The Harmful Effect of Feminism Feminism is defined as the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. It began as an organized activity on behalf of women?s rights and interests. This concept was developed to help women earn a place in a predominantly male society. Unfortunately over the years, the intentions of feminism have become distorted, not only by anti-feminists, but also by the feminists themselves. The principle of equality for women and men has turned into a fight in which feminists wish to be better than men.
If women try to fight for the same equality of men they will just put themselves in a more vulnerable place. Trying to equate theirs selves with men will just do more harm than good to women. Furthermore woman can live in a life where they do not have to prove themselves and just life a happy and prosperous life. But men on the other hand have to contemplate on proving and defending who they are and what they can be capable of. Theroux had determined that “it is normal in America for a man to be dismissive or even somewhat apologetic about being a writer” but why is this so?
However, an inequality does exist because men use their inherited authority and tradition role to suppress women's rights. Acco... ... middle of paper ... ... independent life. Although The Vindications is a response to texts written by men arguing against the rights of women, Wollstonecraft's ability to create a clear and logical argument ensured that her work would be bear considerable weight in society. Her ideas that virtue is a universal right that needs to be cultivated in men and women through education and reason is very clear and compelling. She demonstrates the benefits men would also enjoy if women were to be treated equally.
This only feeds into the well known stereotype of feminism. When referring to men in this society, Serano say’s, “It is difficult for men to move through a world in which they are non-consensually viewed as predators” (417). Society takes this general view as men being t fault for how women are treated today and making it hard for many men to join women in the fight for equality. This is not to say all men are supportive of woman, unfortunately, there are still men in the world that believe women can not do a job as well or better than a man, but to believe all men are like this would be inequitable. When contemplating whether to include men in feminism we must remember the main reason for feminism, which Roxane Gay reminds us when she says, “So much responsibility keeps getting piled on the shoulders of a movement whose primary purpose is to achieve equality, in all realms, between men and woman” (173).
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... ... middle of paper ... ...oncludes is his article, “That’s how we’ve come to this backwards point where the new feminist activism, for some, is about oppressing those with different views. So much for equality!” (Furey 1). They would rather demand dominance than equality, call for justice for issues that are not really there, claim gender discrimination in the work place, and argue against any who try to oppose them.
Women can do men’s job and men can do women’s too. “You should be successful, but not too successful, otherwise you would threaten the man” ( We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie). No woman should hear that. This is not true. Little steps and “advice” like that begin gender
To be successful, feminism must focus on jointly raising men and women to their greatest potential rather than pitting the sexes against each other. Speaking of men breaking out of gender stereotypes Watson said, “When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence” (Watson). Further, in “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,” Mary Wollstonecraft issued the challenge to “let men become more chaste and modest, and if women do not grow wiser in the same ratio, it will be clear that they have weaker understandings” (Wollstonecraft 276). Women have demonstrated that they do not have weaker understandings than men. It follows that when men are allowed to embrace “feminine” characteristics, women will be able to fully embrace “masculine” characteristics; each gender improves by developing the traits of the
It is bad to have such perception in this world of freedom, we should have an equal opportunity for every individual and don't let this behavior to bind us all. In our general perception, men are always stronger than women because of the men's body frame and our basic believes. While men born to be strong and hardly to be the loser, they always refuse to talk about the bad things had happened around them. To be a stereotyped of men, they feared to show their weakness and fears from all. In order to build a healthy relationship between men and women, an effective communication is needed.
Radical feminism attributes the oppression of women to men. Male power must be analyzed and understood and not reduced to other explanations, such as labor relations. Cultural feminism has been critiqued, because it provides moral grounding for men to make claims that they cannot help being oppressive. This logic takes a further turn, in that it is then likewise natural for women to be submissive (Ferguson, 1996). Through the perspectives of a radical feminist the issue is we should see individuals, family, society or an organisation with close reference to their sociological, political, economical, race and cultural background and not based on their gender since women are considered as passive in comparison to men.
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.