Once women could be proud to say they were feminists. Today it is some kind of extreme word that places you amongst radicals. This image could turn away perspective activists who would be major contributors to the movement. Another reason is that the focus has become more on trivial extremities then on real issues. No one cares if women shaves her legs or not, and although it might be some kind of symbolic stand I feel it is a
I could not really tell you what a feminist is because I feel as if I have been told so many different things, but as I read through the articles I began to see feminism in a different light, I saw that it is much more than just rights. It is about confidence and the perseverance to go on and continue the fight regardless of what others say. In Valenti’s article, “You’re a Hardcore Feminist, I Swear”, she discusses how feminist have the reputation of being against almost everything and coming off as being crazy, out dated, old women. According to the Washington Times, “28% of American’s consider themselves to be feminist, 72% do not” (Harper). Society still view feminist like they were 30 years ago, but times have changed.
In this case women are stuck where in no matter how they act or how they dress, they end up put into a label they do not necessarily belong in. The main goal of feminism is to create equality for women and fight against the labels put on them. Though throughout time feminism itself has been given a negative label. In today 's society women do not want to be referred to as feminists from fear of being labeled as a bitter man hating woman. This is definitely amplified in media today.
She makes a good point with this issue because before any further goals can be reached, feminism must become something that women want to be a part of. If the very women that would be benefiting from the goals that the group has do not want to be associated with the term, then it makes mainstream society dismiss the group even more than it already does. It is hard to understand how hook intends to take action as a fem... ... middle of paper ... ... solution for the oppression of women in society, hook feels like it would not make any progress in the real goal of eliminating sexist oppression. After reading the essay I find myself siding more with hook on this issue. Rich’s solution for oppression of women seems to be to create more valuable relationships between women.
Some vocal “power feminists” that are listed in our “Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender, and Culture” by Julia Wood include Naomi Wolf and Katie Roiphe. These women both argue that the only thing holding back women is the artificial sense of inferiority and false sense of victimhood that many of them have in regards to how society sees them. Naomi Wolf argues that women should “stop thinking of themselves as victims”(84). Roiphe argues that by having non-violent protests against rape and sexual harassment along with Take Back the Night marches proclaims that women see themselves as victims. She ignores that fact that many women can see these events as uplifting and empowering for women.
Feminist art should be anything it wants! Constraining feminist art to fit a certain mold or definition is doing the very thing that feminism and feminist art is fighting back against. As far as the question, “What should feminist art do?”, this is a little more complex. Again, I feel like feminist art should do what ever the artist and viewer want it to do. Feminist art is, in general, the fight for female equality expressed in an art form.
With this astonishing lack of feminism in society the world needs to allow it back in as how society functions, but before that will ever happen, the world needs to look at why it needs it, what it is which includes the stereotypes associated with it, and ending with the goals of women right’s activists. Without the feminist ideology present in culture, many people have suffered and continue to suffer. Over a century ago, the suffragette movement started and boys are still raised to believe that they are superior (“Society” 3). This is evident in the ways females are stereotyped, treated, and thought of. Many women get accused of being hysterical when trying to discuss issues relating to the unfairness (“Society” 2).
There is something about it essentially different and that this difference is of a kind and degree that votes for women would constitute a political danger ought to be plain to everyone. I do not wish to see the day come when the women in my state shall trail their skirts in the muck and mire of partisan politics. These flippant girls singing “votes for women” know not the disasters they invite by this reckless movement.” The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather then recognizing how we are. Woman’s suffrage is caused by culture. Culture does not make people, people make culture.
As long as feminism fails to change the image as a gender bias extremist, there’s going to be worldwide resistance towards feminism. Given that the society needs gender equality within society, people should let feminist do the job. Society’s view on feminism is terrible. In the novel, Adichi OH 2 adds “These are the little things, but sometimes it is the little things that sting the most.” Little
Voicing their opinions, both writers clearly stand on the idea that women are subordinate to males. Sandberg though not claiming to be a feminist both women strive to gain equal rights with men. An example of this was when Sandberg expressed her thoughts to “urge more women to believe in themselves and aspire to lead...seek out larger” (Sandberg 658). Similar to this hooks writes “Weather feminist or not, we all need to remember that visionary feminist goal which is not of a woman running the world as is, but a woman doing our part to change the world so that freedom and Justice, the opportunity to have optimal well-being, can be equally shared by everyone- female and male” (hooks