Feminism survey 2013: results

Earlier this year, we asked you to tell us whether and how using Mumsnet has affected your views on feminism. Over 2,000 of you responded; here are the results in full. 

MN Feminism Survey 8-18 July 13

           

1. Before you used Mumsnet, did you think of yourself as a feminist?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

47%

 

 

 

 

 

No

39%

 

 

 

 

 

Don't know/ Not sure

15%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Do you think of yourself as a feminist now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

59%

 

 

 

 

 

No

28%

 

 

 

 

 

Don't know/ not sure

13%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Thinking about your experience of posting and reading posts on Mumsnet, to what extent would you agree or disagree with the following statements?

"Posting and reading posts on Mumsnet has...."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Answer options

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Don't know/ Not stated

Made me more likely to think of myself as feminist

16%

24%

33%

20%

7%

1%

Made me more likely to consider the feminist perspectives on everyday issues

20%

38%

25%

12%

4%

1%

Made me more likely to think of feminism as a part of everyday life, rather than something relevant only to a few

20%

36%

27%

13%

4%

1%

 

Net agree

Net disagree

 

 

 

 

Made me more likely to think of myself as feminist

40%

26%

 

 

 

 

Made me more likely to consider the feminist perspectives on everyday issues

58%

16%

 

 

 

 

Made me more likely to think of feminism as a part of everyday life, rather than something relevant only to a few

56%

17%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. And to what extent, if at all, has your use of Mumsnet affected the way you view certain issues? It has...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answer options 

A lot

A little

Not at all

Don't know/ Not stated

 

 

Led me to change my ideas about what constitutes domestic abuse

24%

35%

38%

3%

 

 

Led me to change my ideas about what constitutes sexual assault

14%

32%

50%

3%

 

 

Led me to change my ideas about what constitutes sexual harassment

13%

35%

48%

3%

 

 

Made me think differently about how I parent my children when it comes to gender roles

17%

40%

39%

4%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Would you say that you feel you are better informed about feminist perspectives and viewpoints as a result of using Mumsnet, or has it not made a difference to you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, feel better informed

59%

 

 

 

 

 

Not made a difference

33%

 

 

 

 

 

Don't know/ Not sure

8%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Mumsnet is fairly unusual in being an online space that is dominated by women. Is this part of its value to you or not something you consider?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes: part of its value

74%

 

 

 

 

 

No: not something you consider

22%

 

 

 

 

 

Don't know/ no opinion

4%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Thinking about Mumsnet as a largely female space, compared with more mixed websites or mixed-sex settings in real life, to what extent would you agree or disagree with the following statements about Mumsnet?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Answer options

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Don't know/ Not stated

It makes me feel more confident about expressing feminist viewpoints

19%

34%

34%

7%

3%

3%

I feel that my viewpoint is more likely to be valued and listened to

19%

38%

29%

9%

3%

2%

I feel freer to discuss issues to do with sex and the body

32%

41%

19%

5%

1%

2%

I feel more confident about pointing out sexism than I would in other contexts

18%

36%

30%

10%

2%

3%

I feel more able to share experiences of harassment, abuse or sexist behaviour

23%

36%

28%

5%

1%

7%

I feel that I am more likely to be believed if I disclose experiences of sexual assault, or physical or emotional abuse

29%

37%

21%

4%

1%

7%

 

Net agree

Net disagree

 

 

 

 

It makes me feel more confident about expressing feminist viewpoints

53%

10%

 

 

 

 

I feel that my viewpoint is more likely to be valued and listened to

57%

12%

 

 

 

 

I feel freer to discuss issues to do with sex and the body

72%

6%

 

 

 

 

I feel more confident about pointing out sexism than I would in other contexts

55%

12%

 

 

 

 

I feel more able to share experiences of harassment, abuse or sexist behaviour

59%

6%

 

 

 

 

I feel that I am more likely to be believed if I disclose experiences of sexual assault, or physical or emotional abuse

66%

6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. After reading or participating in discussions about feminism and gender issues on Mumsnet, have you changed:

Base for each one all who say it applies to them

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Answer options

Yes

No

Don't know/ Not stated

 

 

 

Any aspect of your your relationship with your partner?

27%

66%

7%

 

 

 

The way you parent your children?

32%

58%

10%

 

 

 

The way you deal with situations at work?

25%

66%

9%

 

 

 

The way you're likely to vote in elections?

6%

83%

10%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Do you think that using Mumsnet enables you to have a better understanding of other people's lives and choices?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

85%

 

 

 

 

 

No

6%

 

 

 

 

 

Don't know

9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Has using Mumsnet ever caused you to change your mind about an issue about which you previously had strong views, or allowed you to understand a point of view that you previously hadn't understood?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes: part of its value

39%

 

 

 

 

 

No

39%

 

 

 

 

 

Don't know

22%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Are you female or male?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Female

99%

 

 

 

 

 

Male

1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. How old are you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under 20

0%

 

 

 

 

 

20-30

17%

 

 

 

 

 

31-40

53%

 

 

 

 

 

41-50

25%

 

 

 

 

 

Over 50

5%

 

 

 

 

 

Rather not say

1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Where do you live?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North East

3%

 

 

 

 

 

North West

9%

 

 

 

 

 

Yorkshire & The Humber

7%

 

 

 

 

 

East Midlands

6%

 

 

 

 

 

West Midlands

7%

 

 

 

 

 

East of England

9%

 

 

 

 

 

London

12%

 

 

 

 

 

South East

20%

 

 

 

 

 

South West

10%

 

 

 

 

 

Wales

3%

 

 

 

 

 

Scotland

8%

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Ireland

2%

 

 

 

 

 

Isle of Man

0%

 

 

 

 

 

Channel Islands

0%

 

 

 

 

 

Outside the UK

3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: 30-Aug-2013 at 10:10 PM