Today, many feminists go around stating there isn’t a need for men, women can survive on their own, and that women are better than men. As Saira Khan states in her article on Spiked, “modern-day feminists engage in man-bashing rather than dignified demands for equality.” (Khan 1). It just shows how feminists would rather take their anger out on men rather than realize we a... ... middle of paper ... ...oncludes is his article, “That’s how we’ve come to this backwards point where the new feminist activism, for some, is about oppressing those with different views. So much for equality!” (Furey 1). They would rather demand dominance than equality, call for justice for issues that are not really there, claim gender discrimination in the work place, and argue against any who try to oppose them.
This occurs because of the stereotype that women usually occupy the lower standard jobs; the less important ones, in other words. The positions women usually occupy include: secretaries, librarians, and teachers, because women are viewed as incapable of withholding job options such as managers, administrators, doctors, lawyers, and Members of Congress. As Shirley Chisholm declares in her speech, “The unspoken assump... ... middle of paper ... ...unately still exists today. Both Shirky and Chisholm work at publicizing this issue to society, however represent different reasons for why this issue exists. Shirky believes women are not as aggressive in demanding self-promotion as well as equality, while Shirley believes the root of gender inequality is the low amount of opportunities women are given in the workplace in comparison to men.
Feminism is important because it fights for social, political, and economic equality by giving strength to women and encouraging independence and acceptance. It is also important to be aware that true feminists do not hate men, typical feminine lifestyles, or people who want to follow traditional family structures. Everyone needs to know what feminism really means. So much hate is thrown at feminists because of misconceptions about what true feminism is working towards. Once society understands what feminism is truly about, only then can it work at it’s best to fight for equality for
She does not want to be an activist of women’s rights though. Finally my friend, Mike thinks the same way as Jordan. He believes feminists are “women who are angry with men.” He does not consider himself to be a feminist because he thinks women are treated fairly today and they should, “stop whining” (Mayne, 2000). I both agree and disagree with a lot of the responses my interviewees gave. I agree with the definition my mother, Hannah, and Stephanie gave regarding ... ... middle of paper ... ...mers.
The preceding was what feminists and historians want us believe, however, this is not always the case and quite possibly, it has never been the case. For some reason feminism became an international phenomenon. The feminist theory is fairly comparable to this explanation and determinedly claims that the basic structure of society is patriarchal, or male-dominated. The purpose of this paper is to prove that society has changed for women, but women have not changed for society. Women of today have not fought for anything, but they have simply protested their demands and expected society to cater them.
No matter what the reason, there seems to be an issue with the majority of the public with the idea of a feminist and postfeminism. Feminists are usually put down because the idea of feminism is not truly understood. This begs the question - what is feminism, and who is a feminist? A feminist is a person who believes in the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes and feminism are the ideals that feminists hold. Do women need equal representation in the political sphere?
Feminism advocates for neither gender holding more power than the other; therefore, if one does not support or consider themselves feminists, they are a sexist; believing one gender is superior to the other. It may seem contradictory, two movements can be used interchangeably and can have differences with one another. However, when looking at specific detailed roots of both equal rights and feminism, there is a difference. The difference between equal right and feminism is that feminism is solely focused on empowering women and balancing the powers of both genders, that they do not acknowledge the struggles and imprisonment of gender roles males have and do face. The equal rights movement is meant to fix the imbalance of sexes, this is different from the feminist theory that aims to rid society of the patriarchal hierarchy creating an equal playing field for both genders (Good,
These thoughts are from the same people who don’t believe that women should even be allowed to vote. Unfortunately some people cannot see the big picture on how the feminist movement has improved the lives of men and children as well as women. All that Feminist want is to create a just society for women without oppression to achieve legal and economic equality between men and women as well as the rights to control over their own bodies. By understanding oppression, you understand feminism. When you question why your path is blocked with barriers that have nothing to do with individual talent or merit, handicap or failure, but by on being in the membership in some category; that is oppression.
So often, people think that Feminism is about replacing the misogyny in our world with misandry, but this is not the case. A true feminist defines Feminism as men and women sharing the exact same rights, not that women should have more rights than men. Even though many feel this definition should be obvious and cannot understand why people are not feminists, there are people who strongly disagree with Feminism for their own various reasons. Men’s Rights Activists (MRA’s), Women Against Feminism (WAF), People of Color (POC) and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community (LGBT) all have some kind of bone to pick with Feminism. The POC and LGBT groups all have legitimate qualms about Feminism.
The Misrepresentation of Feminism A feminist is defined as someone who believes in the social, economic, and political equality between men and women in society. However, in recent years, there are new understandings of the feminist movement. The idea of a feminist is often misconstrued as a woman who lives for herself, a woman who despises all men. A lady who refuses to shave their legs or partake in “female stereotypical” grooming to emphasize her standpoint. Though, the argument of this paper is what is the reason behind the misrepresentation of feminism, and where did it come from?