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Coming Out as Feminist: A Social Experiment

September 7, 2011

My colleague Alex said recently, “If I’m going to become a feminist, it’s going to be this semester.” He’s in two women’s studies classes and has decided to pursue the women’s studies graduate certificate. (I’m so proud.)

Inspired by literature from his Feminism, Pop Culture, & Media class, he did a little social experiment.  He “came out” as feminist on Facebook.  He wondered if doing so as a man would cause his Facebook friends to question his sexuality as it does when a woman self-identifies as feminist.

This is what happened:

As you can see, his first comment showed up in just over an hour. It confirmed Alex’s suspicions: The knee-jerk reaction to a person self-identifying as feminist is to question that person’s sexuality.

I thought this mini experiment was fascinating. Why do we equate certain kinds of activism with sexuality?


Are you a feminist? Here are some of my favorite feminist blogs.
Stuff Mom Never Told You
7 Ways to Love Your Body (Through Thick and Thin)

New to feminism? Here are some ways to learn more.
Feminism 101
Full Frontal Feminism
“Coming out and standing for what I believe in” on Jenn Said What?


2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 7, 2011 10:10 am

    I just bookmarked all of those resources/blogs you just mentioned 🙂

  2. September 8, 2011 4:26 am

    The great thing about Facebook is that people are willing, if not excited, to make fools of themselves (I’m referring to Aaron.)

    Good on Alex. Love this post.

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