right to get the job.

    On the plus side, I suspect that women would make better fighter pilots in general, if not for cultural prejudice.

  30. ballgame

    OK, I only got a 91% *hangs head in shame*, but at least I have ‘official’ confirmation that I’m a total feminist.

    I admit the one-sided nature of the questions had me rolling my eyes at points and dampened my enthusiastic agreement a tad. I answered “Not Sure” to…

    Women should accept their bodies as they are. Women should not have to conform to wacky beauty ideals.

    …because of the idiocy of the implied notion that men don’t have to conform to wacky ideals (physical and otherwise). As a hippie sympathizer, I certainly think we should be less judgmental of each other, but it isn’t at all clear to me that this is an issue of ‘sexism’ as much as it is an issue of the insidiousness of ‘glamor culture’ in late capitalism.

    And while the majority of Shakesvillians no doubt agree with …

    There is no such thing as a “woman’s job.” It is wrong for women to be given preference for any job position, even if men traditionally aren’t in that field.

    …the reality is that there are a lot of Americans who get squicked out at the notion of men in child care positions.

    In both cases it would have been pleasantly refreshing to have been presented with a version of feminism in which those questions were gender neutral (“People should accept their bodies as they are.” etc.)

  31. Thanks for the link, Melissa! I didn’t write anything about it, but yeah. The questions were definitely no-brainers. Seems like the Blogthings test is a decent tool for showing how you basically just have to believe in the equality of the sexes to be a feminist, but it would be kinda cool if there were some more tests out there like this that are a little more advanced. Maybe a “What kind of feminist are you?” type test, or something.

    The only thing that bugged me about that particular test is that all the of results show pictures of pretty white women. The lack of diversity seems pretty un-feminist to me.

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  33. Winchell

    I got 78%. The thing still considers me a feminist though.

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