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Do Atheism and Feminism Go Hand-in-Hand?: A Qualitative Investigation of Atheist Men’s Perspectives about Gender Equality

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Rebecca D. Stinson ,

The University of Iowa, US
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Department of Psychological & Quantitative FoundationsDoctoral Candidate, Counseling Psychology
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Kathleen M. Goodman,

Miami University, US
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Charles Bermingham,

The University of Iowa, US
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Saba R. Ali

The University of Iowa, US
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Abstract

Drawing upon semi-structured interviews with 10 self-identified atheist men in the American Midwest, this qualitative study explored their perspectives regarding atheism, gender, and feminism. The data was analyzed using consensual qualitative research methodology (Hill, Thompson, & Williams, 1997). Results indicated these men had a proclivity for freethought—a commitment to questioning things and prioritizing reason over all else. They believed gender differences were primarily due to cultural and social influence in society. Gender inequality was highlighted as a problem within the U.S. and throughout the world, however this belief did not necessarily lead to being feminist-identified. There appeared to be a pathway linking their intellectual orientation, atheism, and belief in gender equality.

How to Cite: Stinson, R.D. et al., (2013). Do Atheism and Feminism Go Hand-in-Hand?: A Qualitative Investigation of Atheist Men’s Perspectives about Gender Equality. Secularism and Nonreligion. 2, pp.39–60. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/snr.ak
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Published on 25 Apr 2013.
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