|You Are 64% Feminist|
You are certainly a feminist - whether you know it or not.
You believe in gender equality, at least most of the time. You also believe there are a few exceptions.
Wellllllll . . . I dunno. I don't think I support gender equality as much as I support, say, gender blindness. What I mean by that is if you have a job and the merits of the candidate for it does not rely on gender (and let's face it, sometimes it does), then pick the most qualified person and get on with it!
But, even that is not complete. Sometimes the job requires a male over a female, or a female over a male. I have to make a court appearance next week for the boss, and while two of the male attorneys in the office are available and capable, the client feels more comfortable with a female. So I'm going. That's not feminism, that's just common sense.
If the position is for a firefighter and that means the person has to be able to heft a 200-lb person to save their life and carry them down a ladder, and the female candidate just simply does not have the physical capacity for that, you don't lower the standards for the job, but instead hire the male. That's not sexism, that's just common sense.
In my lifetime - relatively short as it has only been going on 46 years - I have found myself in jobs that are in "male dominated" fields - the military, IT consulting, and the law.If I came across a "good old boys" club, I worked around it and if I couldn't do that, then I looked around elsewhere for opportunity because sometimes crap happens. Most of the time, though - I got judged by my results, and whether I got them while wearing pumps-n-pantyhose was meaningless.
So, no, I don't consider myself a feminist. I'm just out there to do the best job I can, while recognizing that there are factors and variables I can't change, and so it's me who has to adapt if I want to succeed.
Hat tip to Tony at the Catholic Pillow Fight for this poll.