The distinction between liberal and fundamentalist feminists is at root no different from that existing in the politics of other oppressed social groups.
The purpose of the feminist is to secure equal rights, outcomes and treatment to men, while the purpose of the radical feminist is to advance the position of women. In a majority of areas, such as employment, both currents share the same agenda. Differences emerge in those few areas of society where women have a privileged position, such as criminal punishment. In these cases, radical feminists will break ranks, and will defend the privileges of women against equality, and in so doing will often join forces with conservatives.