Since “feminist theory” has been established without encompassing the inherently different experiences of non-white/non-Anglo women “much of the theory has failed to be relevant to the lives of women who are not white or middle class” (Ibid. 21). This displacement of a large population of the world’s women from feminist theory is extremely threatening to the development of a woman’s voice, in so far as this voice is key to fighting the battles that feminism sets out to fight: the end of re... ... middle of paper ... ...a Cohen. The Signs Reader: Women, Gender and Scholarship. Edited by Elizabeth and Emily Abel.
Throughout history, women have been oppressed and seen as subservient to men. Gender differences denied women the right to education, among many factors that men had. Women lived their lives to be wives and mothers while men went to school, held careers, interests passions and individual lives outside of the homes women so rarely left. Mary Wollstonecraft expressed her abhorrence for this injustice in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Later in the same year of 1792, Anna Barbauld responded by attacking Wollstonecraft with her “The Rights of Woman.” Both women present a clear, though opposing argument allowing the reader further insight of the oppression plaguing women in the late eighteenth century.
Their desires would start to increase, because they would notice the differences between the freedom men received, and the lack of freedom women obtained. Therefore, Loy declares that women need an identity makeover to remove this feeling of desire that seeks unnecessary pleasures, such as equality —“NO scratching on the surface of the rubbish heap of tradition, will bring about Reform, the only method is Absolute Demolition” (153). Here, she clearly states that nothing old or traditional will lead to change. That is because tradition rests in and relies on customs and beliefs that have been around for centuries. Have you ever tried to get a grandparent to budge in their opinion of something?
Renaissance Humanism shaped people to grow to their full potential and to apply their natural aptitude to help the community. While the society definitely did shape a renaissance for men, women were excluded from the advancements of education and culture therefore failing to create a renaissance for women. The primary and secondary sources show that women were not given an equal education and were banished from society, depicting the ways in which women were deprived from experiencing of rebirth of society. While most renaissance readings ignore the role of women in the Renaissance, the sources make clear that throughout the time of “rebirth”, women were not given an equal education to men. The Renaissance education focused on the classics of philosophy, mathematics, and classical literature to produce a well-rounded individual.
Introduce how feminism is ever changing. It is both reactionary to progress made, and an advocate of further progress. Because society's treatment of gender relations are continually developing and changing, it is difficult to compare any two feminist authors. By analysing the goals of feminist authors with respect to their time periods, however, it becomes easier to view the overall priorities of feminist thought. Wollstonecraft's work in the 18th century were certainly ahead of their time (in that feminist thought did not yet exist), yet she did not take her arguments to any level of extremism (possibly because there was no concept of feminism to support her ideas).
Margery Kempe did something that many people (especially women) would not dare to do- she broke away from the identity that her society had molded for her. The Book of Margery Kempe is one of the most astonishing documents found of the late medieval era and is the first autobiography to have been discovered. Margery Kempe does not shy away from telling the story of the personal and intricate details about her adventurous life. It is hard to say what influenced Kempe to go through such lengths to have her book written. Many think she wanted others to understand and witness how difficult it was to live through the social norms and expectations as a typical wife and mother of the 14th century.
This new wave has exploded in the past few years, but not in a positive way. These new feminists are undoing the very equality that previous generations of feminists fought for. The original movement served to give women the rights they obviously deserved to have, but the catch is, they already achieved it. Now that there is equal opportunity and equal wages, feminists are scrambling for new ‘problems’ to complain about. Forget equal rights; let’s make a public outcry against man spreading due to it being ‘inherently sexist’.
This issue is important because many women believe that the rights of a person should not be infringed no matter what their gender is, and by not giving them equality, their rights are being limited. During the periods 1840 to 1968, total equality for women did not become a reality due to inadequate political representation, economic discrepancy, and commercial objectification. Throughout history, women have always fought to gain equal political rights, but conventional roles kept women from getting enough political representation. Many suffrage groups founded by women challenged the conventional roles of women during 1840 to 1968 with the dream of obtaining equal political representation. In 1919, the nineteenth amendment, drafted by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton was passed.
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.
Although there was an increase in women’s literacy at the time, some did not believe in the idea of gender equality. Though gender debates were new to modernists and early contemporary artists, Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Frida Kahlo’s The Broken Column, and The Beatles’ Run For Your Life fail to break the traditional norm. Instead, they contribute to the struggles of womanhood, portraying them as powerlessness beings. Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary focuses on the idea that women are weak and have no control over their lives. Flaubert presents Emma Bovary as a naïve and sheltered woman due to her obsession with fairytale love stories.