Javier Quiroz-Estrada 4/21/2014 History 174 Pink Think Throughout history, women were challenged with inequality and discrimination within a patriarchal society such voting in presidential elections, owning property and having job opportunities. During the last century, there have been many achievements that guarantee women rights and equality. For example, the Nineteenth Amendment gave women the right to vote in 1920 and the Equal Employment Opportunities Law prohibited employers from discriminating against gender in 1988.1 In her essay, “Pink Think”, Lynn Peril argues about the pressure on women that follow the rules of femininity.2 She describes the word “Pink Think”, as ideas and attitudes of proper women behavior.2 Although there are still some aspects of “Pink Think” culture that is still recognized today, the shifts in cultural and political events in recent centuries have increased attention to women’s issues against social injustice. Nevertheless, Peril neglects the fact that women today are living in a totally different time than how she pictures it because of the newly evolved cultural attitudes of gender roles and identity, labor, and living the American Dream. There has been a significant shift in this generation when it comes to gender roles and identity.
But rather it is, “… about a woman whose shaping culture has, in general, refused her the right to speak out freely” (381). Here Wolff’s new historicist concerns provide not only an accurate backdrop, but a greater thematic interest. The novel is not just about Edna’s repression of her sexual feelings, but also about her societ... ... middle of paper ... ...It is a fascinating and moving affirmation that Chopin is able to convey the success of feminine discourse through the trial and failure of her hopeless yet heroic character. However, given the bad reviews and the lack of attention her novel received, would it not also be the case that Chopin, like her character, failed to find an audience?
Feminism is not only a theory but it is also a cultural movement for change and equality. Feminism has been defined as ‘the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of equality of sexes’.1 Feminism offers representation to all kinds of women, highlights the inequality within society regarding women and challenges these inequalities. Feminism has changed along side the changing position of women in today’s modern society and emerging from these changes are new theories such as post feminism and antifeminism. In this essay I will discuss how both antifeminism and post feminism has challenged the founding concepts of feminism in today’s modern society. I will highlight my points through contemporary media examples such as the work of Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga.
The women’s liberation movement originated in the late 1960s, intended to annihilate the vision of a male dominated power base, and desired permutation in the conspicuously oppressed society. Though women were granted the right to vote with the ratification of the nineteenth amendment in 1920, women were not supplied with fair opportunities to education and work. All of the women embroiled in the movement yearned to end gender discrimination and gain domination of reproduction or abortion rights. With profound policies and its organization of tactics, the women’s liberation movement conquered obstacles that prohibited gender equality and bolstered women’s values and privileges by achieving the right to reproduction and self-development. Betty Friedan played a significant role in the fight for women’s emancipation and aimed for “true equality for all women in America, and toward a fully equal partnership of the
Patriarchal societies suggest women’s body are property and their purpose is procreation. Women’s sexuality have been ignored in these societies and society has been ill informed. As women begin to represent themselves more in society, progress is made towards equality. Legislative changes will continue to be made such as in the past as women continue to persevere. These issues are significant worldwide, as women continue to fight for human rights internationally.
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