In the month of March 2016, Women of the World Poetry Slam had Rachel Wiley, a poet and body-positive activist, present her now viral poem called “The Dozens” (Vagianos 2016). This poem was about slams white feminism as a clear indication of whiteness self-defense mechanism. In this poem Wiley included various kinds social events that have occurred in the past years and just to name two: Raven Symone on blackness and Miley Cyrus and Nicki Manji at the VMAs. White feminism continues to become more problematic as the media continues to allow it to be because whiteness makes money; however, intersectionality about race, public imagery, and actual feminism also continues to go viral as the diversity of American become more and more productive.
As you wake up, your eyes begin to flutter due to the illuminating light, that we call the sun. It is morning. You kick your feet up, and stretch your arms all the way up to the sky; you are on top of the world. You are the founder of a leading strategic, crisis communication firm. You are an assertive, intelligent, beautiful, African American woman, who has her entire life under control, or so one thinks. You are Olivia Pope. However Olivia, your life is merely a scandal. You refuse to settle down, because you are deeply infatuated with the President of United States. Your father is the leader of B613, a wing of the CIA, and has absolute control over eliminating those who are a threat to the government, even your loved ones. Every time you encounter these men, your intuition, and intelligence that you hold close to your heart, is defied, like many other women in television. The television show, Scandal is a perfect example as to how pop culture depicts women in a manner that simultaneously exerts feminism, and patriarchal views. Women in pop culture are usually represented as a typical, Caucasian, suburban, housewife. However, Scandal depicts women in a way that exerts feminism; they are assertive, powerful, independent, and the protagonist is even an African American. The downside to Scandal is that these “powerful” women then become typical, passive, and dependent women whenever encountered by a man in power, thus demonstrating the patriarchal views within the show, and pop culture.
...framework given to us, feminists, we do have to embrace the positive processes that are sometimes happening within this framework as well. When feminism becomes an accessory it does lose its radical political potential but it also creates a new potential that more and more people will become interested in feminism and possibly not only marketable and sexy ideas spread, but also some important issues and topics will be brought up in public awareness. There is no one way, or two ways, to be a feminist, but rather multiple ways. Feminists, rather than being elitist that these celebrities are dull to understand feminism properly, should embrace all the potential that Beyoncé or any other celebrities might do for feminist values, otherwise the movement and its values might become ever more alienated from the society and this is not going to do any better job for women.
Feminism is a word that is stock-full of implications, and has many misconceptions. Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti attempts to give a broad overview of what feminism is, and how you should feel about it (hint: it’s positively). The book is directed primarily towards the younger generation, and talks about a variety of issues relevant to the feminist movement today and in history. The weaknesses of the book include the casual writing, the assumptions Valenti makes, and the contradictory statements that are consistently made. The strengths include providing an entertaining, broad overview of feminism, and discussing ways to contribute to gender equality. Overall, the book is more likely to be a positive experience for high-schoolers that identify as women then college-aged individuals looking for a critical analysis of issues society faces in regards to gender inequality.
The apparent discrimination of women and consequential psychological and physical effects call for social and political reform concerning women’s rights in all aspects of life. Feminism is needed to promote and facilitate that reform by promoting and establishing the advancement of women. Feminism is the advocacy of women 's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality with men is a necessary movement in modern American society because there is a multitude of ways in which women are oppressed and discriminated against. This is evident when considering the gender pay gap, the objectification of women in the media, and rape culture.
I am a feminist. I knew this before Beyoncé infamously defined the “F” word on the VMA stage in 2014. I knew this before a major party nominated a female to be their candidate for President of the United States despite criticisms. I certainly knew this before Brock Turner sexually assaulted a woman behind a dumpster and only received six months, but was released in three months due to his “good behavior” (privilege). Judith Lorber speaks on forms of all this in her book Gender Inequality as she examines the now thirteen types of feminism. Before I started reading the book I classified myself as a radical feminist. I quickly became aware of my connection to third wave feminism through women’s direct engagement of with feminism, women’s rise
Feminism has negative connotations in popular culture. When people think about feminism or feminists, they envision angry women who absolutely hate men. This may be true for some feminists, but not all. It may surprise a few people that feminism is integral in all facets of life. Its roots lie in a social and political movement, the women’s liberation movement, aimed at improving conditions for women. Feminism has many definitions, but one common definition features the concept of equality, such as the belief that women and men should have equal opportunities. Feminism also examines women's social roles, experiences, interests, and politics in a variety of fields. Common themes explored in feminist theory are discrimination, objectification (especially sexual objectification), oppression, patriarchy, stereotyping and so forth. These themes have developed over time and have created feminist theory. This section of paper will describe the three waves of feminism, the feminist rhetorical pioneers and their critics, and will explain how to use feminist criticism.
We live in the modern society where women can vote, work, have access to birth control, freedom of speech, and be independent. However, two articles written by feminist writers Jessica Valenti and bell hooks demonstrate that feminism still exist because of an inevitable inequality that women face in the society. Both writers are convinced that most of the people do not really know what feminism is about or they do not look at it closer in order to be able to understand the purpose of this movement. According to them, feminism is not about being anti-men and spreading hatred towards males as many individuals claim. As bell hooks states in her article “[…] I tend to hear about the evil of feminism […] how ‘they’ hate men […]” (11). Feminism does
In the rest past, Beyoncé did not shy from affiliating herself with feminism. Foe instance, she has declared her support of gender equality through reenacted Rosie the Riveter’s we can do it pose. She has also included, in her song ***Flawless, a part of Nigerian author and activist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDxEUSTON talk, We Should All be Feminists;
Taylor Swift’s influence over young girls ultimately leaves her in a position of power and responsibility. Swift is a role model, and as such, she is expected to empower her listeners with messages of independence, strength, and equality. Until Swift is able to utilize these tactics in her music, it is imperative that people do not buy her music, listen to her music, tweet about her, go to her concerts, write about her, or watch videos of/about her. As an alternative we highly recommend listening to Beyoncé’s works in order to incite discussion and eventually bring forth positive change in regards to feminism.