Feminist Political Theory
Feminist Political Theory

Feminist Political Theory

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This question pack looks at the evolution of feminist political theory from first-wave feminism all the way to the present day.

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Feminist Political Theory 1

According to modern media advertising archetypes, which of the following best represents the difference between men and women?

A

Men are naturally strong, ambitious, and like to sexually dominate women. Women are naturally weaker, more passive, and naturally prefer to be sexually dominated by men.

B

Women are smarter and more emotional than men.

C

Men are smarter and more emotional than women.

D

Men and women have little in common in their desires for political and economic success.

E

None of the above

Feminist Political Theory 2

According to the feminist editors, writers, and bloggers represented on the “Ms. Magazine at 40: The Future of Feminism” panel, which of the following is the most representative of public attitudes towards feminism over the last several decades?

A

It is increasingly hard for feminists to find support among the public.

B

There are fewer outlets for feminist beliefs and actions because of lack of public interest.

C

More of the public believes in equal rights and opportunities for women, even if they don’t identify as feminists or explicitly support feminist causes.

D

The public believes that feminism has done more harm than good over the last several decades.

E

The public believes that feminists of older and younger generations do not support each other’s efforts and goals.

Feminist Political Theory 3

In general, which of the following best characterizes progress in gender equity in the U.S. workforce?

A

Women have made large gains, but still make less money and hold lower status jobs than men, even when controlling for education and experience.

B

Women have achieved equality with men in the U.S. workforce.

C

Women have surpassed men’s wages in jobs, even when controlling for education and experience.

D

There has been no change in wages and job status among men and women for several decades.

E

Men, on average, make 50 percent more than women, even when controlling for education, despite feminism’s best efforts over the last several decades.

Feminist Political Theory 4

Roughly what percentage of the U.S. Congress and House of Representatives has been made up of women at any one time over the last 20 years?

A

Less than 5 percent

B

Between 10 and 17 percent

C

Between 20 and 40 percent

D

About 50 percent

E

Significantly more than 50 percent

Feminist Political Theory 5

What do recent examinations of efforts of women to balance work and family find?

A

Women finally make more money than men.

B

Men today do as much housework as women.

C

Even though more women are working than at any time in the nation’s history, they still are primarily responsible for the housework.

D

All of the above

E

None of the above

Feminist Political Theory 6

What is the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation?

A

Gender identity is one’s internal sense of being a man or a woman, regardless of biological sex. Sexual orientation is one’s sexual attraction to others, who may be of the opposite sex, the same sex, or either sex.

B

Sexual orientation is a one’s internal sense of being a man or a woman, regardless of biological sex. Gender identity is one’s sexual attraction to others, who may be of the opposite sex, the same sex, or either sex.

C

Gender identity is how other people perceive one’s presentation as a man or a woman. Sexual orientation indicates whether someone is sexually active or not.

D

Gender identity is always defined by one’s biological sex—being a man or a women. Sexual orientation measures attraction toward both sexes.

E

None of the above

Feminist Political Theory 7

Which of the following areas has been the focus of feminist efforts to promote gender equity?

A

Sports and athletics

B

Education

C

Politics

D

Medicine

E

All of the above

Feminist Political Theory 8

Which of the following best defines feminism as generally agreed upon by feminist activists, writers, and philosophers of different eras and schools of thought?

A

It is a belief that justice requires equal rights for women and the end of sexism in all forms.

B

It is a belief that women are superior to men and thus deserve more political and economic advantages.

C

It is strictly a political movement in the United States and European democracies.

D

It is a uniform school of thought that unites women of all races, classes, and generations.

E

It is a political movement meant to conflict with men’s economic and political rights.

Feminist Political Theory 9

Which of the following best defines feminist belief in the context of American politics?

A

It is a shared belief among women of various races and income levels that they deserve more political rights than they have received throughout American political history.

B

It is a belief that oppression against women exists and that such oppression is unjust.

C

It is a belief that men and women should actively participate in political movements that work against the oppression of women.

D

It is defined by political and economic efforts to advantage women over men.

E

It is a leftist political philosophy adopted by a small group of women in the United States and Europe.

Feminist Political Theory 10

Which of the following is a common but erroneous stereotype of feminism held by some citizens in the early days of the feminist movement and continuing through today?

A

Feminism is made up of women who dislike men.

B

Feminism is populated by women who believe that men are inferior.

C

Feminism is only concerned with C aucasian women.

D

Women who identify as feminists are unlikely to become wives and mothers.

E

All of the above

Feminist Political Theory 11

Which of the following is a common critique of how the media portrays gender in political campaigns in the U.S.?

A

Female candidates are portrayed as more masculine than they really are in political campaign coverage in the U.S.

