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Feminism: A Fight for Human Rights - Abstract This essay explores the concept of feminism as a human right rather than merely a struggle of American women to achieve equal opportunity and salaries in the corporate world. Without denying the importance of such achievements, the facet of feminism that is explored for the most part is the ability for women around the world to be treated as human. Not only are women denied rights such as the opportunity to be educated or to earn money to feed their children, moreover they are considered property and subject to abuse....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Frida Kahlo: Artist, Feminist, Rebel - Frida Kahlo is a world-renowned Mexican painter known for her shocking self-portaits filled with painful imagery. Her artwork was seen by many as surrealist and socialist, but she refused the labels put on herself. Until today, her works have been able to exude the same playful and wild feel as before (Fisher n.p). Her legacy as a painter has attracted prominent people like Madonna who has confessed her admiration for the painter. Not only that but fashion designers are frequently inspired by her iconic Tijuana dresses while her paintings have been priced at more than three million dollars (Bauer 115)....   [tags: Frida Kahlo's Feminism]
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Is Feminism a Harmful Ideology - In Issue 4, "Is Feminism a Harmful Ideology?" I believe that the two central moral issues to this debate are as follows : (1) Is it immoral to infringe upon individual liberty (even if some other good can come of it). (2) Is it immoral to discriminate based on sex (even if there are innate differences, which are relevant to the situation). What makes these distinctly moral issues, as opposed to legal, religious, or socio-political issues. These are distinctly moral issues for a few reasons....   [tags: Papers] 1518 words
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Social Constructionism and the Message of Feminism - In this essay I will define social constructionism and how the theories of social construction altered feminism’s message during its second wave. The second wave of the feminist movement started during the 1950’s and is thought to have ended with the failure of the equal rights amendment. The amendment was only three votes shy of being ratified. Prior to this era the first wave of feminism seem to focus mainly on suffrage, a women right to vote and own property. During the second wave era, feminist incorporated the theories of social construction in their message....   [tags: Sociology Gender] 681 words
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Feminist Theories and Gender - Contributions made in society by dominate women increased a loftier voice to the feminist theory. The feminist theory analyses the status quo of women and men in society using current and historical forbearances to better a women’s life. However, the metamorphoses between race, class, ethnicity, and age have a communal ground to gender. Feminist theories perspectives provide logical contrivances in which historical mediators examine the inequalities and build justifiable arguments to support particular dialogue for a change....   [tags: Feminism, Equality]
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Feminism - Feminism Works Cited Missing      Feminism is the theory that men and women should be equal, politically, economically, and socially. There are many different types of feminism and each have a profound impact on someone’s view of society. The first is cultural feminism, which is the theory that there are fundamental personality differences between men and women, and that women’s differences are special. This theory supports the idea that there are biological differences between men and women and sexism can be overcome by embracing the “women’s way.” The second type is individualist or libertarian feminist....   [tags: Rights Equality Gender Essays] 1241 words
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Feminism - Island of the Blue DolphinsFeminism The issue I have chosen to cover is feminism. There are many different opinions and thoughts on this issue. Despite all the grumblings about feminism, 66% of men still feel they hold a more powerful position in society. But, within relationships, they concede, it is women who resolve the day to day issues, while men settle the life changing disputes (“Are you a normal guy?” 19). In the beginning, there was the “first wave”, the feminists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who fought for women’s suffrage....   [tags: essays papers] 771 words
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The Power of Self Definition in Feminism of the African Diaspora - ... Despite the fact that U.S. Black women particularly have expended considerable energy on defining Black womanhood, definitional tensions still persist, accompanied by obstacles that come with changing political climates (Collins, 2009). Despite these difficulties, finding some sort of common ground for Black feminist thought is crucial. As U.S. Black feminist Pearl Cleage (1993) states, “we have to see clearly that we are an unique group, set undeniably apart because of race and sex with a unique set of challenges.” Kolawole argues that when African women are given the opportunity to define themselves, then the dogmatic imposition of “isms” will stop and movement towards the empowerment...   [tags: fighting for freedom, justice and equality]
