Sociology : Feminism

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Feminism

Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex is a seminal text of which of the following?

Possible Answers:

Ecological feminism

Second wave feminism

Third wave feminism

First wave feminism

Correct answer:

Second wave feminism

Explanation:

The Second Sex written in 1949 emphasized the many ways that women face oppression and argued for the need for women to advance their careers. This is characteristic of second wave feminism that focuses on women sexuality, women in the workplace, and family issues. First wave feminism focused on suffrage issues alone. Third wave feminism was born in the 1990s and focuses on broadening identities-such as queer theory. Ecological feminism links patriarchy to the treatment of the environment. 

Example Question #2 : Feminism

 Which one of the following statements is true about the feminist approach to sociology?

Possible Answers:

It believes women are limited in intellectual ability

It approves of patriarchy

It stresses the importance of being feminine

It is one unified approach

It emphasizes women's experiences and how they relate to social structure

Correct answer:

It emphasizes women's experiences and how they relate to social structure

Explanation:

The feminist approach is actually made up of many perspectives on advancing social status and equality for women. Feminism focuses on women's experiences and how those experiences are impacted by and impact society. Patriarchy is a practice that feminists largely work to end in modern societies; they do not approve that many societies are still slanted toward the male gender. Feminists would argue that women have unlimited intellectual abilities. It does not believe that there should be any concept as feminine behavior, Behaviors should not be defined by gender.

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