Sex Roles

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 183-188

First online:

Feminists and traditionalists: An attitudinal comparison

  • M. Dwayne SmithAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology, Tulane University
  • , George D. SelfAffiliated withNear East Bureau, Agency for International Development

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Comparisons are made between self-identified feminists and traditionalists on an attitudinal inventory scale. Feminists are found to display a more consistent sex-role ideology as measured by inter-item consistency. Traditionalists believe in labor and political equality, but differ from feminists in regard to relations with men and notions of domestic roles. The findings suggest that a more consistent sex-role ideology among women should occur with increased feminist identification. However, stereotypes and misunderstandings concerning feminism may prevent this development among many women.