Nonetheless, through the feminist movements, women were able to get some equal rights to men, and are still struggling to get the rights most men take for granted. According to Butler, the struggle became even harder for women with color especially, while dealing with racism and sexism (102). In order to fight and achieve these rights, and fight patriarchy, feminism as well as feminist theory was born. However, the history of feminism has many possible origins, but the most plausible explanation of its origin is the desire for reform in women’s lives. Feminism is a theory or philosophy whereby women are to be equal economically, socially, and politically to men.
This was a setback for women’s rights everywhere, since the only way they were able to obtain the right to vote was by admitting that they were different, and needed to be able to vote to protect themselves form the big strong men. There were many women who fought for female equality, and many who didn’t care, but eventually the feminists won the vote. Women today are still fighting for equality in the home, in the workplace, and in society as a whole, which seems like it may take centuries of more slow progress to achieve. Works Cited Foner, Eric & Garraty, John A. “Minor V. Happersett” http://www.historychannel.com/perl/print_book.pl?ID=35418>[March 11, 2001] Mara Mayor.
The principle of equality for women and men has turned into a fight in which feminists wish to be better than men. Feminism has been twisted and misunderstood so much that it has become a harmful idea. Michael Levin, a professor of philosophy and author of the book Feminism and Freedom, faults feminism for trying to impose an inappropriate equality on men and women that conflicts basic biological differences between the sexes (Levin, Taking Sides, 42). Women are not the same as men, neither physically nor psychologically. In the past, men tended to be the stronger more powerful gender, while women have traditionally been viewed as the weaker, more feeble one.
These arguments are entirely invalid, due to the natural biological differences between men and women. Being as men are innately stronger, do not bear children, and are fueled by more testosterone than average women, the disputes are often futile and unneeded, but pursued by the feminists due their fight for what they consider equality. Men’s indisputably higher natural strength not the only biological fact that causes women to work less or less efficiently, as childbearing has the biggest impact on income and job time in women, causing the wage gap mentioned earlier, as well as creating the “glass ceiling”, which is the mythical limit to a woman’s earnings or ascension in her career. The glass ceiling itself is a myth, being completely based in the argument that the businessmen and CEOs that manage who gets promoted are sexist. The true glass ceiling is actually determined, much like the yearly pay, by the individual person in question and their own initiative and drive, along with their personal situations, such as living arrangements or family.
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An unequal society will undoubtedly have laws that are unequal, even if it is not at first obvious. In other words, for women to be truly equal to men in law, they must first be equal in society. Liberal feminism seems to suggest opposite, as it believes that equality in general will be achieved once women possesses the same personal legal rights and political opportunities as men. This for MacKinnon, would be naïve (as a tool of the patriarchy cannot be used to change it) and ignorant of the more fundamental problem—that the domination of men over women is inescapable and permeates every sphere of society, and is so prevalent that inequalities are misconstrued and reconstructed as gender
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. Rarely any of the modern-day feminists see how women in America are doing better than any of the other women in history or even today. It is grim to think about the radical changes that have occurred. Furey also writes in his article, “Now that North America more or less has gender equality, empowerment feminists aren’t a visible group anymore. They’re regular people getting on with their lives, pursuing their goals.” (Furey 1).
Men view the word feminist as a sexist term in and of itself, because it has “fem” in it, meaning woman. Although feminism strives towards equality at ALL costs,, feminism and equalism are NOT the same. Changing feminism to equalism would imply that men would have to take a step down to be equal to the female gender, further arguing that women are weak and have to have men do everything for us. Feminism proves that we can take that step UP to be equal to men and not have to settle to meet somewhere in the middle. Feminism proves that we are strong, abled beings that can do anything a man can.
Women Deserve the Same Rights as Men From the beginning of time, females have played a powerful role in the shaping of this world. They have stood by idly and watched as this country moved on without them, and yet they have demanded equal rights as the nation rolls along. Through the years the common belief has been that women could not perform as well as men in anything, but over the years that belief has been proven wrong time and time again. So as time marches on, women have clawed and fought their way up the ladder to gain much needed equal respect from the opposite sex. However, after many years of pain and suffering, the battle for equal rights has not yet been won.