Feminist Theory is an aspect of considering feminism as having been based on socio-phenomenon issues rather than biological or scientific. It appreciates gender inequality, analyzes the societal roles played by feminists in a bid to promote the interests, issues and rights of women in the society. It is also based on the assumption that women play subsidiary roles in the society. The whole idea of feminism has however experienced hurdles in the form of stereotyping by the wider society. This paper tries to examine some of the effects of stereotypes that feminism goes through, what other philosophers say and the way forward towards ending stereotyping.
To begin with, according to many philosophers, it would be wise to argue that stereotyping on feminism especially by men is not based on their biological make up but rather on their culture. Culture has imparted in men some unique beliefs in specific thoughts, feeling and behavior towards women as whole and feminists in particular. This notion has however been criticized by angry women philosophers like Jean Grimshaw who argue that just being borne a man is not a sufficient enough reason to criticize women feminists.
Other feminists who have criticized this stereotyping by men in the form of philosophical connotations argue that philosophy in itself has got a lot of flaws. According to Deleuze and Guattari (1994), philosophy is not reflective and neither communicates nor contemplates. This could be in response to those philosophers who tend to dwell on unrelated topics and ignore a whole subject on women empowerment. A case in point is the approach by “The Man of Reason” concept which asserts that the relationship between man and woman is distinct. ...
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When stereotypes about women are thrown down on paper many women (usually called feminist) take offense to them. They don't believe women are the weaker sex, or think the man is the worker of the household. They don't believe a male should put women on a pedestal, they just want to be equal. They starve for equality and criticize those with different perspectives on how it should be
This essay will explore the negative stereotypes which feminists encounter and how misogyny, racism and sexism are present within these stereotypes. Firstly, in order to explore the idea of negative stereotypes against feminists/feminism movement it is important we have the same definition of feminism. According to Tarrant (2013) “Feminism is a social movement that seeks equality of opportunity for all people, regardless of gender” (Pg 58). There are two negative stereotypes which will be focused on within this essay, firstly the idea that feminists hate men and secondly all feminists believe in the same thing. There are various other stereotypes which are associated with feminists/feminism according to “All Diva Media” they lay out ten different stereotypes however, this essay will only focus on the two mentioned.
We [women] are, as a sex, infinitely superior to men." Elizabeth Stanton (prominent woman suffragist) - (excerpted from One Woman, One Vote by Wheeler, pg. 58) "Frailty, thy name is woman." William Shakespeare - (excerpted from Hamlet, Act I, scene 2) This quote made by Stanton in 1890 shows many of the feministic beliefs held by the women of today. And the quote made by Shakespeare holds many of the same thoughts shared by men. The battle of the sexes is prevalent everywhere and is applicable to anything.
When I hear the term Feminism I automatically think its about doing things for women, and what they stand for, so I didn't really have a good idea about it. So I went online and looked it up. "Feminism consists of ideas and beliefs about what culture is like for women just because they are women, compared to what the world is like for men just because they are men. In ethical terms, this form or aspect of feminism is descriptive. The assumption in feminism is that women are not treated equally to men, and that women are disadvantaged in comparison to men" (http://womenshistory.about.com/od/feminism/a/feminism.htm). I have to say I definitely agree that women and are not treated the same as men, and I don't think we ever will. Theres a saying I believe it is "its a mans world", I don't know if I believe that. I just feel like men were always held
started out as a movement for total equality for all humans, yet it has become a philosophy (largely promoted by Stanton and others) based on animosity and condemnation against men. The rise in feminism has led to (not necessarily caused) an exponential increase in discrimination against men, as many feminists blame men for the injustice against and oppression of women through out the ages, and not without cause. Women throughout the ages have been considered sub-human at best, and property as worst, little more than chattel, and while it is still true that women are still oppressed in some places of the world, in America (home of feminism, equality, and freedom) women are reversing the balance of power. Rather than moving fprward with ideals of freedom and equality, feminism has become distorted and history is repeating itself; but with a twist. Now the women are on top and men are being oppressed.