B

Compared to male candidates, female candidates’ physical appearance and clothing choices are more likely to be discussed in political campaign coverage in the U.S.

C

Compared to male candidates, female candidates are more likely to be sexualized in political campaign coverage in the U.S.

D

Both B and C

E

All of the above

Feminist Political Theory 12

Which of the following is a common media stereotype of feminist activists today?

A

Feminist activists tend to dislike men.

B

Feminist activists tend to believe that men are inferior to them.

C

Feminist activists are only concerned with middle- and upper-class Caucasian women.

D

Feminist activists are unlikely to become wives and mothers.

E

All of the above

Feminist Political Theory 13

Which of the following is NOT a branch of feminist epistemology?

A

Feminist Standpoint Theory

B

Feminist Postmodernism

C

Feminist Empiricism

D

All of the above are branches of feminist epistemology

E

None of the above are branches of feminist epistemology

Feminist Political Theory 14

Which of the following is true about gender identity?

A

A biological male will always identify as a boy or man.

B

A biological female will always identify as a girl or woman.

C

Gender identity is one’s internal sense of being a man or a woman, regardless of biological sex.

D

Gender identity and sexual identity are the same thing.

E

None of the above

Feminist Political Theory 15

Which of the following issues regarding gender equity was a primary goal of First Wave feminists?

A

Equal pay

B

Voting rights

C

Reproductive rights

D

Legal rights

E

None of the above

Feminist Political Theory 16

Which of the following political and cultural issues are of interest to feminism?

A

Human trafficking

B

Racial issues

C

Sexuality issues

D

Higher education issues

E

All of the above

Feminist Political Theory 17

Which of the following questions produces different responses and even disagreement among feminists?

A

What would count as (full) justice for women?

B

What is the nature of the wrong that feminism seeks to address?

C

Have women been denied equal respect for their biological differences?

D

All of the above

E

None of the above

Feminist Political Theory 18

Which of the following statements is true about Internet blogs as a major source of feminist writing in the twenty-first century?

A

There is not much diversity among different schools of feminism on the Web.

B

Only women writers blog about feminist issues on the Web.

C

There is a great deal of diversity among different schools of feminism on the Web.

D

Both A and B

E

None of the above

Feminist Political Theory 19

Which of the following best characterizes anarchist feminism?

A

Belief that the state oppresses women

B

Belief that the economic system oppresses women

C

Belief that the state should be abolished

D

Belief that the capitalist system should be abolished

E

Belief that struggle against sexism and the patriarchy is an essential part of fighting class and state oppression

Feminist Political Theory 20

Which of the following symbols or personalities most represented working women during World War II?

A

Betty Friedan

B

Rosie the Riveter

C

Emma Goldman

D

Elizabeth C ady Stanton

E

Simone de Beauvoir

Feminist Political Theory 21

Which wave of feminism is most associated with women obtaining the right to vote in the United States?

A

First Wave

B

Second Wave

C

Third Wave

D

Both B and C

E

None of the above

Feminist Political Theory 22

In which wave of feminism did the mantra that “the personal is political” become integral to the movement?

A

First Wave

B

Second Wave

C

Third Wave

D

Both A and C

E

None of the above

Feminist Political Theory 23

When Second Wave feminists questioned the public/private split in women’s lives, which of the following best characterizes their concerns?

A

Primary responsibility for housework and raising children relegates women to the home, and psychologically denies them full personhood and citizenship in the public sphere.

B

Because women are confined to the home, they are not interested in developing the skills necessary to participate in public life.

C

Women’s roles as mothers and housekeepers prevent them from running for political office.

D

Women shouldn’t have to play an important role in housekeeping and raising children.

E

None of the above

Feminist Political Theory 24

Which of the following best describes the major concerns of Second Wave feminists?

A

Focus on voting rights and the right to own property

B

Focus on gender identity and sexuality issues

C

Focus on workplace equity and class-related issues

D

Focus on legal equity

E

Focus on sexual harassment issues

Feminist Political Theory 25

Which of the following best represents the principal mission of the National Organization of Women?

A

To encourage women to prioritize feminist issues over economic issues when they vote

B

To argue for policies that benefit women at the expense of men

C

To participate in the political process in a way that promotes gender equality

D

To raise money for anti-war activities and conferences

E

All of the above

Feminist Political Theory 26

Which wave of feminism is most associated with work and family issues?

A

First Wave

B

Second Wave

C

Third Wave

D

Both A and C

E

None of the above

Feminist Political Theory 27

Contemporary feminist concerns about the body focus on which of the following differences?

A

Biological differences

B

Racial differences

C

Class differences

D

Religious differences

E

A, B, and C

Feminist Political Theory 28

Most poststructuralist feminists would agree with which of the following statements?