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Feminism - I have been exposed to many forms of feminism. Many different ideas, concepts, and situations have been brought to my attention, enabling me to formulate my own loose definition of feminism, and to take those concepts with me to utilize in my life as a woman in order to obtain the life I deserve. To first understand feminism, one must be aware of the factors and forces that made—and still make—the fight for women’s rights such a relevant necessity. For example, women are mistreated and undervalued in athletics....   [tags: essays research papers] 984 words
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Judith Butler and Postmodern Feminism - Judith Butler and Postmodern Feminism What necessary tasks does Judith Butler identify for feminist criticism. How is her articulation of and response to these tasks characteristically "postmodern". "She has no identity except as a wife and mother. She does not know who she is herself. She waits all day for her husband to come home at night to make her feel alive." This sentiment "lay buried, unspoken, for many years, in the minds of American women", until "In 1960, the problem that has no name bust like a boil through the image of the happy American housewife." Betty Friedan coined the phrase `the problem that has no name' during the second wave of feminism in the 1960's....   [tags: Gender Studies]
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Feminism and Political Issues: Barbara Kruger and Hannah Höch - Feminism and Political Issues: Barbara Kruger and Hannah Höch Feminism and political issues have always been centered on in the art world and artists like to take these ideas and stretch them beyond their true meanings. Female artists such as Hannah Höch, who thrived during the Dada movement in the 1920s in Germany and Barbara Kruger who was most successful during the 1980s to 1990s in the United States, both take these issues and present them in a way that forces the public to think about what they truly mean....   [tags: female, identity, politics, photomontage, rights]
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Western Feminism is Promoting Colonialism in the Third World - Chandra Mohanty argues in her essay “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses” that many Western feminists write about women in the Third World as if they were a homogenous mass. She argues in her essay that the Western feminists need to see the variety among women in the Third World. While at times she falls into the same generalization trap that she accuses the Western women of making, she ultimately proves that the feminist believe that Third World societies oppress all women elevates the Western world view as the superior one again and is similar to the colonialism of previous times....   [tags: under western eyes, chandra mohanty]
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A Brief Overview of Feminism - A Brief Overview of Feminism Feminism can be roughly described as a movement that seeks to enhance the quality of women’s lives by impacting the norms and moves of a society based on male dominance and subsequent female subordination. Although feminist literary writings began to gain popularity in the 20th century, feminist characters have been around for ages. “Feminist criticism’s self transformations over the past several decades as it engages with both critiques from within and encounters from without- encounters with psychoanalysis, Marxism, Post-Structuralisms, ethnic studies, post-colonial theory, and lesbian and gay studies- have produced a complex proliferation of work no...   [tags: essays papers] 565 words
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Feminism - Feminism Feminism is the belief that women should have economic political and social equality with men. This term also refers to a political movement that works to gain equality within a male and female relationship. In a male and female relationship both the roles of the male and female should be equal. Equal in many ways ten one: they should trust each other, share responsibilities, listen to one another, respect each other, and of course love one another equally. This type of relationship is not found now a days because of the many traditions which imply that women are inferior to men....   [tags: essays research papers] 574 words
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How Teenage Magazines Express the Post-feminism Culture - Magazines offer many opportunities for teenagers to consider and investigate their sexuality. In particular, sexuality advices and stories in magazines enables teenagers to understand personal sexual issues or problems that they might be having in a healthier light. Post-feminism attitudes have become very popular in teenage magazines for both male and female readers, this is partly because prior to the feminism movement women were never seen as having much sexual desire for men and women generally didn’t feel comfortable expressing their sexual attributes or sexuality....   [tags: contributing to safe sex messages]
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Feminism - Feminism In the past and present women have had to endure sexism as a part of everyday life. This is unfair and unjust to the female species. In this paper I am going to be talking about some of the issues of sexism and how they affect women. Some of the issues I will be talking about are the white males club and how non-membership effects women. What are the benefits of having a membership to it. How women are kept in their place by society and by themselves. How has this unequal affected women through their lives and the business world....   [tags: social issues] 1110 words
