Feminism And The Advocacy Of Women 's Rights On The Grounds Of Political, Social, And Economic Standards

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Before reading the assigned readings, I understand feminism to be equivalent to fighting for liberation for women with regards to the advocacy of women 's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic standards to become more equal to men. Black and white feminism arose when the group targets different principles. Black feminism would include fighting for rights for women, but also would target racism too. I think the division of black versus white feminism weakens the overall movement. Personally, I would l want everyone to collectively work together and eradicate the division between African-American and Caucasian women. However, I understand that may not be feasible right now at this point in time because black feminism is creating awareness for rebelling against the white feminist norms. Meaning this issue can also be framed within the concept of beauty and body image. Instead of fitting to the usual definition of beauty via, “silky hair and light skin,” black feminists want to make the perception that “coarse, kinky hair and dark skin,”1 is equivocally pretty. Women face the uphill battle of being equal in society, so I think it requires a unified platform where a Caucasian woman should be equally concerned about issues regarding a woman of color. It requires mutual respect for each point of view in order to achieve the ultimate goal of eliminating sexism. After reading the article, Column: Why millennial women don’t want to call themselves feminists, by Denise Cummins, I think that the main point that Americans want equality for women but “refuse to call themselves ‘feminists’” is true. We have this idea that being a “feminist” connotes irrational thinking. I thought the point: “This phenomenon, in which women si... ... middle of paper ... ... public schools, and developing more comprehensive treatment programs for HIV,” equally. The last article, The Black Feminist’s Guide to the Racist Sh*t That Too Many White Feminists Say, by Maisha Z. Johnson, focuses on the fact that currently the feminist movement is “missing something critical – namely, an analysis of race. Or any recognition of racial justice issues.” Maisha, is showing that currently we have silenced the “feminists of color” because we favor the presentation of feminism through a white feminist perspective. She is bringing awareness to the issue that white feminists are ignoring black feminists, or over simplifying their frustrations and feelings on the issue. From this article I learned about the illusion of solidarity. Maisha was saying that “all in this together,” is not inclusive and for this issue we have work against the mainstream ideals.
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