Feminism: Choose your weapon
In a society where equality is constantly fought over, there are bound to be disputes. Feminism, the movement to create empowerment and equal rights for women, has been criticized by those who argue who, what, and how feminism should be fought with. Many conservative feminists believe that succumbing to men’s pleasure is never the answer, whereas “lipstick” feminists believe that they should be able to use all of their essence in order to establish equality. However, society needs both women and men equally. Feminism shouldn’t focus on how women reach that equality, but rather to reach that point of equality in the first place; with anything they got.
Feminism could be dated back to the Women’s Right Movement in 1848. Women were tired of their voices not being heard, so they held the first women's rights convention is held in Seneca Falls, New York. After 2 days of discussion and debate, 68 women and 32 men sign a calling for equal treatment of women and men under the law and voting rights for women. (Imbornoni, A.. N.p.. Web. 27 Mar 2014. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/womenstimeline1.html). This eventually allowed women to vote for the first time in 1893, Colorado.
Since then, feminism has branched out into other categories. There is liberal feminism who sees everyone as equal and believes in equality for everyone, radical feminism who believe all forms of oppression stem from male dominance, socialist feminism who focuses on working class women, etc. (n/a, N.. N.p.. Web. 27 Mar 2014. http://www.angelfire.com/tx2/amazonsociety/feminism.html).
Because of this branching out of categories, ideologies begin to conflict. Socialist feminism will fight for equal pay doing the same jobs as men, where...
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Feminists shouldn’t bash other because they use different methods of obtaining empowerment and equality, but rather embrace what they have to bring to the table. Instead of scoffing at other’s tactics, feminists should “choose their weapon” and use their own strategy to reach equality and create change.
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