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THE CAMPUS "F" WORD: FEMINIST SELF-IDENTIFICATION (AND NOT) AMONG UNDERGRADUATES

DEBORAH A. ABOWITZ
International Journal of Sociology of the Family
Vol. 34, No. 1 (Spring 2008), pp. 43-63
Published by: International Journals
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23070710
Page Count: 21
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THE CAMPUS "F" WORD: FEMINIST SELF-IDENTIFICATION (AND NOT) AMONG UNDERGRADUATES
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Abstract

Which students (and how many) label themselves "feminist" on American campuses today? Results from a confidential survey administered to a sample of undergraduates at a primarily liberal arts institution demonstrate the persistence of the feminist paradox among Gen Y undergraduates. In general, "feminist" has become the campus "f" word. Despite low levels of self-identification among "third wave" (post- Baby Boom) feminists, we can successfully predict those who do and do not consider themselves feminist by examining key variables, including their concern for women's rights, gender, traditional gender ideology, levels of maternal education and maternal labor force participation. Taken together, the discriminant function constructed correctly classifies 85% or more of sample respondents, with particular differences noted by gender.

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