Andrew Cravalho Instructor Kristen O’Shea, PhD May 16, 2014 Final: Research Paper Understanding Gender Differences: Examining Feminism Perspective Within the modern feminist movement much effort has been made to find the likeness between men and women. Liberal feminism has taken the stand that little or no significant differences separate genders (Maltin 6). The goal of this reasoning in feminism is equal rights the and thus the destination, gender equality. (Maltin 5) Impassioned women have take up resourceful actions to further their cause and secure these rights. However, by concentrating on the similitude women have constrained their own identity.
Feminism is still relevant today because the gender inequality between men and women persists. The focus of this paper is to bring an awareness to problems that women are still facing and the equal rights that they deserve. Feminisms goal does not only focus on equality for women but equality in humanity. To argue about this statement, I will use three points, including: women’s underrepresentation in politics, continues violence against women and the mainstream medias representation of women. However, feminism has been the reason many women can vote, get education etc.
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.
Feminism is commonly thought of as a tool for educating society on the rights of women. It teaches that a woman is equal to a man in every civil and societal accord. Realizing this is not always the case, Charlotte Bunch, a noted lesbian feminist of the 1970s also defined feminism as "a way of looking at the world - a questioning of power [and] domination issues" (WIE). Many feminists attempt to bulrush the ideals of stereotypical women and push them away from those who believe in these standards. "Feminist scholars also seek to question and transform androcentric [sic] systems of thought which position the male as the norm," says Barbara McManus.
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.
There are certain concepts besides Sex that both authors use to articulate what they believe is required for an ontological shift including “the Other”, women as pleasing objects, men as subjects, subordination, objectification, and freedom. Although both Mackinnon and Beauvoir discuss these concepts in terms of dialectical relationships, only Beauvoir goes as far as connecting happiness to women’s inability to attain freedom. By comparing each author’s vision of liberation from patriarchy, this paper will explore the notion of women’s “freedom”, how to obtain it, and the ontological shifts that are required for women’s liberation from male supremacy. Before delving deeper into the complexities of the relationship between women’s freedom and gender-based oppression, we must first understand what the ontological status of women and men is, why they are different, and the role that they play in ... ... middle of paper ... ... maintain sex difference, we will not be able to obtain equality. Women’s freedom and liberation from a male supremacy is conceivable but it will only succeed with the support and cooperation from the women of the world, which is extremely improbable.
It was and is the conditions women face, its male supremacy we want to change... ... middle of paper ... ...ork places, and in other legal settings. For example, Dicker details the contribution of Betty Friedan in the feminist movement. Therefore, the second is considered as liberation of the women from the socio-economic limitations that existed. In summary, Dicker articulates the changes the first and second waves of feminism had in the lives of the women. She also indicates the similarities and differences both waves had in influencing the changes.
There has always been inequality in society. Whether it is between genders or races it has always been a major problem and played important roles in everyday lives. As time has gone on, groups have been created in hope of ending these inequalities and creating a more peaceful society. In some ways feminism has done amazing things in creating more equal rights for women. Though there are still major problems that need to be worked on and feminism seems to not be working as well anymore.
This problem of internalized sexism continues in our modern society. Prescriptive female stereotypes and assumptions of inferiority are sustained by other women and continue to postpone equality. From patrilineal societies came the creation of social norms for what is accepted and expected in gender roles (David). These ideals have been reinstated in the most familiar creation stories, in government policies throughout history, and are now being continued in camouflaged customs like benevolent sexism. Some women are contributing to the discrimination against themselves and other women.
(Davey,2008) Therefore, if women want to be successful in the male-dominated atmosphere, women have to behave in other ways that are unusual to them. (Chovwen, 2007) There are more and more women taking the roles of a leader in the workplace, especially in male-dominated industries like the technology sector. Women have been paying more attention to the harassment in the workplace, language surveillance, and other forms of discrimination women have faced in their career. (Thedevelopmentreview, n,d) One of the most outstanding leaders of the second wave feminist movement, Gloria Steinem said that only in women is success viewed as a barrier to giving advice. (Steinem, n.d) Women have to adopt male characteristics and