A

Language does not accurately represent or reflect reality, but rather constructs it.

B

Universalizing, or essentialist, principles are linked to oppression and domination of that which does not conform to socially constructed standards of male and female.

C

As per Foucault, human subjection is the result of power relations proliferated through multiple discourses, and deconstructing these power relations is essential for resisting repressive forces.

D

The use of identity politics in feminism is potentially dangerous because it reinforces selfconcepts generated through operations of power that are not liberatory.

E

All of the above

Feminist Political Theory 29

Which are areas of disagreement or contention among feminists regarding issues of moral psychology?

A

The role of emotion in moral theory

B

Whether women have deformed desires, and to what extent these possible deformed desires interfere with women’s autonomy

C

The degree to which members of the dominant group—men—are responsible for their participation in the oppression of women

D

Whether the socialization or background circumstances of women undermines their responsibility or blameworthiness for immoral action unrelated to oppression

E

All of the above

Feminist Political Theory 30

Which of the following best characterizes the relationship between feminist theorists and transgender theorists?

A

These theorists agree on most ideas, arguments, and conceptualizations of gender identity and sexuality.

B

These theorists share some overlapping ideas about gender identity and sexuality, but there are also many differences and disagreements.

C

These theorists do not communicate in the academic world.

D

Both A and C

E

None of the above

Feminist Political Theory 31

Which of the following democratic revolutions was most influenced by feminism?

A

The American Revolution

B

The Arab Spring

C

The Tea Party Revolution

D

The Greek Resistance during WWII

E

All of the above

Feminist Political Theory 32

Which of the following is a critique of poststructural and queer feminism?

A

It is too “ivory tower” academic.

B

It is difficult to read.

C

It is overly concerned with language and text.

D

Both A and C

E

None of the above

Feminist Political Theory 33

Which of the following is an international issue that is of concern to contemporary feminists?

A

Genital mutilation

B

Poverty

C

Reproductive rights

D

Health services and issues

E

All of the above

Feminist Political Theory 34

Which of the following is the best definition of gender socialization?

A

The formation of an attachment bond between female children and their caregivers

B

The practice of sociologists to explain everything in terms of social customs

C

The process of identifying with and taking on masculine and feminine characteristics by learning society’s norms and values

D

The practice of fathers encouraging boys to be traditionally masculine and girls to be traditionally feminine

E

None of the above

Feminist Political Theory 35

Which of the following questions would be of interest to feminist moral psychologists?

A

How does the patriarchy affect women’s desires?

B

Can women be autonomous if their desires are deformed by the patriarchy?

C

Does the satisfaction of women’s deformed desires contribute to their own oppression?

D

What motivates those who perform sexist acts that contribute to women’s oppression?

E

All of the above

Feminist Political Theory 36

Which of the following statements is NOT true with respect to feminist concerns about international issues?

A

Feminists are engaged on questions about reproductive rights throughout the world.

B

Feminists tend not to be interested in issues beyond their own national borders.

C

Feminists are interested in investigating genital mutilation practices throughout the world.

D

Feminists are active in seeking to offer health information and services to women throughout the world.

E

Feminists are interested and engaged in eliminating female poverty throughout the world.

Feminist Political Theory 37

Which wave of feminism is most associated with the notion that the “category” of woman is socially constructed?

A

First Wave

B

Second Wave

C

Third Wave

D

Both A and C

E

None of the above

Feminist Political Theory 38

A gender analysis of militarism aims at which of the following goals?

A

Preventing violence

B

Ensuring gender equity in U.S. interventions abroad

C

Identifying gender inequities in the U.S. Congress

D

Both A and B

E

None of the above

Feminist Political Theory 39

Which of the following areas of research would be interesting to a feminist bioethicist?

A

Sex selection techniques

B

Genetic testing and screening

C

Abortion

D

Discrimination in health insurance

E

All of the above would be interesting to a feminist bioethicist.

Feminist Political Theory 40

Which of the following is NOT a feminist perspective on science?

A

The institutions of science have a long tradition of excluding women as practitioners.

B

Women are routinely marginalized as subjects of scientific inquiry, or are treated in ways that reproduce gender-normative stereotypes.

C

Women have historically been over-examined in medical research.

D

Scientific authority has frequently served to rationalize the kinds of social roles and institutions that feminists question.

E

None of the above are feminist perspectives on science.

Feminist Political Theory 41

Which of the following issues is of concern to some feminists regarding pornography?

A

It can be seen as advocating violence against women.

B

It can be seen as objectifying women as sexual beings.

C

It is considered culturally inappropriate for women to view pornography.

D

Both A and B

E

None of the above

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