I believe the presence of working women has strengthened our economic system, as Harris said “successful campaigns for the expansion of girls’ education and employment have coincided with a restructured global economy and a class/gender system that now relies heavily on young women’s labor” (6). It shocks me that women used to be expected to be a housewife and depend on their husband to provide for the family. However, just because women are more independent today does not mean they are radical feminists who cannot love, Weiss describes how women “should reject those relationships that demand or contribute to our subjugation… this does not mean…that we are not very loving” (12). Being independent is important but women still value all of the aspects of relationships and friendships, they are just now able to go and accomplish their goals without judgement. There have been so many discoveries and research done by women that have influenced modern day science that would not and could not have been done if women were not encouraged to be curious and seek higher education.
It gives us a social, political, symbolic, and economic understanding of our bodies and how they are similar and dissimilar from other bodies. Because culture is a living entity and is always advancing it allows gender roles the ability to change with the culture. The idea of what a woman should be and how and what she can do has changed. Women are now able to do things such as vote and support their own families in our modern culture when in the past it was thought to be inconsistent with the expected behaviors of the gender. Culture also varies greatly from one to another and there for so does the idea of gender throughout the world.
Feminists have recently claimed that women are better able to sustain daily life activates more so than men. There is a compelling aspect to this claim, one that makes visible unvalued female activity and names it as the ground of life. Technology can mask gender, this move may have a tendency to fade out the female gender. This seems to be an attempt to keep women out of the forefront and the male gender can be supreme, after the cyborg.
Sue Bridehead’s nature and way of life conflicts with what society prescribes her to be as a woman, as she tries to balance living happily without social pressures infringing on her individuality. Unfortunately for Sue, as Mill’s essay explains, the customs of society are so engrained within its people, not even Sue can abscond from what is expected from her as a woman. J.S. Mill and Sue Bridehead converge with the belief in natural law and equality of the sexes, in the rejection of marriage as a social reform, and on the detrimental effects of social pressure on a woman. Sue Bridehead embodies many of the characteristics of Mill’s ideals about women, though as Mill’s essay explains, Sue is also a product of her society, and unable to escape its pressures, in her breakdown, forfeits her individuality and independence to ease her anxiety and guilt.
Her main goal when meeting new people was to establish that she was on the same level as them, and demand the same amount of respect. To be a feminist meant to not look upon gaining equal rights in the workforce, more so with earning equal standing in the individual’s family structure. “In Austen’s interpretation, feminism in her time meant having independence and keeping some distance from the males of the family to maintain your own identity” (Alafaireet). This is a striking parallel to Jane Austen’s own life, which was dictated by members of the patriarchal society. Austen’s characters sometimes reflected her own life, so as Austen wanted to distance herself away from the patriarchal society, so did Elizabeth.
Different from decades ago, women are now entitled to choose between working and staying at home, they have more options than just being a wife and a mom. While, women now have rights, they still carry different stereotypes that sometimes prevent them to be respected and considered for a better position at the workplace. Stereotypes of women such as sensitive, unstable, deep emotional are some of the reasons why women are not considered potential leaders. That is why, as Ariel Levy discusses in her essay “Female Chauvanist Pigs” “Women who've wanted to be perceived as powerful have long found it more effective to identify with men than to try and elevate the entire female sex to their level” (268). Instead of fulfilling the designated stereotypes, women are showing that they can have a masculine side too.
The feminists of the time refused to be confined to a male dependent life. Instead, the authors of the book saw beauty in women supporting one another through issues unique to themselves. They understood that the battle to regain power and social justice would be much harder if they were alone rather than together. The feminists said, “we were individual women coming together out of choice and strength. Since we had patterned and focused much of our life... ... middle of paper ... ...uld now happily chose to enter into at her discretion.
1.To some equality means fighting for the same rights and opportunities as others, or it may mean being able to live life knowing that you are not being discriminated by others, and given the same chance to live life as they want. Emma Goldman and Ellen Richards both had the idea of equality for women, but they both had very different ways of looking at it. They both thought that women should have a more significant role in society. Their ideas were completely different. Emma Goldman had a more revolutionist view on getting women more rights.
Women didn't want to just accept their standing in society but instead they wanted to have a voice. During this battle for independence, women now have the right to work and their role in society has become more significant. Much of this came from the rise of feminism with women wanting to be treated equally to men. Nowadays women tend to be more independent. After centuries of conforming to female stereotypes, women have gradually taken control of their own image of equality to the men and are able to face the reality of life on their own, without men's support.
This is true, seeing as how hormones can affect anyone’s mind. On the other hand, Brenda J. Allen, author of Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity (2004), attributes social norms and traditions to be the source of communication differences. This is also true, since, traditionally, women are thought to be caregivers in a household and have no place in the workforce. To truly understand the distress, both arguments must be scrutinized. There are two approaches to understanding this fundamental difference: biological and environmental.