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Feminism in Adrienne Rich's Poetry - Adrienne Rich's poetry serves a prophetic function by articulating the history and ideals of the feminist struggle. By recalling the ancient chthonic mysteries of blood and birth, by reconnecting daughters with their mothers, by drawing parallels between women today and their historical counterparts, and by envisioning the women of the future who will emerge from the feminist struggle, her poetry celebrates women's strength and possibilities. Elaborating her vision, Rich brings a nurturing ethos to her analysis of social priorities: I simply believe that human society is capable of meeting the fundamental needs of all human beings: we can give them a minimum standard of living, we can give...   [tags: Poetry] 2813 words
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Feminism in Gone With the Wind - In times of war, we find that all though out the history of America, there is some sense of a change. This holds true to time when the Civil War that was being fought in 1861, when the South was against the North. During this particular war in America, we take notice of changing roles in feminism with the cult of true womanhood. This cult is described to be a mold for the "perfect" woman. This is broken down into piety, domesticity, purity, and submission. Piety is devotion and reverence to parents and family....   [tags: American Literature] 1012 words
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Feminism in Charlotte Gilman and Alice Walker's Literature - What is Feminism. How does feminism affect the world we live in today. Was feminism always present in history, and if so why was it such a struggle for women to gain the respect they rightly deserve. Many authors are able to express their feelings and passions about this subject within their writing. When reading literary works, one can sense the different feminist stages depending on the timeframe that the writing takes place. Two such works are ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ by, Charlotte Gilman and ‘Everyday Use’ by, Alice Walker; the feminist views within each story are very apparent by the era each author lives in....   [tags: women, economic independence, struggle]
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The Influence of Witchcraft on Feminism - The Influence of Witchcraft on Feminism The witch-hunt that blazed a trail across Europe (and indeed the world) over the 15th to 18th centuries stripped women of much of the power they had historically held. Not 100% of all accused Witches were female but 75% to 90% of accused witches in Europe were in fact women (Levack, 1987, p.124). Prior to the 15th century, rural European women were highly revered and respected pillars of rural community life. Women were not only considered as mothers and wives, but also as community leaders, physicians, and sources of strength and wisdom....   [tags: Papers] 1782 words
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Early Signs of Feminism in Molière’s Tartuffe - Early signs of feminism in Molière’s Tartuffe The female characters in Molière’s Tartuffe display feminist behaviors years before the feminist movement emerged historically. Many of their actions, words and behaviors are completely out of character for women of their time. Moliere makes a strong statement with this play by presenting female characters that go against convention. The gender inequality when the Enlightenment began was extreme. The women in this play try to fight against this inequality and in the end it is the patriarch of the family that is fooled by Tartuffe yet most of the female characters remain un-fooled throughout the play....   [tags: inequality, arrogance, norms]
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Feminism in The Yellow Wallpaper by Carlotte Perkins Gilman - Charlotte Perkins Gilman Charlotte Perkins Gilman was born in Hartford Connecticut. She was a celebrated essayist and public speaker, she became an important early figure in American feminism. Although Gilman’s father frequently left the family for long periods during her childhood and ultimately divorced his wife, he directed Gilman’s early education, emphasizing study in science and history (4). She studied commercial art at Rhode Island School of Design where she met her husband, an artist named Walter Stetson....   [tags: biography, politics of color, indians]
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The Hypersexualization of Young Women and the Role Models of the Wave of Feminism - Free will and the ability to choose for ourselves are some of the most important natures that make us human. As a society though, we have put limits and restraints on some people for arbitrary reasons, and try to override people’s free will, especially young women. In today’s society, young women are subjected to all kinds of prejudice and double standards. From having to face the ‘slut or prude’ paradox of sex, the rules of dressing and appearance, or how to act in public, the amount of scrutiny that they face is outrageous....   [tags: Womanly Image, Femininity, Ke$ha]
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Feminism - Both Virginia Woolf, in a speech addressing a graduating all women class, and Naomi Wolf, in her text The Beauty Myth, contemplate feminism from an economic viewpoint. While Woolf believes women need money and a room of their own to have economic independence, Wolf gives credence to the fact that the beauty industry is hindering the independence of women. Through male pomposity, the conventional lives of women, obsession with physical appearance, and the reality that beauty is diverse, both Woolf and Wolf explain the significance of our world's economy....   [tags: essays research papers] 1816 words
