Bella Swan: Decidedly NOT a Feminist

Thank you all for your responses! I’m in the midst of reading and organizing. Everyone who wrote in had really important things to say, and most of it differed quite a bit. I’m really excited to respond in depth to (almost) everything that’s been mentioned a few times.

I currently have 14 responses (feel free to send yours in!). Only 3 are from men. One is from a teenager. gtown girl has apparently gone international! 4 “adults” (a.k.a. not students) were willing to help out.

Here’s a few quick facts about what people seem to be thinking:

Two women said that Stephanie Meyer is NOT a feminist, but another said that Kristen Stewart might be. To quote one Georgetown student: “Oops what would I do without Edward??! I would trip over things…”

Three people specifically said that, in terms of available opportunities, class is a much more important factor than gender or sex. Four other people said that intellectually honest feminists have a responsibility to care about the way class and race (a few mentioned nationality, etc.) affect the opportunities available to us.

Sarah Palin was the most popular not/feminist. People who say that Sarah Palin is a feminist tend to regard feminists as people who do what feminists have driven towards for a century. People who say she is not say that being successful woman in her family life and career is not the only condition for being a feminist.

At least three people say that feminism has alienated those with moderate or conservative political views.

Three people say feminism is no longer really that important.

I got one response from a high school student who was surprised when she realized sexism isn’t confined to “adults.”

Two people said that the experiences of being male or being female are inherently different and should remain that way.

People who responded who are in their 30s or 40s tended to focus on tangible sexism: women getting paid less, women working the “second shift” at home, etc. Those in their teens and twenties barely mentioned anything having to do with money or workload, although a few implied it.

Please feel free to send in your responses to the following questions to mara.hollander@gmail.com

  • What is feminism?
  • Are you a feminist? Why or why not?
  • Pick a famous woman (politician, celebrity, etc.). Is she a feminist?

I’ll have a real response within the next few days, so please send in your answers soon so I can include them!

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    • Eileen
    • June 19th, 2010

    I am so excited to see the results from this survey.

    • Jeremy
    • June 19th, 2010

    Looks really interesting, keep up the good work.

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