Monday, May 14, 2007

Fun with Feminism: A Pop Quiz

Think You Know About Feminism in 2007? Test Your IQ

1. Betty Friedan was:

A. A pin-up model from the 1940s
B. The mother of American cookbooks
C. A columnist for McCall’s
D. The founder of the National Organization for Women
E. Author of The Feminine Mystique

2. In 2007, for every dollar a man earns, a woman earns:

A. the same
B. 84 cents
C. 77 cents
D. 56 cents

3. During the Miss America Protest of 1968, radical feminists did all but which of the following:

A. Crowned a live sheep “Miss America”
B. Burned their bras
C. Threw aprons and high heels into a Freedom Trashcan
D. Sprayed Toni home permanent spray inside the convention hall

4. In 2007, women make up what percent of the U.S. Senate?

A. 3%
B. 16%
C. 33%
D. 50%

5. “Postfeminist” is:

A. A term coined in 1919 by a group of literary radicals in Greenwich Village who rejected the feminism of their mothers one year before women won the right to vote
B. A term used in the 1980s to describe an era in which feminism was deemed unhip and unnecessary
C. A media-hyped label that irritates third-wave feminists more than Adam Corolla
D. All of the above

6. The Real Hot 100 is:

A. A new reality tv show
B. A list of the hottest women according to Maxim magazine
C. A campaign to redefine hotness by refiguring the standards to honor guts and not just glam
D. Hot sauce

7. The Equal Rights Amendment was introduced in:

A. 1923
B. 1942
C. 1969
D. 1971

8. In 2007, what percent of tenured professors at PhD-granting universities are women?

A. 7%
B. 16%
C. 20%
D. 50%

9. Title IX is:

A. The name of Britney’s favorite club in NYC
B. A piece of pro-woman legislation passed in 1972 now under attack
C. The name of a secret feminist cult
D. The sister band of L7

10. In 2007, what percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women?

A. 2.6%
B. 15%
C. 26%
D. 50%

11. BUST is:

A. A girlie magazine for men
B. A grrly magazine “for women with something to get off their chest”
C. A boxing move popularized by Laila Ali
D. A West Coast rapper

1 - C, D, and E, 2 - C, 3 - B, 4 - B, 5 - D, 6 - C, 7 - A, 8 - C, 9 - B, 10 - A, 11 - B

11-8 = Superstar!
7-4 = Semi-superstar
3-0 = Hit the books, my friend. You got catching up to do.

Based on Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild (available from Palgrave, June 12, 2007)


marc said...

Well, I embarrassingly only did so-so. But I have to ask, 20% of all women are tenured profs, or the other way around?

Deborah Siegel said...

haha- thanks much, marc! other way around. my head, clearly, was in some kind of fantasyland where 1 in 5 women is not only a professor but happily has tenure. i'm off to fix immediately. hey, even if you were only "so-so" on the quiz, you get an A for fact check.

Anonymous said...

WOO HOO SUPERSTAR! This was fun. And you say your book goes on sale next month? I'll keep an eye out for it!

Ace said...

that was rad. I got 9/11 although that was because I mixed up my equal rights amendments and didn't think the protesters were awesome enough to raid the convention hall. I'm really glad that they were. I literally yelled out to myself and thought it was totally awesome.

Deborah Siegel said...

Go Ace!! I had big fun writing about that Miss America raid in my book. They were very creative, those rads of yore :) -DS

Lauren said...

I got an 8, but I guessed on Real Hot 100 and Title IV. So I'm really only a Semi-Superstar. I'll work on it.

Thank you so much for the quiz!

Rock on Siegel!

eak said...

I hope you don't mind that I converted this quiz into an online quiz for one of my women's studies classes, giving you full credit, of course. It's just for some web site fun, not a graded assignment. You can check it out here.

P.S. Recently bought your book, but I've only read the first chapter so far. I hope to have time to finish it before spring term is over!

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