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Feminism - Feminism: Belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes. As we look back in history women and men were never thought of as equal. When put up next to the strong, dominant male, females were often thought of as lower and not nearly as important. Even now though, as we enter into the twenty-first century, with all kinds of women’s rights and the thought that Hilary Clinton might just become the first women’s president, I have to say that I am probably one of the few women that are actually not in favor of it....   [tags: essays research papers] 939 words
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Feminism Portrayed in Three Different Time Periods - ... Barbauld had no old fashioned views when it came to women, whereas Wollstonecraft still seemed to hold on to some of hers. “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” speaks feminism to me because of the honesty that the play shows. Most people would not speak of prostitution during this period, and to know somebody that was a prostitute was seen as disgusting. I see this play as proving that yes she was a prostitute, but so what. Men use their bodies all the time, and yet nobody calls them names. Mrs. Warren felt like she had no other way....   [tags: romantic, victorian, era, century] 564 words
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Feminism in The Things They Carried by Tim O´brien - Of all the literary lenses, one would not think that feminism would be a prevalent topic in a war novel. In Tim O’Brien’s iconic book, The Things They Carried, the idea that women were just as important as men acts an important theme, however from a different perspective. Movies and epic war stories tell of the heroic actions of the World’s finest: bulky men with an appetite for battle. Yet, there always lied a backbone. Comfort, inspiration, ease, all things that women provided to soldiers during any war....   [tags: women, warriors, inanimate objects] 1301 words
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Feminism In The Crime Film Genre - Feminism In The Crime Film Genre Throughout motion picture history, women have experienced more transition in their roles, as a result of changing societal norms, than any other class. At first, both society and the movie industry preached that women should be dependent on men and remain in the home, in order to guarantee stability in the community and the family. As time passed and attitudes changed, women were beginning to be depicted as strong willed, independent minded characters, who were eager to break away from convention....   [tags: Women Females Movies Film Essays] 2065 words
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Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour and Feminism in the 1800s - According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, feminism is defined as the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. Feminism is a major part of the short story, “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, which is a story that portrays women’s lack of freedom in the1800s. Women had no rights, and had to cater to all of their husband’s needs. The main character in “The Story of an Hour” is a woman who suffers from heart trouble, named Mrs. Mallard. When Mrs. Mallard was told about her husband’s death, she was initially emotional, but because of her husband’s death she reaped freedom and became swept away with joy....   [tags: The Story of an Hour Essays]
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The Australian Legend and Feminism - The Australian Legend And Feminism Until recent years it has been believed that there are two sexes, being male and female, and with these there are two genders, with these being masculinity and feminity. It may also be argued that sex is biology determined where as gender is socially and culturally constructed as studies of societies, both present and past, have shown that there is no relationship between social roles and biological sex (Abercrombie, Hill & Turner, 2000). With the introduction of post modernist feminist theories we have begun to question whether or not there are only two genders and how to classify transgender (Flax, 1990)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Frankenstein vs. the Terminator: Themes of Science, Feminism, and Romanticism - Author of Frankenstein, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin; Born on 30th August 1797-Died on 1st February 1851. In her time she was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, a travel-writer and her Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus 1818. Marry Shelley, when she made a conscious decision to produce Frankenstein, she literally collected her own demons together to create her own autobiography in Frankenstein. Her book shows heartbreak towards conception. In other words where she had problems of having children of her own, she wanted to show this in her book....   [tags: comparative media analysis, movies, films] 1874 words
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Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights: Mental Illness and Feminism - ... His unsympathetic personality is also a trait of his mental disorder (Bloomfield 297). Heathcliff’s obsession can be classified as Monomania, he is fixed on one idea to the extent of physical and mental destruction (Bloomfield 295). Heathcliff lets hid ID take over instead of suppressing his instinctual feelings. Heathcliff becomes reckless and self-destructive and develops psychotic depression, he then retreats to Catherine’s room to die (Bloomfield 291). Throughout the novel it seems as though Heathcliff completely ignores his Ego and Super-Ego, and lives only by his ID....   [tags: psychoanalytical view]
