Sex Roles

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 183–188

Feminists and traditionalists: An attitudinal comparison

  • M. Dwayne Smith
  • George D. Self

DOI: 10.1007/BF00287804

Cite this article as:
Smith, M.D. & Self, G.D. Sex Roles (1981) 7: 183. doi:10.1007/BF00287804


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.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Dwayne Smith
    • 1
  • George D. Self
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyTulane UniversityNew Orleans
  2. 2.Near East Bureau, Agency for International DevelopmentUSA