Sex Roles

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 183–188 | Cite as

Feminists and traditionalists: An attitudinal comparison

  • M. Dwayne Smith
  • George D. Self


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.


Social Psychology Inventory Scale Political Equality Domestic Role Feminist Identification 
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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

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