Feminism can give lesbian women the chance to adopt and have children. These are just a few definitions of feminism. Audre Lorde gives her opinion about the meaning of feminism throughout her essays and books that she writes. She consistently challenged a number of things like racism, ageism, classism, sexism and heterosexism, serving as a means for change within and among social movements, in which she herself participated in. Audre Lorde also discusses how perceiving others as being different is a main reason why black women feminist can’t get ahead.
Thus, the women themselves able to change this situation . Theories of feminism has changed and modified after weathered the passage of time , location and cultural differences . As a result , various schools of Feminism theory has emerged . Flow Feminism does have differences in terms of historical , analytical methods and approaches. According to Gu Yanling , in general , the focus of feminism is to tell injustice between men and women seek a solution and provide information to build a society that is fair and equitable in culture.
Crenshaw introduced the concept of intersectionality to explain that some experiences are unique to those who fall under a combination of these categories. In her article, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex”, Crenshaw describes intersectionality as “the combined effects of practices which discriminate on the basis of race and on the basis of sex” (385). The theory of intersectionality as a whole can be applied to more than the experiences of race and gender, incorporating the various aspects which make up an individual, to better explain the unique experiences felt by various groups of similar individuals. Within the field of feminist discourse, there are two theorists who have employed the theory of intersection to more powerfully punctuate the issues which they discuss. This paper shall focus on how the theory of intersectionality is applied to two articles, put forth by Angela Davis and Julietta Hua, to further explain and understand the complexities of the particular fields of discourse they represent.
Contributions made in society by dominate women increased a loftier voice to the feminist theory. The feminist theory analyses the status quo of women and men in society using current and historical forbearances to better a women’s life. However, the metamorphoses between race, class, ethnicity, and age have a communal ground to gender. Feminist theories perspectives provide logical contrivances in which historical mediators examine the inequalities and build justifiable arguments to support particular dialogue for a change. Examples of such are on a social or political platform around the globe and even in areas of the educational platform from the 1970’s.
Martha Nussbaum had studied men’s behavior concepts and she came up with a term “Objectification” which means consider a person not as an independent individual, but as on object. Considering all the arguments of the essay we may conclude that feminism has very strong basis and I has to be seen as a tool for establishing the same political and legal norms for both, men and women. Referring the humans’ history, we see how many changes feminists implied to make the social culture change its attitudes towards women and how many feminists’ goals were achieved. Works Cited Charlesworth, H. (2000). Martha Nussbaum's Feminist Internationalism.
She expresses her concern for the oppression of Black women in the media due to the constant overlap between prostitution and Black women. In order to make a more appealing case, Clark was forced to distinguish herself from the ‘common’ black prostitute, which ironically placed her in a position to intentionally or unintentionally further perpetuate the common stereotypical assumptions mainstream society has on Black women. Austin expands on this point by calling on black women to form a ‘sisterhood’ that seeks to unify both deviant and non-deviant African American women. She asserts that Black women need to better understand the difference between deviance and difference within their lives in order to create a more united class of African American females. Interestingly, she ends on the notion that she expects change from within by stating, “only we can deliver ourselves into freedom”, in order to articulate the urgency of a collective transformation.
Each of these theories try to explain the way women (and men) are viewed in the past and today’s society. The gender difference theory looks at the position of women in social situations, and how they differ from a man’s position. The gender identity theory also examines a woman’s position in social situations, but how it is unequal to a male position. Gender oppression goes into a further examination of both gender difference and gender identity by explaining how women are actively oppressed. Finally, the structural Hutchinson 2 oppression theory explains how women’s inequality and oppression are an effect of capitalism, patriarchy, and racism.
One definition of gender is the membership of a word or grammatical form, or an inflectional form showing membership, in such a class. Gender critics take masculinity and feminism, as well as male and female, and use those theories to analyze writings. In books, or other writings, masculinity and feminism are used in order to describe how a character is seen by other characters. Feminism is the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men. It is also a feminine character.
The more traditional but equally valid perspective deals with racial tensions and how racism challenges the inner strength of black woman as seen in the character of Sofia in Alice Walker's The Color Purple. Each angle of discussi... ... middle of paper ... ...ent struggles in tandem that complicates the nature of the struggle and makes it distinctly that of a black woman. In addition to the perspectives discussed earlier, there are countless others. Each author, artist, director, or musician can view the struggle from her own unique perspective. How many perspectives are there, you might ask?
Though Frye does attribute the “subjective experience” to the diversity of women as a social group, trying to generealize the struggle across races, identities, etc. is not a reality that is reasonable (Frye, 88). Rather than there being a commonality I believe that the commonality instead is an illusion that white feminist have convinced their selves of. This occurred to me after reading Crenshaw’s article and her explaining the underrepresentation of women of color in the media and the feminist movement. By nature, with the underrepresentation of women of color in the feminist movement it would be understandable that their movement does not understand it is under representing those women; understandable, but not acceptable.