In my post Scared to Say It I mentioned that I have been afraid to call myself a feminist. I think one of the main reasons for that is because I do not fully understand the different types of feminism that are out there. Until recently I assumed there was only one type and you either agreed or disagreed. But the more research and observation I have done, I've realized that there is quite a large spectrum of thoughts and beliefs on the topic. I have compiled a short list of some of the popular groups of feminists and their (very) general perspective. It is not an exhaustive list and even within the groups there are differences. Feminism has changed from what it started as and is constantly evolving to the world around us. What it once meant to say you were a feminist may be true for some, but not true for all.
Socialist Feminists are primarily concerned with challenging capitalism, patriarchy, and male supremacy. They see sexuality and gender as social constructs that can be transformed.
Liberal Feminists are mainly concerned with gender equality in the public legal system. Specifically equality in job opportunities and equal pay, which would be changed legally.
Christian feminists are working towards equality between men and women in social and spiritual settings, specifically in the advancement of redefining Church leadership.
Radical Feminists believe that sexism is deeply rooted in our society so much so that taking away the concept of gender would be the best way to move forward.
New Age Feminism advocates that the differences between men and women should be understood and accommodated for. Women should feel free to choose to stay home, have a career or both and not feel discriminated against for either decision.
Cultural Feminism is a movement that believes society is hurt by encouraging masculine behaviour and would benefit from encouraging more feminine behaviour.
Transfeminism includes beliefs about the inclusion of transgender and transsexual people in feminist movements.
In my series of questions and questions I have discovered that feminism is a very broad term and includes many different views within it. Two people could say they are feminists, yet have extremely opposing views on the matter. It is similar to how I have claimed I am a Christian, and I meet other Christians who couldn't seem more different than me. What seems important right now is to keep challenging myself to learn more and to not shut out people who I disagree with. I want to keep the conversation open and humble.
For additional reading on more of the history and evolution of feminism in our society I highly recommend reading The Junia Project's posts on First Wave and Second Wave Feminism.