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Feminism and how it enriches our IR theory - The contribution of the feminist standpoint in IR theory definitely sparks discussion and debate bringing forth new perspectives which demand to be heard and considered from the more ‘orthodox’ IR theories, previously privileged assumptions and preconceived ideas. This grand entry for the feminists was towards the denouement of the Cold War in the 1980’s , Kirkpatrick; influential US ambassador of the UN during that period was noted to have said that she felt like a “mouse in a man’s world”. Is this still the case with women worldwide and particularly in the West....   [tags: Military Contribution, Masculinist Bias]
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The Purpose of Feminist Legal Theory - Appearance, however it doesn’t determine moral, psychological, and social manner. To sum it up feminist legal theory purses to deliver how the law played a role in women’s previous lower ranked status and focuses on changing women’s previous status by a revising of the law and taking alternate approaches towards sex and gender. Last but not least Professor Nicola Lacey’s “general principle” supports what the purpose of feminist legal theory is. Professor Nicola Lacey talks about gendered assumptions present in the general principle, in other word saying that the laws are very extensive and results in undetailed analysis of the difference between men and women (Susan Brophy, 2014, Lecture 8A)...   [tags: feminism, sex workers,bedford case]
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Feminism in "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman - After a long struggle to have some rights, women were not given the right to vote until 1920. For many centuries women have been controlled by men by being told what they can and cannot do. The story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is considered a feminist piece through the narrators husband’s words and actions, the environment she stayed in, and the narrator’s own words. The narrator’s words play a strong role in displaying her being the inferior gender in society. Judith A....   [tags: Gender, Inferior, Madness]
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Foregrounding of Feminism in A Good Man is Hard to Find - ... Additionally, although being a central character or protagonist of the story, the grandmother also remains nameless. It is highly significant here to note that female characters are taken negligently to give names and identities because the story represents the values of traditional patriarchal society. By doing this, O'Connor states her point to the submissive factor of women in comparison to the men. Women don’t have right to have separate name but have to rely on men for their own identities....   [tags: Flannery O'Connor, sociological analysis]
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Feminism before the 20th Century - Feminism before the 20th Century For generations, women had been subjected to men. Women had no saying in what was going on around them, to what they wanted their lives to be, or even when it came to their bodies. Many women have raised their voices to protest against this subjugation, sometimes at great personal risk. Such is the French case of Marie Gouze(1748-93), who under the name Olympe de Gouges, wrote "Declaration of the Rights of Women and Citizen." In this document Marie advocated for civic equality, as well as equal participation in political rights, women's right to vote, and equal education....   [tags: History Female Gender Papers]
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Feminism and the Shakespeare's Works - Feminism and the Shakespeare's Works By examining Shakespeare’s treatment of familial ties in his plays The Life and Death of King John and The Winter’s Tale, we can see how his attitudes and opinions towards family relationships evolved. In King John (written between 1594 and 1596), Shakespeare adopts what was then a fairly conventional attitude towards family relationships: his characters never question the highly patriarchal family hierarchy. They also assume that the majority of wives will be unfaithful, simply because they are female—however, they take the charge of adultery rather lightly....   [tags: Papers] 2229 words
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How Feminism Is Portrayed in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles - How Feminism Is Portrayed in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles, may not be the best story to read and it may be confusing to some people, but it teaches the reader a great deal about how women were treated and how women were viewed during the early 1900’s. When analyzing the play from a feminist standpoint, Mrs. Wright’s motive for killing her husband becomes more clear and understandable to why she did it. Susan Glaspell gives the reader an idea of how men and women were treated during that time....   [tags: play analysis, Trifles, theme, women]
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Post-Colonial Female Gender Roles and Feminism in Haiti - Haiti is widely known as a poor country with the peasantry sitting on the bottom rung of the social ladder. There are many things can make you a second class citizen, such as the color of your skin, the amount of money or property you own, where you were born, or your gender. Gender roles and marginalization have existed in Haiti existed since the era of slavery and the issues have persisted throughout the country’s post-revolutionary history. In more recent history, there have been more Haitian women who have become politically active and a Haitian feminism movement has emerged....   [tags: poor country, second class citizen]
