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Gender Role and Feminism Revisited: A Follow-Up Study

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In this follow-up to our earlier study (Toller, Suter, & Trautman, Gender role identity and attitudes towards feminism, Sex Roles, 51, 85–90, 2004) we examine the interrelationships among gender role, support for feminism, and willingness to self-label as feminist. Ten percent of college students previously surveyed participated in qualitative interviews, which elicited characterizations of feminists, whether students self-identified as feminist, suggestions for garnering support for feminism, and for interpretation of the initial study’s findings. Students were asked to speculate why we found that highly masculine men and highly feminine women were neither likely to self-identify as feminist nor to support the feminist movement and why more feminine men and more masculine women were found to be more willing to self-label as feminist and more likely to support the feminist movement.

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Suter, E.A., Toller, P.W. Gender Role and Feminism Revisited: A Follow-Up Study. Sex Roles 55, 135–146 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-006-9065-4

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Keywords

  • Gender identity
  • Feminism
  • Masculinity
  • Femininity
  • Labeling