The changes that occurred in gender relations at the turn of the twentieth century were a factor in the emergence of modernism. The first wave of the Feminist Movement began during this period with the New Woman as its protagonist. The New Woman was a figure that was independent, relatively sexually liberated and educated. Many women no longer lived their lives according to the Victorian ideal required for them and it became more acceptable for women to be seen unaccompanied outdoors and working in certain types of employment. The new woman was perceived as being a treat to men and after the First World War the independence that women enjoyed received a repercussion as women were once again put inside the home and were and were marginalised in the streets. In Jean Rhys Good Morning Midnight and Stella Gibbons Cold Comfort Farm are examples of women new women who were marginalised as well as women, who although lived in the modern embraced both new and old gendered traditions.
Feminism is a perspective that views gender as one of the most important bases of the structure and organization of the social world. Feminists argue that in most known societies this structure has granted women lower status and value, more limited access to valuable resources, and less autonomy and opportunity to make choices over their lives than it has granted men. (Sapiro 441)
Even though we now live in a modern society where equality is valued, patriarchy is still very apparent and it stimulates women to be passive due to the assumption of male superiority and places women as the primary victims in the argument culture (Ortner 531). The stereotypes that women and men have are encouraged by men because it gives them the advantage to reason and validate their actions using those stereotypes. In the article “Too Soon for Post-Feminism: The Ongoing Life of Patriarchy in Neoliberal America”, written by Sherry B. Ortner, who is an anthropologist, touched upon this topic that even though our country right now is developing to strive for equality, especially gender, we still have not reached it yet. Ortner reveals the abundance
In the ideals of second wave feminism authors, Gloria Anzaldúa, Angela Davis, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, and Bonnie Morris, redefined the purpose of feminism by advocating for the inextricable nature of gender, sexuality, and sexual identity. Another author that would coincide with this group would be Alice Walker. Walker like many of these authors emphasized the importance of including the whole being of an individual rather than allowing gender to be the sole factor in defining feminism. Alice Walker has exhibited her passion for the new elements of feminism through her life, works of literature, and through the history that she has created with her popular works in literature.
What is a feminist? Are feminist fuzzy-hair-legged lesbian women who all hate men? Or, are they just normal everyday women who believe that women deserve to have the same treatment as men? What do feminists believe in? What type of stereotypes plague feminists? Are men and women treated equally? There are many different articles that try to answer these questions. The three articles that will be talked about in the essay tries to do exactly that.
Feminism is a body of political movement and social theory primarily based on and motivated by the experiences of the sexes. While generally providing a critique of social relations, proponents of feminism also focus on analyzing gender inequality and the promotion of women’s rights, interest, and issues. However, having the major goal of developing into an equal society between genders. We have evolved, but our views on gender roles have not evolved.
The subject of gender and gender roles didn’t become a widely discussed issue until the 1970s with the undertaking of the feminist movement. Gender is most commonly used inreference to specific behavioural characteristics that differentiate between masculinity and femininity. These behaviours that we use to categorize what is masculine and what is feminine are often referred to as gender roles. Gender roles most often define what a particular society or culture agrees is normal or acceptable behaviour for men and women. Gender roles refer to anything from emotional, physical or psychological expectations. Traditional gender roles expect that women are more emotional, physically weaker and less intelligent whereas traditional male gender roles believe that men are more stoic, physically strong and intelligent. The feminist movement largely saw gender roles as an oppression of their rights and freedoms, gender roles used primarily painting them into a corner, or the kitchen. Much of the feminist movement has been an attempt to break down gender roles for women, not allowing society to depict for them which jobs, activities and clothing areacceptable for them. The term
Over time, feminism has gained a negative label in the society. The society, especially men view feminism as women’s fight for superiority over men. In addition, they view feminist as people who are whining, and complaining women who have hatred towards men. There is a lot of misinterpretation and ignorance on the feminism cause, but it is there to remain and fight against the rights and comfort of women in the society. Feminism has changed the world and made women happier; therefore, it should not be viewed negatively in the society.
Throughout history men and women have been put into the rigidly defined roles of feminism and masculism. This box that society has created has push back the true people and presented us with the societal image of what men and women should be. This is gender stereotyping. Through these stereotypes a feminist movement and a masculine movement have arisen to try to break those stereotypes.
Modern-day feminism is no longer about equality but more about superiority. Today, many feminists go around stating there isn’t a need for men, women can survive on their own, and that women are better than men. As Saira Khan states in her article on Spiked, “modern-day feminists engage in man-bashing rather than dignified demands for equality.” (Khan 1). It just shows how feminists would rather take their anger out on men rather than realize we a...