Negative Aspects of the Feminist Perspective Equal opportunity, it's such a standard policy these days. It was originally associated with the feminist movement with the simple intent to establish a level playing field. The 'prima facia' of the phrase is idealistic, and at the least, the perpetual continuation of egalitarianism. Although these are both true, taking a look deeper into the contemporary application of the concept reveals anything but equality. As a woman, these so-called "feminists" appall me.
Contrary to popular belief, true feminism fights for true equality for women, as well as other people groups. The false view of feminism causes women to distort gender roles, dishonor themselves, and degrade men. To begin, the modernized feminist movement has altered the way gender roles are viewed in society. Women are pushing for complete control in nearly every aspect of life. Many feminists believe women could do just as well, if not better, than men have been doing in leadership positions.
During the second wave, Womanism developed because of a disappointment in feminism as it started to focus specifically on white, middle class woman. Womanism concentrates on the intersections of race, gender and class and how equality should be found for people, not just a specific grouping (Nelsons powerpoint). During the second wave, a group identified as the liberal feminists also emerged. They strived for equality in all spheres of life and focused on structural and legal changes that would certify and protect their quality (Nelsons powerpoint). The third wave of feminism, starting in the 1990’s and continuing into the current time is often seen as a more evolved second wave.
Sue Bridehead’s nature and way of life conflicts with what society prescribes her to be as a woman, as she tries to balance living happily without social pressures infringing on her individuality. Unfortunately for Sue, as Mill’s essay explains, the customs of society are so engrained within its people, not even Sue can abscond from what is expected from her as a woman. J.S. Mill and Sue Bridehead converge with the belief in natural law and equality of the sexes, in the rejection of marriage as a social reform, and on the detrimental effects of social pressure on a woman. Sue Bridehead embodies many of the characteristics of Mill’s ideals about women, though as Mill’s essay explains, Sue is also a product of her society, and unable to escape its pressures, in her breakdown, forfeits her individuality and independence to ease her anxiety and guilt.
Bronte, born into a middle class family, refused to be repressed by society. She recognized the injustices of her society, and in rebellion against society’s ideologies involving women, wrote Jane Eyre. Bronte’s feminist ideas radiate throughout the novel. There are many strong and clear examples of these ideas in Bronte’s protagonist, Jane, her personality, actions, thoughts, and beliefs. From the beginning of the book, Jane’s strong personality is quite clear.
Even males can also consider themselves a feminist because the true definition of it is equality. I think the diary does a great job of showing a lady going through everyday life and struggles, as so does the average human being. Throughout the novel, the reader can see that Bridgett is obviously struggling with many issues. Bridget is not pretending to be a heroine in the novel that saves the day, she is meant to be someone we can relate our faults to. From her poor self-image, trying to find a potential partner, and her substance abuse problems, some might say she is a terrible excuse for a feminist.
In that sense it shouldn 't surprise us that they didn 't even stop to think about how humiliated she would feel” (Katz). I cannot stress enough how relevant this is in every woman’s life. Discrimination, harassment, sexualization, and dehumanization are problems that women constantly face in their lives. Feminism is meant to empower women; it is about recognizing every gender as equal. Yet,
In media outlets such as magazines, stereoviews, and newspapers, there are many photographs, comic strips and drawings of the New Woman that are almost exclusively presented as humorous and unflattering towards women. Although theses portrayals in a variety of media outlets of Modern Girls and New Women were seen as negative and comedic, these representations were still empowering for the woman of the time period. To introduce, many representations of the Modern Woman were manipulated by the media to push back and discourage women from challenging the traditional values of femininity. Men and the society controlled the media; thus through their efforts they hoped to persuade women to abandon the idea of the New Woman. Some photographs would present women as very mannish and containing hardly any feminine traits.
My definition includes women who are not afraid of their own power, and are not afraid of the power of the patriarchal society, and stands up for what they believe in throughout every aspect of their life. There are also male feminists who recognize some of the wrongs that have been done to women, and support the movement to change them. A feminist can be the militant, angry female who thinks that men are against her or the soft-spoken pro-choice woman who believes in her right to choose her own health care. I believe that feminists come in all shapes and sizes, and may not be able to fit into the label that encompasses them. In my experiment, people's view of feminism came in two varieties.
At other times, she portrays feminists themselves as the powerful women they would like to be seen as, but it's always with full disclosure of their human frailty. Atwood never bashes feminism. Instead, she shows both sides of it. Like everything else in the novel, feminism is shown to have good and bad elements. Even in Atwood's brave new world, there is no black and white.