AT ITS CORE, feminism is an ideology based on equality. Feminist ideology demands that women be granted legal, political, and social rights that have been denied throughout history. While feminist scholars have identified a number of different types of feminism, individuals who are consciously feminist tend to be either liberal or radical. Both liberal and radical feminists believe that patriarchy is the cause of inequality, but they disagree on how to deal with the problems caused by inequities. Liberal feminists are committed to using the existing political system to implement reforms, while radical feminists are willing to eliminate the existing system if it interferes with their goals. Unconscious feminists are those who accept the goals of feminism without identifying with feminist ideology.

Feminists believe that the ...

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