The interpersonal power of feminism: Is feminism good for romantic relationships?

Laurie A. Rudman, Julie E. Phelan

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Past research suggests that women and men alike perceive feminism and romance to be in conflict (Rudman and Fairchild, Psychol Women Q, 31:125-136, 2007). A survey of US undergraduates (N∈=∈242) and an online survey of older US adults (N∈=∈289) examined the accuracy of this perception. Using self-reported feminism and perceived partners' feminism as predictors of relationship health, results revealed that having a feminist partner was linked to healthier relationships for women. Additionally, men with feminist partners reported greater relationship stability and sexual satisfaction in the online survey. Finally, there was no support for negative feminist stereotypes (i.e., that feminists are single, lesbians, or unattractive). In concert, the findings reveal that beliefs regarding the incompatibility of feminism and romance are inaccurate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)787-799
Number of pages13
JournalSex Roles
Issue number11-12
StatePublished - Dec 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


  • Close relationships
  • Feminism
  • Feminist stereotypes
  • Gender attitudes
  • Intergroup relations


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