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Does Feminism Really Work? - Does Feminism Really Work. Equality -- that's all we want. Women of the past fought long and hard for equal rights. Now that they have it, did they get more than what they bargained for. Feminism has fought for equality of the sexes for years, and has succeeded with incredible outcome. Women are now allowed to vote, hold public office and serve in the military. However, does the aftermath of feminism bode well for all women. The solution that was to be the salvation of sexual discrimination is now placing unnecessary burdens on women and men....   [tags: Papers] 498 words
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Extreme Depictions of Feminism - Extreme Depictions of Feminism in John Irving's The World According to Garp and Catherine MacKinnon's Sexuality In the classroom, in popular culture and in suburbia, to call someone or something 'extreme' is enough to completely eliminate his, her or its credibility. 'Extreme' has become a derogatory comment. In this paper, I will be dealing with two extreme depictions of feminism; one from John Irving's novel The World According to Garp and the other Catherine MacKinnon's essay "Sexuality." It is important to keep in mind that some have argued that the extreme views of any movement for social change are important because they push boundaries and make other voices of the movement sound mor...   [tags: John Irving World According to Garp]
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Feminism and Individuality in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlottte Perkins Gillman - Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses this story to make strong-minded statements about feminism and individuality. Gilman does this by taking us through the terrors of the narrator’s neurosis. Her state of mind seems characterized by her encounters with the yellow wallpaper in her room. The narrator gives eerie descriptions of the yellow wallpaper; she was obsessed with it. She started to see things in the wallpaper that others did not see. “Behind the outside pattern the dim shapes get clearer every day....   [tags: illness, reflection, narrator]
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Feminism and the Power Struggle of Women in Ancient Greece - Feminism and the power struggle of women in Ancient Greece Women are a very prominent part of the Greek society. Their role has influenced and shaped the Greek society to a very large extent. Women have been shown in many different lights in the Greek works of Odyssey and Iliad which we have covered in our class. The works that I will be citing in this essay, namely Homer’s poems Odyssey and Iliad talk about many prominent women such as Helen of Troy, Penelope and also many other Goddesses. Homer’s poems talk about the various traits of Greek women and portray their characteristics by describing their traits and the events they were involved in....   [tags: Greek Literature] 1352 words
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Feminism and Toril Moi - Feminist criticism appeared in Europe and America in the late 1960s. In fact, most scholars were women, so this movement could easily make its way and became influential. It aims at exploring women's role in the western cultures: " One serious cultural obstacle encountered by any feminist writer is that each feminist work has tended to be received as if it emerged from nowhere ......... women's work and thinking has been made to seem sporadic, erratic, orphaned of any tradition of its own " 1 Such a trend was taken into account, rejected by male critics and writers, so their task was definitely hard to prove their ideas and their existence as critics; they had to reread women's works....   [tags: Gender Studies]
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A Feminist Perspective of Atwood's Surfacing - A Feminist Perspective of Surfacing                 Often referred to as a "feminist / ecological treatise" by critics, Margaret Atwood's Surfacing reflects the politics and issues of the postmodern society (Hutcheon 145). The narrator of the story (who remains nameless) returns to the undeveloped island that she grew up on to search for her missing father; in the process, she unmasks the dualities and inconsistencies in both her personal life and her patriarchal society. Through the struggle to reclaim her identity and roots, the Surfacer begins a psychological journey that leads her directly into the natural world....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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Feminist Issues in The Handmaid's Tale - Feminist Issues in The Handmaid's Tale       The Handmaids Tale, by Margaret Atwood, can be classified as a distopic novel. The Republic of Gilead in The Handmaids Tale is characteristic of a distopia in that it is not intended as a prediction of the future of our society, but rather as a commentary on current social trends. Atwood has created this nation by isolating what she might consider the disturbing aspects of two diametrically opposed factions of our society (namely the religious right and radical feminism) as a theory as to what would happen if these ideals were taken to an extreme....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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